USC To Host Mayor, Green Entrepreneurs on Nov. 16

November 11, 2010

CleanTech LA, OnGreen and the USC Energy Institute convene venture capitalists and green entrepreneurs in Los Angeles for invitation-only event focused on growing the green economy

WHAT: Building Sustainable Cities Through Green Innovation: A chance for media to talk “green” with 30 venture capitalist and private equity firms, innovative entrepreneurs, corporations, banks, architects, PR and law firms, government agencies and non-profits exploring green technology research and development opportunities in Los Angeles.

The event will showcase five innovative start-ups: Enova Water, Enviro Energies, Enovative Kontrol Systems, Cyber-Rain and Green Wave Energy.

Also featured: an emerging transportation technology from LA-based Kinetic Traction Systems, and a waste-to-energy technology from Ken Nealson, the Wrigley Chair in Geobiology at USC.

Co-sponsor OnGreen will debut an online Patent Exchange where universities and companies can find buyers and partners for their intellectual property.

Through CleanTech LA, Los Angeles has positioned itself to become a world leader in green technology. This networking event combines the public and private ingredients necessary to catalyze green economic growth.


  • Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
  • Raphael Bostic, HUD assistant secretary for policy development and research
  • Timothy Brick, chairman of the Metropolitan Water District
  • Nikhil R. Jain, founder of OnGreen
  • Krisztina Holly, USC vice provost for innovation
  • Tom Sayles, USC vice president for government and civic engagement
  • Donald Paul, executive director of USC Energy Institute
  • Mark Bernstein, managing director of USC Energy Institute
  • Representatives of the U.S. Navy and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
  • Venture capitalists, entrepreneurs and other members of the green tech community

WHEN: 5:30-9 PM on Tuesday, Nov. 16. Remarks at 6:30 PM by Mayor Villaraigosa and Assistant Secretary Bostic.

WHERE: Moreton Fig Restaurant and Lounge, located in USC’s new LEED-certified Ronald Tutor Campus Center. Parking free for credentialed media: enter through Gate 3, on Figueroa between Jefferson and Exposition.

MORE: is a global clearinghouse for green tech investment. CleanTechLA (CTLA) is a partnership of leading institutions to help grow LA’s economy through clean tech investment and research. The USC Energy Institute leads USC’s efforts to develop clean and renewable energy.

Other sponsors for the event are Southern California Edison, Metropolitan Water District, Rentech, Kinetic Traction Systems, MWW Group, Stradling, Chevron Energy Solutions, Jones Lang Lasalle, Deloitte and Greenworks Studio.

About OnGreen
Los Angeles-based OnGreen is a social media platform driving money to the most promising clean tech ideas, growing the Green Economy one deal at a time. To learn more, visit:

About CleanTech LA
CTLA brings together business, government and academia to grow the clean tech sector in Los Angeles. CTLA works to promote sustainability and economic growth by connecting LA’s clean tech professionals to business opportunities, telling LA’s clean tech story to the world and support research, commercialization and job creation. To learn more, visit:

About the USC Energy Institute
The USC Energy Institute (USCEI) is a university-wide integrated research endeavor that facilitates a dialogue among researchers which enables research teams to inform stakeholders and decision-makers in the government, private sector and the public about conventional and alternative fuels, energy efficiency, the impacts of climate change and pollution, and the economic and policy implications of the transition to a new energy paradigm over the next decade. For learn more, visit:

RSVP BY NOV. 15: Mark Bernstein at (213) 821-2588 or