Birchmere Ventures was founded in 1996 to focus on private companies with high intellectual property barriers that create Engineering Driven Innovation. With over $160 million under management, we are a leading investor in highly differentiated Cleantech, Medical, and Technology companies. Birchmere's portfolio companies are founded by entrepreneurs with deep domain expertise who are developing revolutionary innovations that sell into existing markets. Since our inception, Birchmere's companies have achieved a cumulative market valuation of $14 billion.

Firelake Capital is a "hybrid" investment fund, driven by proprietary fundamental research in three areas where we believe technology can significantly disrupt the economics of the current market — information technology, energy technology, and material science.

Globespan Capital Partners is a leading global venture capital firm with over $1 Billion under active management. Globespan takes a balanced approach to investing with multi-stage investments in information technology and cleantech companies. Our investment team has a proven track record based on partnering with management teams to build strong, successful companies. We have significant experience and relationships in Asia which allows us to provide our portfolio companies access to global markets. With offices in Boston, Palo Alto and Tokyo, we invest in companies all across the U.S. and in Japan on behalf of a global base of limited partners.

ITOCHU is involved in domestic japanese trading, import/export, and overseas trading of various products such as textile, machinery, metals, minerals, energy, chemicals, food, information and communications technology, realty, general products, insurance, logistics services, construction, and finance, as well as business investment in Japan and overseas.

Leaf Resources Limited is a publicly traded (ASX:LER) Australian based company focused on making sustainable products from plant biomass. Leaf has developed its Glycell (TM) technology package for breaking down plant derived biomass to useful, sustainable, renewable and biodegradable products.

MDV invests in entrepreneurs creating businesses that address significant challenges and opportunities associated with Driving the Digital World, Personalizing Medicine and Powering the Planet. For nearly 25 years MDV has partnered with entrepreneurs and taken a hands-on approach to architect and help build successful companies. MDV's team and the firm's extended network of industry experts bring years of real-world experience to accelerate each company's time to market and optimize its long-term success. The firm has $2 billion under management.

PrairieGold Venture Partners is a Sioux Falls, South Dakota-based venture capital firm. Our mission is to provide a superior return on investment for our Limited Partners by investing in compelling early stage opportunities in the Midwest.


Spring Ventures is a multi-stage / multi-strategy investment fund that invests in and incubates novel clean energy technologies, companies and projects that address resource scarcity, energy security and climate change. Our team leverages a diverse background of entrepreneurship and investment experience to seek out highly scalable solutions in our target markets.

SC Ventures is a family office venture capital firm founded in 2013 with $50 million under management which focuses on early to late stage investments in the renewable energy sector, concentrating primarily on production of bio-fuels and bio-chemicals.

Valero Energy Corporation is a Fortune 500 company based in San Antonio, Texas, and incorporated in Delaware. Valero's common stock is listed for trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "VLO." The company has approximately 22,000 employees and assets valued at $38 billion. The largest refiner in North America, Valero has an extensive refining system with a throughput capacity of approximately 3.1 million barrels per day. The company's geographically diverse refining network stretches from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast and West Coast to the Caribbean.

Valero has long been recognized throughout the industry as a leader in the production of premium, environmentally clean products, such as reformulated gasoline, California Air Resources Board (CARB) Phase II gasoline, low-sulfur diesel and oxygenates.