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Join us as we launch an eight series on the Green Chamber of the South's Green House Incubator program. We'll interview eight different incubator participants to learn about their companies and the work of the Green House Incubator.
Geoff Berlin is the founder CEO of Retrofit America. He launched Company’s home performance contracting operations in its Atlanta market and and is now preparing to scale the business nationally. Mr. Berlin has extensive experience managing entrepreneurial ventures in the energy sector, technology-enabled services and software development. In 2007, Mr. Berlin launched Carbon Plus Limited to develop emission reduction projects under the Kyoto Protocol in Ukraine. In 1998, he launched the Hertz Rent A Car and Leasing franchises for Ukraine and managed the venture to a successful exit. Since 2005, Mr. Berlin was also Managing Director for Central and Eastern Europe of AMB International Finance, LLC in Washington, DC, where he developed large-scale investment projects with a focus on the energy sector. From 2001 to 2003, Mr. Berlin was Chief Executive Officer of First Tuesday Ltd. in London, where he restructured the global operations of this business forum company that promoted technology and entrepreneurship, managing a network of licensees in 22 cities around the world. He began his career in strategic management consulting with Marakon Associates in San Francisco and then with Corporate Value Associates in Paris. Mr. Berlin earned an MBA degree from the Wharton School in 1988 and an AB degree from Dartmouth College in 1984.
SolDeSal provides drinking water on a large scale from sea or brackish ground water. A solar field of one square mile can sustain a city of a population of approximately 150 – 200 thousand. Since the cost of produced water is low, the fresh water can also be used for irrigation of agricultural land providing a wide base for economic prosperity and growth. The technology requires no other natural resources but sun and seawater. These resources are most abundant in areas where the population growth is the fastest and where fresh-water resources are the scarcest.
The SolDeSal solution is based on a unique integration of conventional and new, patented technologies: High Density Solar Thermal Steam Generator, High Temperature Thermal Storage System, 2D Matrix Multi Effect Distillation Unit, Direct Contact Air Cooled Condenser and Conventional Steam Turbine Generator.
Business Incubators and Small Business
As a full time professional tenant in a business incubator, we at SCM enjoy all of the same services as does any professionally staffed office. Our working environment even includes built-in networking opportunities!
Business incubators are formal programs designed to support the successful development of entrepreneurial companies through an array of business support resources and services. Those services are developed and orchestrated by a management team sponsored by the local community, with the objective of stimulating the local economy.
Alec Manfre is a co-founder and CEO of Bractlet—an energy analytics platform that increases efficiency through better data—where he executes Bractlet's vision and leads the development of Bractlet's hardware solution. He believes that energy drives the world's economic engine and can have substantial impact on lifting poverty, but the way energy is used and generated has to be done responsibly.
He attended the Georgia Institute of Technology where he majored in Mechanical Engineering and graduated with highest honors. Alec has previously worked with GE Energy in their Gas Turbine and Smart Grid divisions, with Georgia Tech Research Institute where he researched carbon nanotube based photovoltaic cells, and led an energy policy research project analyzing how various stakeholders effect statewide energy policy.
Alec loves travelling and has been fortunate to have travelled to over 18 countries and 30 cities throughout South East Asia, South America, Europe, and Africa. He also loves to play golf, tennis, and baseball.
Erico Mattos has just graduated as a Ph.D in Crop and Soil Sciences from the University of Georgia in August 2013. In 2012 Erico graduated from the Graduate Studies Program at Singularity University located at NASA Ames Research Center and is now working on several entrepreneurial projects related to new techniques in food production. Erico is an Agricultural Engineer by training and got his degree at University of Sao Paulo in 2008. As an advocate of urban agriculture systems, Mattos sees the intelligent use of exponential technologies as a solution to meet the increasing demand for healthy food based on sustainable, integrated production systems. Erico is also a co founder of PhytoSynthetix, a high-tech horticultural lighting company that combines plant physiology with bioengineering to built the first intelligent illumination system in the world. PhytoSynthetix developed a proprietary biological feedback system that allows the lights to communicate with the plants and maximize energy use efficiency thus increasing biomass production while reducing energy consumption. This solution reduces the cost of indoor cultivation allowing urban fresh food production to become feasible.
