Where’s the Money for Energy Entrepreneurs? Our Podcast Previewing the Conference on Clean Energy Has Some Hints

Last week the organizers of the Fourth Conference on Clean Energy, coming up November 18 and 19 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, asked me to host a panel discussion on the funding climate for new clean-energy ventures. In a teleconference recorded October 28, I asked four leaders from the local venture capital and public-financing communities—all members of the conference’s investor advisory board—to talk about the challenges facing energy entrepreneurs in today’s unsettled economic climate, and about how the funding picture for alternative-energy ventures might change under an Obama or a McCain administration. Now we’re publishing the recording as a podcast (about 28 minutes long), which you can listen to using the orange player below.

The guests whose voices you’ll hear include:

You can also download an MP3 of the podcast and listen to it on your iPod or any other mobile media player.

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Clean Energy Investing Podcast Download

Instructions: Right-click (control-click on a Mac) on the link above. Select “Save link as” to save the file to your hard drive. To listen to the podcast on your iPod or iPhone, open iTunes, click on File > Add to Library, find the saved MP3 file, add it to your iTunes library, and then sync your device.

I’d like to thank the conference organizers, including the Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center and the Massachusetts Hydrogen Coalition, for inviting me to host the podcast. Lois Paul & Partners, which is handling public relations for the Conference on Clean Energy, took care of the podcast logistics, recording, and editing.

Wade Roush is a freelance science and technology journalist and the producer and host of the podcast Soonish. Follow @soonishpodcast

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