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Press Release
September 1, 2012

2012 Midwest Clean Tech Conference to Highlight Innovation and Opportunities

CHICAGO - The Midwest Clean Tech Conference, now in its 5th consecutive year, will take place September 12, 2012 at McCormick Place in Chicago, in conjunction with the 2012 International Manufacturing Technology Show. Midwest Clean Tech is an international showcase creating opportunities for Midwestern and global entrepreneurs to engage with top keynote and panel speakers, innovators and financiers from the clean tech community.  Attendees include clean technology and energy efficiency firms, researchers, entrepreneurs, clean tech-focused venture capitalists and financiers, and economic development and policy officials.

This year's conference will be opened by emcee Paul Friedman of WBEZ introducing Rick Stephens from Boeing, Peter Eelman from IMTS and Tom Maves from the American Wind Energy Association, who will be welcoming attendees to a full day of discussions on this growing industry sector.  Keynote speaker Doug Cameron with First Green Partners will be discussing how clean tech investment are leading the global economy.  

The conference agenda includes:

  • Finance and investment panel;
  • Food industry presentation discussing the advances being created and developed at the National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research
  • Smart grid panel discussion sponsored by ComEd;
  • Energy solutions panel presented by Argonne National Laboratory;
  • Automotive panel discussion featuring speakers from Ford Motor Company, ChargePoint and All Cell Technologies; and 
  • Evening reception sponsored by McGladrey LLP.   

Keynote presenters, speakers and panelists will also be available for questions and interview opportunities immediately following their panels during the Speakers' Corners Breakout Sessions.

Another highlight at Midwest Clean Tech 2012 is the Brinks Innovation Competition, an annual contest featuring clean and green tech companies who are providing solutions to global challenges in such areas as environmental technologies, renewable and alternative energy, infrastructure and community improvements, or green building science. Finalists are competing not only for a cash award, but also for opportunities to explore licensing and funding, network with investors and help their ideas become reality. Submissions are judged by a panel of experts representing regional universities, venture capitalists and clean tech business executives and judges will announce the winner at the competition on September 12.  This year's finalists include:  Arid TechnologiesGreenSand Corp.Hybrid Electric Vehicle Technologies (HEVT), and SiNode.  

Midwest Clean Tech Conference will be held this year in conjunction with the International Manufacturing Technology Show at McCormick Place in Chicago.  For more information or to register for the conference, visit

Global Midwest Alliance is the only business-led economic development group for the Midwest region. The Alliance facilitates collaboration among key stakeholders to provide access to global business opportunities to the Midwest and realize economic value from existing world-class assets in the Midwest. The Alliance focuses on programs and platforms that help high growth companies develop and expand markets for businesses based in the Midwest, encourage and assist international business activities in the region, and integrate business, financial and scientific resources for successful commercialization of technology in the Midwest.  For more information, visit

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