Clean Energy Investments: Thursday April 14th

Next week, on Thursday, April 14, 2011, at 730am, I will serve as moderator for the meeting of 128 Innovation Capital Group (128 ICG), at the IBM Innovation Center 404 Wyman Street, North Entrance, Waltham.  Our topic will be “Clean Energy Investments: How they are the same and how they differ from other investments”.  Our speaker, whom I recruited, will be Dennis R. Costello, Managing Partner of Braemar Energy Ventures.


Dennis Costello has been an active venture capital investment professional for over twenty-five years.  From 1990 to 2000, he was with Advent International, where he focused on early‑stage to later‑stage middle market companies.  From 1995 to 2000, he served as the chief investment officer for the North American operations of Advent International.  Dennis is also a managing director in Rock Maple Ventures, an early‑stage technology venture fund in Boston.  Prior to Advent International, he was a general partner of Zero Stage Capital of Pennsylvania, a venture capital partnership investing in early‑stage technology companies in Pennsylvania.  Dennis Costello began his career in alternative energy with positions at Midwest Research Institute and a member of the original staff of the National Solar Energy Research Institute (“SERI”), now renamed the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (“NREL”).  During that period, he published numerous papers and articles on the economic and market issues of solar energy commercialization.  He is also the author of the Dow‑Jones Irwin book New Venture Analysis: Research, Planning, and Finance 

For more information or to register for this meeting, go to

Hopefully, this topic and meeting will be helpful to entrepreneurs in small and early stage companies I represent.

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I remain active at 128 ICG, a Waltham-based group that aids and provides a networking opportunity to entrepreneurs, small and early stage companies, and people who invest or work in those companies.

128 Innovation Capital Group (, is now beginning its 7th year since, as a founder, I helped that group re-emerge from the 128 Venture Capital Group (founded in 1982).  I’ve been a 128 ICG board member since 2004 and recruited speakers and moderated nine of the fifteen prior meetings of 128 ICG in 2010-2011, including the following:


  • How Social Marketing Transformed the Gaming Sector: Social Gaming vs. Traditional Gaming, February 10, 2011, with Dayna Grayson, Principal at North Bridge Venture Partners.   To see slides:  



  • The 5 Things you MUST KNOW about Raising Angel Investment, October 14, 2010, with Hambleton Lord, Managing Partner of Launchpad Venture Group. To see slides:


  • Soaring Through the Cloud with Murat Bicer of Battery Ventures, July 8, 2010 where Murat was good enough to substitute for Sunil Dhaliwal, a partner at Battery Ventures.  To see slides:


  • Mobile Innovation in New England: Entrepreneurial Opportunities for the Future, April 8, 2010, with Sean Marsh, CoFounder and General Partner, Point Judith Capital.  To see slides:

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