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Mintz Sponsors U.S. Department of Energy National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition

Firm to Host Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz

Thomas R. Burton, III to Speak on Panel on Clean Technology Start-Ups

Mintz, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.  is pleased to be a sponsor of the 2013 U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition. 

Mintz will be hosting the first day of the two day competition at its Washington, D.C. office on June 11 and will welcome Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, who will be delivering the keynote address. The firm will also host a reception for sponsors and participants that evening.

On June 12, Thomas R. Burton, III, Chair of Mintz’s Energy & Clean Technology Practice will participate in a panel discussion entitled, “Navigating the Energy Customers: Identification and Being Nimble.” The panel will focus on both the theory and practice of bringing a technology to market in the clean technology space.

“We are pleased to once again welcome the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition to Mintz,” said Susan W. Berson, Managing Member of the firm’s Washington, D.C office and a Member of the firm’s Health Law Section.  “Programs like these that encourage talented entrepreneurs to develop creative solutions to the world’s energy challenges will help the U.S. to remain a leader in advancing clean energy technologies.”

The DOE’s National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition is designed to build regional networks of student-focused business creation contests across the country. Launched in 2011, the NCEBPC is part of the Obama Administration's Startup America Initiative, the White House campaign to inspire and promote entrepreneurship. The winners of six DOE-sponsored regional business plan competitions will compete for the National Grand Prize at DOE’s Final Competition being held on June 12.  Competitors will present their business plans to a distinguished panel of expert judges and invited guests from federal agencies, industry, national labs and the venture capital community. 

Since January 2006, Mintz attorneys have closed 300 transactions in the energy and clean technology sector including: venture capital transactions (representing companies and investors), initial public offerings and follow-on offerings, private placements, M&A deals, technology licensing and joint venture transactions, totaling approximately $7 billion in transaction value. In addition, the group handles the development, financing, and construction of hundreds of megawatts of energy generating facilities.

The Energy & Clean Technology Practice has been ranked #2 nationally among top Clean Technology law firms, according to Watershed Capital Group, and the practice was listed as a "Best Law Firm" by U.S. News & World Report, both in Boston and nationally. The practice was also ranked among the 2012 “40 Hottest Partners in Bioenergy and Bio-based Materials” by Biofuels Digest. Recently, the practice has been selected as one of the “Top 10 Clean Technology Firms” by LMG Clean Technology and Renewable Energy and Thomas R. Burton, III, and Sahir Surmeli, Co-chairs of the firm’s Energy & Clean Technology Practice were named to the “Clean Tech 100”.