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Convening Leaders for a Prosperous Southeast

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill hosted its fifth annual UNC Clean Tech Summit Mar. 1-2, 2018 at UNC’s Friday Center. The event highlighted the latest innovations, trends and challenges in the clean technology industry and how North Carolina is playing a key role in leading the way to a green global economy. The Summit is co-hosted by the UNC Institute for the Environment and the Center for Sustainable Enterprise at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School.

2018 UNC Clean Tech Summit
March 1- 2
UNC Friday Center, Chapel Hill

Gifts and sponsorships make it possible for us to bring together attendees and speakers to explore key issues in the Southeast’s clean tech industry.


Featured Speakers


  • Tracy Baldwin, Sustainability Manager, Amazon Web Services
  • Jeremy Grantham, Chief Investment Strategist and Member of The Board, GMO Trust
  • Ravila Gupta, President and CEO, Council for Entrepreneurial Development
  • Emily Kirsch, Co-Founder and CEO, Powerhouse
  • Doug Speight, Executive Director, American Underground
  • Thom Tillis, U.S. Senator for North Carolina
  • Check back frequently, speakers added daily!


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Day 1


Summit Day 1

Thursday, March 1st
8:00-9:00 Networking
Continental Breakfast
+ Exhibitors
9:00 Master of Ceremonies Reginald Holley – The Longmire Group
9:00-9:10 Welcome Remarks Robert A. Blouin – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
9:10-9:15 Welcome Denis Leclerc – Écotech Québe
9:15-9:20 Introduction Stephen M. Ross – North Carolina General Assembly
9:20-10:00 Keynote Speaker Carl Schramm – West Run Holdings
10:00-10:05 Introduction Tracy Triggs-Matthews – UNC Kenan-Flagler Center for Sustainable Enterprise
10:05-10:35 Keynote Speaker Emily Kirsch – Powerhouse
10:35-10:45 Break
10:45-12:00 Panel and Roundtable Discussions
ENTREPRENEURSHIP How the Early Stage Companies Accelerate Energy Innovation
CLEAN ENERGY How Storage Will Change the Future of Energy
INNOVATION IN AGRICULTURE Making More With Less: Integrated Technologies for Better Farm Production
SMART + HEALTHY CITIES New Paradigms in Intelligent Transportation
TECHNOLOGY + SUSTAINABILITY Blockchain in the Energy Sector: Hype Versus Reality?
12:00-1:15 Luncheon Panel Triangle Women in STEM
Luncheon Panel Greening State Government
Luncheon Panel Emerging Partnerships: Student Initiatives and Industry
1:30-2:45 Panel and Roundtable Discussions
ENTREPRENEURSHIP Increasing Entrepreneurship Opportunities for Women
CLEAN ENERGY National Trends in Solar Energy
INNOVATION IN AGRICULTURE The Role of Indoor Food Production
SMART + HEALTHY CITIES Electric Vehicle Policies
TECHNOLOGY + SUSTAINABILITY How the Cloud Can Accelerate Sustainability Innovation
2:45-3:00 Break
3:00-4:15 Panel and Roundtable Discussions
ENTREPRENEURSHIP Creating Successful Clean Tech Incubators and Accelerators
CLEAN ENERGY RE 100: Large Companies Leading the Way on the Energy Transition
INNOVATION IN AGRICULTURE Entrepreneurship on the Farm
SMART + HEALTHY CITIES Electrification of the Economy
FINANCE Financing Energy Storage
4:15-4:25 Transition
4:25-4:30 Introduction Tom Darden – Cherokee
4:30-5:15 Keynote Speaker Jeremy Grantham – GMO Trust
5:30-6:15 Professional Social
5:30-6:15 Student Address Future Jobs in Energy
5:30-6:15 Student Address Sustainable Communities and Entrepreneurship: Lessons Learned from Europe and the Silicon Valley
6:15-8:00 Summit Networking Dinner
  • Subject to Change

Day 2

Summit Day 2

Friday, March 2nd
8:00-8:45 Networking
Continental Breakfast +
8:55-9:00 Welcome
9:00 – 9:05 Introduction Joel Olsen – O2 Emc
9:05-9:45 Keynote Speaker Thom Tillis – U.S. Senator for North Carolina
9:45-9:50 Introduction Olga Hawn – UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School
9:50-10:20 Keynote Speaker Adam Monroe – Novozymes Americas
10:30-11:00 Mentor Meet-up Refreshments
+ Exhibitors
11:00-12:15 Panel and Roundtable Discussions
ENTREPRENEURSHIP International Clean Tech Network
CLEAN ENERGY Renewable Energy Policy in NC: The Future Beyond HB 589
SMART + HEALTHY CITIES The Microgrid: Securing Essential Infrastructure
FUTURE OF ENERGY Utility Planning in a Time of Dramatic Change
12:15-1:30 Networking Lunch
+ Exhibitors
1:45-3:00 Panel and Roundtable Discussions
ENTREPRENEURSHIP The Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in RTP: Strengths and Challenges
CLEAN ENERGY Grid Modernization
INNOVATION IN AGRICULTURE The Value Chain for Hard Cider
SMART + HEALTHY CITIES Generating Profits and Jobs from Waste Streams
FINANCE Investing in the Future of Energy
3:00-4:00 Closing Reception
  • Subject to change.


  • Keynote Addresses: Thought provoking addresses by clean tech industry leaders and key government officials.
  • Panel Discussions: Presentations, discussions and Q & A with experts from industry, government, agriculture, communities and academia.
  • Workshops: Interactive and engaging sessions to explore, learn and collaborate.
  • Round Table Discussions: Informal, in-depth discussions exploring key issues.


  • The Summit Mentor Program offers students an invaluable opportunity to meet with a professional throughout the Summit.
  • The Networking Lunch offers students and representatives from a wide variety of companies a chance to meet and make connections.

NEW IN 2018!

  • The Professional Social will offer professionals an opportunity to make new connections and reconnect with colleagues.
  • The Summit Networking Dinner offers attendees an opportunity to interact with more people during dinner and the flexibility to move around the room while enjoying a variety of local food and beverages.


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The 2018 Summit will host the Annual Meeting of the International Clean Tech Network

The International Cleantech Network is an exclusive network of cleantech clusters from the world’s leading cleantech regions that aims to generate new business opportunities, enhance competitive advantages and create value for companies, knowledge institutions and local authorities across cluster regions.

In accordance with the UNC Institute for the Environment’s commitment to sustainability the 2018 UNC Clean Tech Summit will be a Carolina Green event.