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Jackie Hutter, MS, JD is the CEO of Evgentech, a role in which she leads the development and execution of the company’s strategic initiatives, such as developing and managing intellectual property (“IP”) protection efforts, securing of licensing partners and building the team and infrastructure needed for Evgentech to scale from a start up technology venture to a profitable battery charging innovations company. She has been a part of the company’s management team since 2010 when she was brought on as an IP adviser to the co-founders. Since she took the helm of Evgentech in mid-2012, Ms. Hutter has effected the transition of Evgentech from a hacker-based venture to a company with PhD validated charging technology protected by strong IP. Outside of her role at Evgentech, Ms. Hutter is a thought-leader and frequent speaker on innovation and IP topics, and has in each year since 2009 been been named to the elite group of top global IP Strategists by Intellectual Asset Magazine. Prior to joining Evgentech, Ms. Hutter headed an IP strategy consultancy where she worked closely with business leaders at a variety of companies to maximize intangible asset value. Ms. Hutter was also previously a senior IP and innovation business counselor at a multi-national consumer products and chemical company from 2005-2007 and an attorney at a law firm where she managed a sophisticated U.S and foreign IP practice where she held progressively more senior titles. From 1996-1998, Ms. Hutter gained substantial experience as an IP litigator at a large regional law firm. She holds a law degree from Chicago’s John Marshall Law School, where she graduated with high honors, a M.S. in from University of Cincinnati and a B.S. in Chemistry from Barry University. She is also a named inventor on a U.S. patent.
Mr. Christoph Pollatos is a serial entrepreneur. He currently holds the position of President & CEO for BioChar Central Inc., an Eco-Solutions enterprise, founded in March 2011.
The company transforms biomass waste streams into useful, profitable organic soil building and water purification products.
It has developed a proprietary low cost, clean technology which helps sustainably converts wood and agricultural wastes into powerful soil enhancers, boosting crop yields, preventing desertification, all while helping mitigate Climate Change risks.
Before founding BioChar Central, Mr. Pollatos started Verdant Energy Solutions Inc., an Alternative Energy Fuel Provider. The company focused on producing “Bio-Coal", a renewable fuel alternative to fossil coal used by electric generating utilities world-wide. Using Bio-Coal instead of fossil coal at electric generating utilities substantially reduces CO2 and other harmful greenhouse gas emissions from Power Plants.
Our show features author and coach Dr. Lily Jenkins. Dr. Jenkins will share tools for self-discovery and personal development specifically for women. We will discuss ways to become an 'incubator of purpose' through her coaching and membership programs.
Steve O'Neil, MSc, has twenty years of professional experience with environmental-related organizations including executive management, adviser, corporate governance, and founding entrepreneur.
Steve founded Applied Energy Conservation Systems in 2007, which has since become Consensus Energy, a commercial and industrial energy-savings consulting firm based in Atlanta.
Mr. O'Neil has served as Executive Director of the Chattanooga Nature Center, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Executive Director of SouthWings based in Asheville, NC, and SE Regional Director of Center for the Restoration of Waters @ Ocean Arks International.
Mr. O'Neil has also held Board positions with the Chattanooga Nature Center, the City of Chattanooga’s Climate Action Plan Executive Committee, the Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council, and the Dogwood Alliance in North Carolina (past Chair).
Steve holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and a Masters in Environmental Science from University of Dublin, Trinity College, in Dublin.
Business incubators started to flourish in the mid to late nineties along with the hi-tech boom. Not surprisely, many believe incubators primarily serve the hi-tech industry but in fact, there are many niche incubators and others that work with a wide range of businesses...and their success rate is pretty high!Justin interviews Paula Connelly, Program Manager and Director of the Women's Business Center at the Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center, and Sharon Miller, the CEO of the Center since 1999.Paula Connelly manages the Business Incubator program and the Virtual Incubator program which is a pool of consultants providing case management directly to clients, including outreach, needs assessment and feedback. Paula also oversees Program Development which includes workshops, the Successful Women in Business Speaker Series, Quickbooks, Advanced Marketing, Business Planning and more.Sharon Miller is responsible for administrative and fiscal oversight, program development, and fundraising. During her tenure, Renaissance has added other locations, merged with Start Up, the only micro-enterprise organization in the Mid-Peninsula, expanded its small business incubator, became a SBA Women’s Business Center, and launched an instructor-led online business planning class.Justin Krane is a Certified Financial Planner and the President of Krane Financial Solutions. His savvy approach to financial planning allows clients to unite their money with their lives and business. Using a unique system developed from his studies of financial psychology, Justin partners with entrepreneurs to create a bigger vision with education and financial modeling.
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Missy Crutchfield is a social entrepreneur with a passion for education and the media. She has held leadership positions in government, education, and the media as a television producer, reporter, and anchor, as well as radio producer and anchor. She has enjoyed a long relationship with the arts, and she is widely recognized for her work to improve the quality of life in her community and other communities. She is founder of Remember Your Dream, an arts incubator program that reaches out to youth, addressing social issues through the arts and empowering young people to activate their dreams and achieve success in life. She is also founder and author of “Sisters Speak Out”—a community outreach and three-act play addressing issues surrounding domestic violence, and means of prevention. Missy enjoys public service and believes the arts can be a powerful force for social good.
Currently, Missy is working with Mahatma Gandhi's grandson, Dr. Arun Gandhi, President of Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute, on a vision and plan of action for a Global Center for Peace focused on the work of Mahatma Gandhi. She also serves as the Editor-in-Chief of Gandhi's “Be Magazine” and is the CEO of the Gandhi Global Center for Peace. For info: www.missycrutchfield.com and www.bemagazine.org
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