Environmental and clean energy leader to address early-stage companies seeking to solve climate-related issues
NEW HAVEN, Conn. October 26, 2022 Connecticut Innovations(CI), the state’s venture capital arm, today announced that Joseph R. Nolan, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer of Eversource Energy, will be the keynote speaker at the VentureClash Climate Edition pitch event on Thursday, October 27, in New Haven. Nolan heads New England’s largest utility, serving approximately 4.3 million electric, natural gas and water customers across Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. He will address an audience of corporate partners, investors and selected domestic and international companies seeking to solve pressing climate-related problems.
“Joe’s distinguished career in the energy industry, especially during his tenure at Eversource, is notable for his critical and strategic investments in clean technologies, including offshore wind, battery storage and electric vehicle innovations,” said Matt McCooe, CEO of Connecticut Innovations. “We are privileged that he is serving as our keynote speaker. The overflowing response to VentureClash Climate Edition is a testament to how eagerly our participating companies and attendees look forward to learning from Joe’s experience and insight.”
Throughout his 35 years at Eversource, Nolan has held extensive leadership positions in customer service, government and regulatory affairs, community relations and corporate strategy. He has played a critical role in leading the company’s environmental stewardship and clean energy efforts.
“Connecticut continues to take a national leadership position in fostering innovation and supporting new cleantech companies prepared to tackle the daunting challenges posed by climate change,” said Nolan. “I am honored to join state leaders and innovators as we work together to strengthen the clean energy ecosystem in Connecticut and support the future leaders of the green economy.”
Created in partnership with Connecticut Green Bank, the Department of Economic & Community Development, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, and the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, VentureClash Climate Edition is a networking and pitch event bringing together companies and thought leaders to solve real-world climate issues. The event, which will attract some of the world’s most disruptive green companies, is a product of CI’s new ClimateTech Fund, which seeks to invest $100 million in companies developing solutions that contribute to climate mitigation, adaption and resilience.
In addition to Nolan’s keynote address, the daylong event will feature company pitches and diverse industry panels with subject matter experts and distinguished keynote speakers. VentureClash Climate Edition participants will be introduced to a network of customers, investors, mentors and resources throughout the state’s ecosystem, while gaining access to strategic collaboration and investment opportunities.
For more information, please visit http://www.ventureclash.com.
About VentureClash Climate Edition:
VentureClash Climate Edition is a networking and pitch event where companies and thought leaders discuss and solve for the world’s biggest climate-related issues. Managed by Connecticut Innovations, VentureClash scans the globe for early-stage companies that are looking to land and expand in Connecticut. In addition to company investments, VentureClash companies also benefit from introductions to a critical network of potential customers, investors, mentors and talent.
About Connecticut Innovations:
Connecticut Innovations (CI) is Connecticut’s strategic venture capital arm and the leading source of financing and ongoing support for Connecticut’s innovative, growing companies. CI provides venture capital and strategic support for early-stage technology companies, financial support for innovation and collaboration, and connections to its well-established network of partners and professionals. For more information, please visit http://www.ctinnovations.com.