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Wednesday, March 1

Pre-Summit Workshops

9:00  – 12:15  Session

Design Thinking & Food in North Carolina

ModeratorLiz Tracy
Facilitator and Co-Instructor
Citrix-Red Hat Startup Accelerator

This hands-on workshop in design thinking will take you through a complete design cycle and help you leverage user studies to create a low-resolution prototype. The focus problem for this session will around North Carolina food systems in celebration of UNC’s campus-wide Food for All theme.

 Takeaways: 1) You will walk away with the knowledge of how to conduct basic user studies and testing. 2) You will learn how to perform interviews and develop focused problem statements. 3) You will get experience in brainstorming and rapid prototyping a solution.

1:15  – 4:30  Session

Perfecting Your Pitch Techniques

Moderator: Tim Flood
Associate Professor of Management and Corporate Communication
UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

This interactive session will involve both instruction and opportunities to workshop a pitch.  Participants will not need to have a specific innovation or venture to pitch: all are welcomed with or without a specific idea!  We will use our time together to discuss the structure of any effective venture pitch (from 15 seconds to any length), the value and flow of story-telling, managing nervousness, conveying confidence and the basics of effective slide design and usage.  Participants will then have a chance to workshop idea pitches and, as time allows, present to the group. 

 Takeaways: a great opportunity to walk away with the 1) expandable model for effective pitch making, 2) some tips and tricks toward conveying confidence in any situation, 3) the ability to customize your message depending on your audience.

Thursday, March 2

10:45 – 12:00  Sessions


Public-Private Partnerships Between Universities and the Private Sector: A Powerful Way to Advance Innovation

Moderator: Carol L. Folt: Chancellor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


The Value of Energy Efficiency Programs: A Closer Look at On-Bill Financing in North Carolina

Moderator: Carol Rosenfeld: Senior Project Director, Environmental Finance Center at UNC-Chapel Hill

  • Marshall Cherry: Chief Operating Officer, Roanoke Electric Cooperative
  • Tim Duff: General Manager, Retail Customer and Regulatory Strategy, Duke Energy Corporation
  • Marilynn Marsh-Robinson: Partnership and Alliances Manager, Environmental Defense Fund
  • Miguel Yanez: Program Associate, Environmental and Energy Study Institute


Agricultural Innovation and Rural Development

Moderator: Alice Ammerman: Professor and Director, UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention


Restoring the Gulf Coast

 Presentation:   George Howard: Co-Founder /CEO, Restoration Systems, LLC


Triangle Women In STEM

Moderator: Pat ParkerChair, Department of Communication, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

1:30 – 2:45 Sessions


Venture Capital in Ag Tech

Moderator: Mark Little: Executive Director, Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise

  • Adam BergmanSenior Vice President, CleanTech Banking at Wells Fargo
  • Derek Norman: Head of Corporate Venture Capital, Syngenta


What is on the Horizon for Energy Storage?

Moderator: Diane Cherry: Strategic Director, North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association

  • Chris Ayers: Executive Director, North Carolina Utilities Commission Public
  • Ronald DiFelice: Co-founder and Managing Partner, Energy Intelligence Partners
  • Zachary Kuznar: Director, Energy Storage and Microgrid Development-Duke Energy
  • Michelle MeyerMarketing Manager for Power Grids, ABB


Oyster Restoration as an Economic Development Tool

Moderator: Brad Ives: Associate Vice Chancellor, UNC at Chapel Hill Campus Enterprises

Trends in Energy and Climate Policy

Moderator: Heather PayneAssistant Director, Center for Climate, Energy, Environment and Economics

  • Victor FlattDirector, Center for Climate, Energy, Environment & Economics
  • Jonas MonastCo-Director, Center on Climate, Energy, Environment & Economics

3:00 – 4:15 Sessions


Frontiers in Entrepreneurial Finance

Moderator: Greg Brown: Director, Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise

  • Rye Barcott: Managing Partner and Co-Founder, Double Time Capital
  • Tom Darden: Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Cherokee
  • Rick Larson: Senior Vice President & Director of Strategic Initiatives, Natural Capital Investment Fund
  • Rob Mazzoni: Principal, TrueBridge Capital Partners


Opportunities and Challenges for Commercial and Industrial Solar

Moderator: Brian BednarPresident and Owner, Birdseye Renewable Energy, LLC


How the Revolution in Genomics is Improving our Food Security 

Moderator: John SalmeronDirector, PlantSciences at Precision BioSciences


Innovative Ways to Deliver Energy and Water to the Developing World

Moderator: William DaviesAfrica Lead – 2030 Water Resources Group, International Finance Corporation

  • Samantha ChildressDirector of Community Engagement, United Solar Initiative, Inc.
  • Mark SobseyKenan Distinguished Professor, UNC Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering

Friday, March 3

11:00 – 12:15  Sessions


Analytics for a Sustainable World

Moderator: Al Segars: PNC Distinguished Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship & Director, UNC Center for Sustainable Enterprise


A Look at Solar Farms and Agricultural Lands

Moderator:Betsy McCorkle: Partner, Kairos Government Affairs

  • Robin Aldina: Manager of Energy Research, NC Sustainable Energy Association
  • Gary Freeman: General Manager, Renewable Energy Compliance at Duke Energy Corporation
  • Brock PhillipsGrounds Maintenance Manager, Sun Raised Farms
  • Paul Sherman: Associate State Legislative Director, North Carolina Farm Bureau Federation
  • David Williams: Landowner, Retired


Can Biologicals Meaningfully Increase Food Production While Protecting The Environment?

Moderator: Dan Tomso: Chief Science Officer, AgBiome

  • Adrian Duehl: Research Entomologist, Bayer CropScience
  • Todd Leister: North America Agronomy Manager, Novozymes Biologicals
  • Kelly Smith: Biotechnology Innovator, AgBiome
  • Maggie Wagner: NSF Plant Genome Postdoctoral Fellow, North Carolina State University


Water Research at UNC: Assisting Communities Across North Carolina

*Interactive workshop

Moderator: Kathleen Gray: Director/Associate Director, Environmental Resource Program/Outreach and Public Service

  • Greg Characklis: Director/ Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Grant Parkins: Watershed Education Coordinator, Environmental Resource Program
  • Jill Stewart: Associate Professor and Deputy Director, UNC School of Public Health

1:45 – 3:00 Sessions


Universities Creating the Next Great Companies

Moderator: Jeff Rosichan: Chief Scientific Officer, AgTech Accelerator

  • Lydia Abebe: Focus Area Lead, The Water Institute at UNC
  • Greg Copenhaver: Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Mary Beth Miranda: Senior Manager, Technology Sourcing and External R&D, Novozymes North America
  • Bryant Moore: Director of Strategic Partnerships, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Opportunities for Growth in the Bioenergy Sector

Moderator: Gus Simmons: Director of Bioenergy, Cavanaugh


The Entire Value Chain for Craft Beers

Moderator: Sebastian Wolfrum: Executive Brewmaster, Bull Durham Beer Co.


Innovative Financing for Water Projects

Moderator: Jeff Hughes: Lecturer and Director, UNC Environmental Finance Center

  • Christine Boyle: Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Valor Water Analytics
  • Annalee HarkinsData Specialist and Project Manager, Environmental Finance Center