USM - Abromson Center




Thank you to everyone who attended, presented, sponsored, and exhibited at our E2Tech Expo 2017!

Presentations are available below in BLUE.

Check out the Expo photo album on our Facebook Page

Video Recordings from Hannaford Hall are now available:


The third annual E2TECH EXPO will be the premier energy & environmental innovation and business event of the year!
Investors and funders, policymakers, energy and environmental companies, and other innovation "enablers" are on
tap to advise attendees on strategies for Maine's economic and business development future.

The E2TECH EXPO 2017 will engage private, public, and non-profit stakeholders to help both startups and mature
companies access the resources they need to: 

1. Promote their products, services, and technologies;
2. Accelerate their growth;
3. Compete in national and global markets;
4. Support a robust and innovative state environmental and energy market and workforce; and
5. Make Maine an innovation hub to start and grow a business. 

Don't miss out on valuable networking and the chance to learn more about the critical resources
available to the energy, environmental, and cleantech sectors!


7:00 a.m.    Registration and Breakfast Networking
8:00 a.m.    Welcome & E2Tech Annual Meeting
  • Pat Coughlin - Principal at St.Germain Collins, Director of Sentry EHS, and Chair of E2Tech Board of Directors
  • Representative Chellie Pingree - 1st District of Maine (video)
8:30 a.m.    Keynote - E4TheFuture: Energy. Economy. Equity. Environment.
Stephen Cowell - President, E4TheFuture
Energy efficiency does more than cut waste, combat climate change, and save dollars. It employs 1.9 million Americans, by far the largest sector in the U.S. clean economy. E4TheFuture develops and advocates for federal, state, and local policy strategies by leveraging the four "E's". 
  • Energy - Promoting clean, efficient, safe solutions
  • Economy - Growing a prosperous low-carbon economy for the 22nd Century
  • Equity - Empowering all Americans to run their homes with clean, affordable energy
  • Environment - Restoring healthy air, water, and land
Stephen Cowell has dedicated his career to achieving a strong and prosperous U.S. clean energy economy. He is an entrepreneur who has founded and directed several energy efficiency and renewable energy organizations, including Conservation Services Group (CSG) in 1984. Under Cowell's leaderships, CSG designed and implemented conservation and renewable energy programs for utilities, state agencies, and other entities nationwide ultimately providing services to more than 3.2 million businesses and households.

Just last month, Steve was honored by the Northeast Clean Energy Council (NECEC) with its Decade of Influence Award!

9:30 a.m.    Plenary Panel - Show Me How This Thing Works! R&D Challenges, Demonstration Opportunities & Commercialization Initiatives

When it cure this rush, when it give us cash
When it do all this without a serious side effect
Show me how this thing works! -Cracker

On the global level, 28 of the world's wealthiest investors simultaneously launched an initiative - the Breakthrough Energy Coalition - committing to investing billions of dollars in private sector capital in early-stage technologies. In total, the coalition expects to contribute at least $2 billion in energy projects relating to power generation and storage, transportation, industrial use, agriculture, and efficiency improvements. While this initiative presents an unprecedented opportunity to transport the way we generate, store, and use energy, Maine has more limited options.

What can we do in Maine to demonstrate leadership and support of the entrepreneurial spirit in developing next-generation technologies? How do we best use public sector funding to leverage private sector investments in energy and environmental R&D? What is the role of the Federal and State governments in providing limited R&D dollars to startups in the energy and environmental sector? And, how can we develop private-public partnerships to harness the enormous potential to convert our natural resources to economic and business development opportunities? 
  • Lynn Abramson - Executive Director, Clean Energy Business Network
  • Dr. Habib Dagher - Executive Director, Advanced Structures and Composites Center
  • John Egan - Senior Vice President, Lending & Investment, CEI
  • Jess Knox - Coordinator, Maine Accelerates Growth/Venture Hall [Moderator]
  • Joe Migliaccio - Director of Business Development, Maine Technology Institute
11:00 a.m.    Networking Lunch & Visit With Sponsors & Exhibitors
12:00 p.m.    E2Tech Talks Focusing on Maine's Innovation & Entrepreneurial Community

You don't want to miss out on our third annual E2Tech Talks! Speakers will present in a TED Talk-style format, providing a quick 7-minute discussion on their experiences, innovations, technologies, and challenges in making the world cleaner, smarter, and more productive and sustainable. E2Tech works hard to support Maine's energy and environmental businesses and we are excited to provide them with a platform to celebrate their successes.
  • Phil Coupe - Managing Partner, ReVision Energy
  • Bob Garver - President, Wicked Joe Organic Coffees
  • Erica Haywood - Co-Founder, LoveGrown Agricultural Research
  • Susan MacKay - CEO, Cerahelix
  • Jared Pinkham - COO, Grojo
  • Andrea K. Suter - Counsel, Pierce Atwood [Moderator]
1:00 p.m.    Sponsor & Exhibitor Break
1:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Workshop #1 - If I Had $1,000,000! Investment & Funding Opportunities

If I had a million dollars, I'd buy your love
If I had a million dollars...I'd be rich! -Barenaked Ladies

Through the Maine Technology Asset Fund 2.0, the Maine Technology Institute (MTI) is responsible for soliciting proposals from Maine companies/ organizations looking to make investments in R&D equipment, infrastructure and technology upgrades to drive innovation in Maine. Applicants will participate in a competitive process and will need to show how the grant funding will help them gain and hold market share, increase revenues, and grow or preserve jobs for Maine people. Panelists will discuss the $50 million in funds available for investment, innovation, growth, and job creation.

