GridFWD 2019 Innovative Speed Pitches

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Grid Forward invited energy companies and utility initiative leaders to spread the word about their ground-breaking efforts in a live pitch competition at GridFWD 2019.

Preliminary rounds on october 8

Growth company edition - 10:20AM & 3:05PM - GRAND LOBBY

Seven growth companies have been selected to make their preliminary pitches over the morning and afternoon breaks on Tuesday 8th:

Utility Edition - 4:25-5:05PM - GRAND LOBBY

Additionally, four utilities will pitch their innovative projects and programs:

  • Idaho Falls, Bear Prairie — hydro/storage resiliency and black start project

  • Tacoma Public Utilities, Ahlmahz Negash — industrial DR project

  • Portland General Electric, Andy Macklin — heavy duty fast charge network initiative

  • Hawaiian Electric Co., Rich Barone — grid modernization investments

Join us to hear these cutting-edge ideas, enjoy some refreshments, and vote for your favorite pitch!

don’t miss the FINALS on october 9 AT 10:15 IN THE GRAND LOBBY!

The four top ideas will advance to the final round on October 9th. Winners will be announced in the grand lobby.

Grid Forward would like to thank our judges:

  • Eric Berman, E8

  • Mark Gustafuson, Avista

  • Ralph Kappelhoff, Amazon

  • Vanessa Margolis, VertueLab

  • Jake Pflaum, 3x5 Partners

And thank you to K&L Gates and Amazon for providing the prizes* to the winning company.

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* Prizes for winning company to be assessed based on eligibility and are not for the utility portion of the event.


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GridFWD 2019
October 7-9
Benaroya Hall, Seattle


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