Advanced Carbon Utilization
CEO and President, Accelergy Corp
John has more than 25 years of experience managing and developing companies commercializing products in numerous CleanTech markets as well as making venture capital investments in these markets. Prior to Accelergy, he has served as the leader of four companies all of which became leaders in their market and realized successful exits for their investors. John has invested, developed and managed companies broadly across the CleanTech sectors including cleaner chemicals and fuels, materials substitution, manufacturing efficiency, supply chain, energy storage, energy efficiency, smart grid, and solar. During his career, he has invested in 22 companies in the CleanTech space, with 14 of those investments having realized an exit.
Previously he was a Founder and Managing Director of Element Partners, an $800 million venture capital and private equity firm focused on CleanTech investments. Prior to Element, John was a Partner at Advent International Corporation, now a $30 billion global private equity firm, during which time he managed the firm’s California office for 9 years
Before Advent, John spent 7 years at Materia Ventures Associates, investing in and managing early-stage companies that were commercializing applications of advanced materials technologies. He also served as CEO of Luxar Corporation, a manufacturer of CO2 lasers for the medical market and as President of SSC, Inc., a manufacturer of high performance ceramic oxide materials used in superconductors, fuel cells, catalysts and other applications. Both Luxar and SSC had successful exits, the former through a merger with ESC Medical and the latter through a sale to Praxair.
Early in his career, John held various positions at 3M Corporation in its Acquisitions and Business Development Department including working in the company’s corporate venture capital program.
Prior to his business career John had a successful hockey career including playing professionally, being a member of the U.S. Junior National Team and of a U.S. Select Team that won the Spengler Cup.
John received a BS in Business Administration from Michigan Technological University and an MBA from the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. John has served on the boards of more than 25 companies in his career including, among others, the boards of Accelergy Corp., EdeniQ, Inc., FiveCubits, Inc., GarrettCom, Inc., HiQ Solar, Inc., Luxar Corp., OK International, Inc., RedPrairie Corp. and SSC, Inc. John is a member of the Michigan Technological University School of Business and Economics’ Dean’s Advisory Board, past Chairman of the CleanTech Venture Network Advisory Board and former Chairman of the Michigan Technological University Hockey Enrichment Campaign. He is a member of the Michigan Tech Sports Hall of Fame.
General Partner, Technology Partners
Ira Ehrenpreis is a General Partner with Technology Partners. He has been with the firm since 1996. Mr. Ehrenpreis leads Technology Partners’ CleanTech investment practice, investing in energy technology, water technology and materials science opportunities. He is a recognized leader in both the venture capital industry and the CleanTech sector. In 2007, Details magazine named him one of the Top 50 Most Influential Men Under 45.
Mr. Ehrenpreis serves on the Board of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) and on the Board of the Western Association of Venture Capitalists (WAVC). He is the Co-Chairman of both the VCNetwork and the YVCA, non-profit organizations comprising more than 1,000 venture capitalists. In the CleanTech sector, Ira has served on several industry Boards, including the Clean-Tech Investor Summit (2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 Conference Chairman), CleanTech Venture Network (Past Chairman), Energy Investors Forum (2004 Conference Chairman), Energy Venture Fair and California Climate Change Advisory Board.
Recently, Mr. Ehrenpreis was featured as the Keynote speaker at both the CleanTech Venture Forum VI and the CleanTech Venture Forum V. He has served on the Advisory Boards of the Southern California Tech Coast Alliance, Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (FEW) and the Comerica Venture Capital Advisory Board. He is an active leader at Stanford University, where his contributions have included teaching a course on Venture Capital and serving on the Board of Visitors of Stanford Law School. Mr. Ehrenpreis is a Contributor to Nimmer on Copyright, the leading copyright treatise.
Mr. Ehrenpreis received his JD/MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and Stanford Law School, where he was an Associate Editor of Stanford Law Review. He holds a BA from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude.
General Partner, Nth Power
Bryant Tong joined Nth Power in 2001 as a Managing Director. Previously, Mr. Tong was founder, President and CEO of Pacific Venture Capital (PVC), the venture capital arm of PG&E. At PVC, Mr. Tong led investments in the energy and telecommunications sectors.
Prior to joining PVC, Mr. Tong co-founded ReSourcePhoenix, a public company that pioneered the use of the Internet to help businesses outsource IT and accounting operations. As President and COO, he planned business strategy, led sales and marketing and was responsible for all day-to-day operations. Prior to ReSourcePhoenix, Mr. Tong was a member of the senior management group at Phoenix American. While at Phoenix American, Mr. Tong worked with Phoenix Growth Capital (PGC), which provided venture lease financing to over 200 venture capital-backed companies.
Mr. Tong served for four years as a senior member of the audit staff of Ernst and Young. He was responsible for the preparation of interim and year-end audits, SEC reporting requirements and internal control reviews. His clients included venture capital firms and large financial institutions.
Mr. Tong earned a BS in accounting from the University of California at Berkeley. Mr. Tong is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and a member of several industry advisory boards, including the Energy Venture Fair, the Chinese/US Energy Efficiency Alliance and the Golden Capital Network.
Stu Ostlund is a licensed Portfolio Manager with RBC Dominion Securities in Vancouver, B.C. Canada with over 33 years of experience in the investment industry. In addition to his role as a Portfolio Manager, Stu is a Vice President and Director of RBC Dominion Securities, and manages one of the largest asset bases in Canada for the firm.
Stu is a native of Vancouver and attended Michigan Technological University, receiving his BS (honors) in Business Administration. Stu began his career as an Investment Advisor in 1981 with Pemberton Securities, which was subsequently acquired by RBC Dominion Securities in 1989.
Stu holds his FCSI (Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute) and CIM (Chartered Investment Manager) designations.