Wharton Houston 'Energy Rodeo' - Powered by Greentown Labs Houston

Date and Time
Thursday, April 1, 2021
5:30pm— 8:00pm
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REMO (Virtual)

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Event Overview:

You are cordially invited to join us on April 1st for a special event: the Wharton Houston 'Energy Rodeo' Networking Night. Yee-haw!

The evening is designed exclusively for Wharton alumni, in partnership with the Wharton Club of Houston and Greentown Labs, the world's preeminent energy technology incubator.


Note: The Energy Rodeo will be Houston-focused but open to all alumni worldwide. You are welcome to attend even if you are based outside Texas and are curious about energy happenings in Houston and across the Lone Star State.



(All times US Central Daylight Time)

4:30-5:00pm: Open Networking

5:00-6:30pm: Speaking Program

  • Opening Remarks from Greentown Houston
  • Entrepreneur “demo day”
  • Panel with local industry leaders to discuss Houston’s future as ‘energy capital of the world’
  • Audience Q&A

6:30-7:00pm: Open Networking


Keynote Panelists:

Eric Bradley (WG'97)
Advisor, Taurus Investment Holdings; Fmr. Global Head of Distributed Energy, Shell New Energies

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Kay McCall
Executive Director, Renewable Energy Alliance-Houston

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Patricia Vega
Founder and CEO, Quantum New Energy

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Moderated by Sonali Damle (WG'06)
Executive VP, Bain Innovation Exchange & Board Member, Wharton Club of Houston

Sonali Damle — Innovation Leader | Bain & Company


Featured Greentown Entrepreneurs:

Ashley Zumwalt-Forbes and Vivek Nadig of Black Mountain Carbon Lock

Black Mountain - Private Natural Resources Operating Company

Colin Ardern and Alex Blum of Applied Bioplastics

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About Greentown Labs Houston:

Greentown Labs Houston is located in the city’s burgeoning innovation district in Midtown, and is set to officially open its doors in late April 2021. Greentown Houston will be the first climatetech-focused incubator in the city. At its opening, Greentown Houston will provide more than 40,000 square feet of prototyping lab, office, and event space for a community of about 50 startup companies.

Greentown Houston is made possible by a network of Founding Partners that represent a broad community of energy organizations, renewable energy experts, and organizations committed to supporting early-stage cleantech startups. These include the City of Houston, the Greater Houston Partnership, Chevron, NRG Energy, Shell, BHP, Vinson & Elkins, and ENGIE North America.

This event format is based on Greentown Labs’ EnergyBar, a networking event devoted to helping people in climate technology meet and discuss innovations. Entrepreneurs, investors, students, and ‘friends of cleantech’ are invited to attend, meet colleagues, and expand their growing clean technology community. For more on future EnergyBars, check out Greentown’s events page.

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About Wharton Club of Houston:

The Wharton Club of Houston is the Houston chapter of the Wharton Alumni Association. The Club aims to provide professional and personal growth opportunities for our diverse community of alumni – close to 2,000 in all walks and stages in life, and from all over the globe. Learn more at whartonhouston.com


About Wharton Energy Network:

The Wharton Energy Network (WEN) is the alumni association for energy professionals at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. With over 4,500 members, WEN aims to power the energy transition through connections and opportunities for sustainable wealth creation. Our mission is to support Wharton alumni and the broader Penn community in leading the energy transformation by providing a central hub for forging connections and fostering lifelong learning about the business future of energy and climate. Learn more at whartonenergy.com.

About Remo, our Virtual Venue:

This special event will open and close with networking facilitated by Greentown’s Remo virtual event platform, where they regularly bring together hundreds of energy-focused professionals. Remo features virtual tables for organic conversation and networking, where attendees can engage in video dialogue with other attendees at tables of 2-6 individuals and seamlessly transition to other tables throughout the event. On average, 75% of attendees are able to make a new, meaningful connection.

We hope you’ll join us, strengthen your own network, and learn something new about efforts in Houston to accelerate the energy transition. Suggested dress is business casual—but we all understand you too may be networking from home with all the quirks that includes.




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