We live in the times when Energy, one of the largest industries in the world, is experiencing an innovation renaissance. After a century of lagging behind the innovation that defines Silicon Valley: generation, efficiency, storage, transportation, and so many other sectors are undergoing a 21st century metamorphosis. Ira Ehrenpreis, a long-time venture capitalist focused on the sector and a visionary, will discuss the state of the energy innovation industry at SVOD – Silicon Valley Open Doors Conference (June 10-11, 2015).
Ira leads the firm’s Cleantech practice, investing in energy technology, water technology, and advanced materials. In 2007 Ira was named one of the “Top 50 Most Influential Men Under 45” and in 2014 was inducted into the International Green Industry Hall of Fame.
In the venture community, Ira has served on the Board and Executive Committee of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), was Chairman of the 2010 NVCA Annual Meeting, and has served on the Board of the Western Association of Venture Capitalists (WAVC). Ira also serves as the Co-Chairman of the VCNetwork, the largest and most active California venture capital organization.
In the energy sector, Ira is the founder and Chairman of one of the most prominent annual industry events, the World Energy Innovation Forum (WEIF), which convenes the who’s-who in the industry to discuss the important issues and opportunities of our time. In addition, Ira has served on several industry Boards, including the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Advisory Committee (ERAC), the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Advisory Council, the Clean-Tech Investor Summit.
Ira is an active leader at Stanford University, where he has served on the Board of Visitors of Stanford Law School and has been an advisory board member of the Stanford Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP). Ira has also been a guest lecturer, including teaching the course on Venture Capital.
Ira received his JD/MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and Stanford Law School, where he was an Associate Editor of Stanford Law Review. He holds a B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude.
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