Category Archives: Energy (for posts)

PE Hub

It is no surprise that American universities foster entrepreneurial spirit and talent. The University Entrepreneurship Project recently did a study that tracked investments in student-run startups over the last five years across six universities. Overall, Venrock is the leader in investments in student entrepreneurs, with an astounding 31 deals made over the course of the study. Venrock is excited to continue working with the next generation of innovators! Read more about the study on PE Hub.

2012 Wall Street Journal Innovation Awards

The Wall Street Journal has announced their annual Innovation Award winners, and Venrock companies Nest Labs and CloudFlare won their categories, energy and network and internet technologies, respectively.  Congratulations to all of the winners! The Wall Street Journal received 536 applications from over two dozen countries. From that pool, the judges chose a total of 37 winners and runners-up in 18 categories. See the full list on the Wall Street Journal.

Ray Rothrock NVCA Chair

Today the NVCA welcomed Ray Rothrock as their incoming Chairman for the 2012-2013 term. Ray has been very involved with the NVCA in recent years as a board member and will be leading the charge for the upcoming year, building on the great work that has been done with the JOBS Act, SEC exemption, and various other initiatives. According to Ray, “The venture capital industry must continue to evolve in its support of innovation. Our mission must remain to back great entrepreneurs whose visions for new companies and new industries are essential to America’s growth and prosperity.” Congratulations Ray!

ARPA-E Dinner

Last week, Venrock co-sponsored the participation of 82 student energy club leaders from more than 30 universities to attend the 3rd annual ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit (photographed here). This conference is designed to bring together key players from across the energy ecosystem and Venrock’s Matthew Nordan was a featured speaker on the topic of capital.

Future of Energy, By Ray Rothrock

2011 was a pivotal year for the energy sector – the world witnessed a colossal nuclear power disaster at Fukushima, Japan and the venture capital flameout of Solyndra. Until recently the energy sector was hot among investors, but what now? Ray Rothrock takes a candid look at the energy sector in, “Venture Capital and Energy in the United States: Where to From Here,” published by The Huffington Post on New Year’s Day.