Search is on for clean tech leaders

| Print |  Email
The Latest
Thursday, February 24, 2011

By Peter Beland

A program created by a Portland investment firm seeks to spearhead the development of hot new clean tech companies by identifying proven leaders and bringing them together.

Pivotal Leaders, a program of Portland-based Pivotal Investments, was born out the idea that while the Pacific Northwest is burgeoning with great clean tech ideas, the region does not have enough senior level executives with sufficient business acumen to realize them all.

“There isn’t a strong ecosystem of business leadership at this stage,” says Pivotal Investments co-founder Gregory T. Semler,  “Great companies are driven by great people.”

While San Francisco has a robust network of business leaders rooted in decades of tech companies spawning spin-offs and attracting investments, “Oregon just doesn’t have that,” says Semler.

Pivotal Leaders could help change this situation in three ways, Semler says:

* Leaders get recognition and credibility - because they were selected and elected by their peers.

* Election also brings access to networking events with key players in the clean tech world. “You’re in a room with 50 to 60 leaders in the field. It’s designed for leaders to meet other leaders,” says Semler

* The program and its accomplishments get promoted through social media and a column for Sustainable Industries Journal.

Now in its second year, Pivotal Leaders today started asking for nominations of a new round of leaders throughout the Pacific Northwest. The nomination process will run through March 22nd.

Last year’s leaders included Rob Bernard, chief environmental strategist for Microsoft, State Rep. Jules Bailey (D-Portland) and Skip Rung, the executive director of ONAMI.

After nominees are selected, they will then peer-select 40 or so Pivotal Leaders to be announced in late May. The winners will then be invited to convene in a Boeing Dreamliner in Seattle to meet with Boeing executives and discuss clean tech initiatives in the region.

Peter Beland is an associate writer for Oregon Business.

 

More Articles

Living the dream

News
Friday, August 21, 2015

smugglespearsthumbRenee Spears, founder and owner of Portland-based Rose City Mortgage, is hot to trot to sell pot.


Read more...

5 questions for ImpactFlow CEO Tyler Foreman

The Latest
Thursday, August 13, 2015
impactflowthumbBY JACOB PALMER | DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR

Portland-based startup ImpactFlow recently announced a $5.7 million funding round. CEO and co-founder Tyler Foreman talks about matching businesses with nonprofits, his time at Intel and the changing face of philanthropy.


Read more...

Best Foot Forward

July/August 2015
Monday, July 13, 2015
BY CHRIS NOBLE

Whether you're stepping out to work or onto the track, Pacific Northwest shoe companies have you covered.


Read more...

Fueling Up for the Climb

July/August 2015
Friday, July 10, 2015
BY GREGG MORRIS

Rita Hansen aims to scale natural gas vehicle innovation.


Read more...

Inside the Box

September 2015
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
BY GINA BINOLE

Screening for “culture fit” has become an essential part of the hiring process. But do like-minded employees actually build strong companies — or merely breed consensus culture?


Read more...

Aim High

September 2015
Thursday, August 20, 2015
BY JOE CORTRIGHT

We get the education we deserve.


Read more...

10 Innovators in Rural Health

July/August 2015
Monday, July 13, 2015
BY AMY MILSHTEIN | PHOTOS BY JASON E. KAPLAN

Telemedicine, new partnerships and real estate diversification make health care more accessible in rural Oregon.


Read more...
Oregon Business magazinetitle-sponsored-links-02
SPONSORED LINKS