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Asia’s CleanTech Transition: Opportunity for Australia

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As the world looks to a more sustainable future, interest in clean technologies has risen sharply. 

Australian cleantech companies are well-positioned to lead the clean energy transition. South-east Asia market, in particular, offers many opportunities in the transformation of industries toward a more digitised, decarbonised and resource-efficient future.

Danny Kennedy, CEO of New Energy Nexus leads a panel discussion about the burgeoning cleantech market and the export opportunity this present for a new breed of businesses. 



This event is part of the Visiting Entrepreneur Program, produced by the City of Sydney. The June 2020 program focus on the intersection of technology, environmental sustainability and the green economy featuring three high-profile international entrepreneurs Robyn Denholm, Board Chair, Tesla; Danny Kennedy, CEO, New Energy Nexus; and Shama Sukul Lee, Founder & CEO, Sunfed. For details on other events visit #vepsyd


About Danny Kennedy – CEO, New Energy Nexus
Danny Kennedy is the CEO of New Energy Nexus, connecting entrepreneurs everywhere to capital to build an abundant clean energy economy that benefits all. New Energy Nexus is a global platform organization for funds and incubators, with chapters in the USA, China, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines, Uganda, and India. He acts as Managing Director of the California Clean Energy Fund, overseeing the of $25m for very early-stage companies driving innovation and building equity in the California economy and the $12m CalTestBed initiative with UCOP.


Bridget McIntosh – Country Director, EnergyLab 
Bridget is the Country Director of EnergyLab, an organisation established to facilitate the growth of the clean energy market in Cambodia, with a particular focus on startups, innovation and entrepreneurship. She has over 20 years’ experience working in Australia, Asia and the Pacific facilitating clean energy projects. She has highly diverse experience having worked for large energy utility, a small start-up, government agencies, international multilateral organisations, engineering consulting. In Asia, Bridget established a business to catalyse and support clean energy projects access the carbon finance market. 

Eytan Lenko - Chair and Interim CEO, Beyond Zero Emissions
Eytan has a successful business and entrepreneurship background and is a long running advocate for strong action on climate change. He was a founder of Outware Mobile, one of Australia’s fastest growing tech companies which was acquired in 2017. He is currently the Chair and Interim CEO of Beyond Zero Emissions (BZE), an Australian-based, internationally recognised climate and energy solutions think tank that brings engineers and scientists together to research and plan for Australia's transition to zero emissions across the economy and our regions.

Grant Young - Chief Innovation Officer, Wattwatchers Digital Energy

Grant is a 'New Energy' technology entrepreneur with over 20 years’ experience in online product design and development. He is an expert User Experience (UX) practitioner with the ability to synthesise multiple perspectives and engage multi-sided markets to create successful business and consumer outcomes. He joined Wattwatchers in 2018, after co-founding his own energy tech startup, Nexergy, Grant has led the development of Wattwatchers' third-generation cloud infrastructure and software toolkit.


About Holly Ransom
Holly Ransom is the CEO of Emergent, a company specialising in disruptive strategy and building the capacity of leaders to execute change. Holly is an accomplished global speaker, was the youngest person to be named in Australia's '100 Most Influential Women', has interviewed Barack Obama and was listed by Sir Richard Branson as one of his dream dinner guests.

This event is produced in collaboration with partner organisations from the local startup ecosystem.

Event Partners

EnergyLab is the leading platform in Australia to launch clean energy startups, supported by Origin Energy, Energy Queensland, the Queensland Government, the Australian Government, and a range of other partners. Via programs tailored for clean energy entrepreneurs and events run across Australia, EnergyLab’s mission is to support new business and technological initiatives that move the world toward 100% clean energy solutions.

Haymarket HQ provides first-class coworking space, mentorship and education to startups and companies wanting to tap into Asian and global markets. Based in a historic building in vibrant Chinatown, HHQ is supported by private, corporate & government funding and home to 30+ companies.

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