Beyond MTAF 2.0, what other investment and funding resources are there for Maine energy and environmental companies, non-profits, entrepreneurs, municipalities, and projects? What are investors looking for in the energy and environmental sector? And, how do we convert innovative ideas into cash to implement those ideas?
  • Martha Bentley - Director of Innovation Infrastructure, Maine Technology Institute (MTI)
  • Jayme Okma Lee - Investment Manager, Maine Venture Fund
  • Tom Murley - Founder and Principal, Two Lights Energy Advisors
  • Sandra Stone - Chair Emeritus, Maine Angels
  • Brian Whitney - President, Maine Technology Institute (MTI) [Moderator]
Workshop #2 - Lawyers, Guns & Money: Critical Business Development Resources

Somehow I got stuck between a rock and a hard place...
Send lawyers, guns and money! -Warren Zevon

Before they get stuck between the rock and the hard place, businesses need the right people on their team at all times. Whether a new entrepreneur, a small startup team, or a multi-national corporation, expertise in the following areas will help ensure success: Accounting/Financial, Legal, Marketing, Product/Service/Technology, Sales, Talent/HR, Vision/Leadership.

This session brings service reps together to let attendees know how to find them (and others like them) and why you need them. 
  • Christopher Dargie - Director & Shareholder, Perkins Thompson 
  • Lewis Hinman - Owner/Principal, Independent Business Advisement 
  • Tom Rainey - Executive Director, Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development (MCED)
  • Laura Thibodeau - President, Springborn Staffing
  • Brad Weller, CPA - Principal, Macpage
  • Katharine Kranich Wojcik - Owner & Creative Director, Adept, LLC

3:00 p.m. The Times, They Are a-Changin': The Case for a New Innovation Policy

Your old road is rapidly agin'
Please get out of the new one if you can't lend your hand
For the times, they are a-changin' -Bob Dylan

While many politicians want to bring environmental and energy policy back to the Stone Age - or more specifically, the Coal Age - there is a case to be made for a new "Energy Innovation Policy" to encourage products and services to combat climate change, air and water pollution, and other environmental challenges. For example, alternative energy is an emerging sector of the Maine economy, made up of firms and organizations engaged in activities ranging from renewable energy production and generation to technology system distribution and installation to weatherization and efficient building construction and retrofits.

The growing demand for energy resources, technologies, products, and services, as well as global efforts to combat climate change, provide opportunities for Maine's knowledge, skills, and capabilities. How can we make this case to Maine's legislators and administrators to use public policy to grow R&D capacity, increase human capital, advance new technologies, open up new markets, and encourage enterprises to build on Maine's unique competitive assets?
4:30 p.m. Happy Hour! 
Making your way in the world today takes everything you've got.
Taking a break from all your worries, sure would help a lot. -Cheers

Show your support and be seen at the area's leading energy, environmental, and cleantech event of the year!

BE SEEN: Sponsorship provides unparalleled exposure for your business, non-profit or other organization. Your logo is prominently displayed on all event materials, hotlinked in emails to our 5000+ contacts, listed on the most highly visited sections of the E2Tech website, and featured at the event on Nov 16. Your company/organization is formally recognized at the podium to our expected audience of more than 300 of Maine's top energy and environmental private- and public sector leaders. High-level sponsors have the opportunity to speak from the podium and be featured in our media releases. We also expect the event will draw a great deal of local and regional media attention. 

GET CONNECTED: Sponsorship links your firm/organization with important business activity in the environmental and energy technology sector, and with relevant, high-profile issues leading to new business opportunities. 

GAIN ACCESS: Sponsor-featured exhibits in the event's Expo hall during networking time allow direct contact with key players from a wide range of the sector's fields. Only sponsors ($500- $4,000) will get display tables in the Abromson lobby of Hannaford Hall, whereas the $250 "Expo Display Tables" will be featured on the second-floor mezzanine.

If you are interested in sponsoring or exhibiting, please contact E2Tech's
Executive Director, Jeff Marks, jeffmarks@e2tech.org or (207) 956-1970.

Please Note: The Commercialization and Demonstration Sponsorship Levels are now full! Thank you to all of the
companies and organizations that have already signed up to support the Expo this year. We still have sponsorship
slots available for the remaining levels - please let us know if you are interested!

Our last two E2Tech Expos (2015 & 2016) were huge successes!
We had an impressive turnout and lots of positive feedback about these daylong summits. Visit the event pages -
E2Tech Expo 2015 & E2Tech Expo 2016 - for past agendas, photos, presentations, and video recordings.

Visit with our Sponsors & Exhibitors at the Expo!


Demonstration Sponsors

R&D Sponsor







Greening Partner

Media Sponsor

Enjoy a Special E2Tech Gift from a Local Company!

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