First Annual

Minnesota Cleantech Innovation Day 2023

Hosted by 3M

Minnesota Cleantech Innovation Summit 2024

We are excited to announce the return of this successful showcase event – featuring expert speakers, startups, and industry leaders coming together to share innovation successes and regional opportunities for cleantech. Visit our 2024 page for more information. 

Minnesota's First-Ever Cleantech Innovation Day (2023)

On June 7, 2023, over 50 companies convened at the 3M Innovation Center to share insights and information about emerging technologies, trends, and investing perspectives. This flagship event showcased the state’s dedication to advancing energy and climate solutions and driving innovation in the clean technology sector. Check out our event photo album on Flickr.

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Keynote speaker taj ahmad eldridge. Photos taken by alex carroll photography.

Minnesota Cleantech Innovation Day featured a comprehensive program that included key regional leadership from industry, energy, agriculture, higher education, investors, and nonprofits. Keynote speaker, Taj Ahmad Eldridge, shared his global experience with cleantech investing, including his work as a General Partner with Include Ventures and with the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator. He was joined at our event by an incredible group of Minnesota leaders in cleantech, workforce, investing, government and policy, research, business development, higher education, and community-building.  The event brought together hundreds of partners and invited newcomers to the table to be part of our growing ecosystem. View the full event program, including speakers and moderator bios.

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Cleantech pathways event speakers – deedee peaslee, taj ahmad eldridge, markeeta keyes, ling becker, commissioner rena moran

Mr. Eldridge is also building new pathways for cleantech jobs and leadership through his work with Jobs for the Future. We built upon the opportunity to share this wisdom and experiences with local students, employers, and partners, hosting a Workforce Pathways event at Saint Paul College during our week of events. We were incredibly fortunate to have Ramsey County Commissioner Rena Moran, Saint Paul College President Deedee Peaslee, Ling Becker (Ramsey County Director of Workforce Solutions), and Markeeta Keyes (City of Minneapolis – Green Careers Program Coordinator).

Our vision for this event, and the Minnesota Cleantech Consortium, is to solidify our region’s leadership in the cleantech innovation ecosystem. We have an incredible track record of technology innovation, and we have the talent and leadership to bring these opportunities home. The future state of this ecosystem has an accessible and tangible pathway for innovators from idea to commercialization and the network of partners to provide the necessary capital, mentoring, market access, and talent to scale our cleantech innovations. Our collective efforts can lead to a generations’ worth of equitable and impactful economic development.

Special thanks to our event co-hosts – 3M, Clean Energy Economy Minnesota, and the University of Minnesota Technological Leadership Institute. 

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Congratulations to all of our startup presenters. Thank you to all of our sponsors for your support.

8:00am – 9:00am – Networking & Innovation Center Tours 

9:00am – 9:15am – Welcome 

9:15am – 10:15am – Opening Panel Discussion – Emerging Cleantech Trends and Opportunities

10:15am – 10:45amKeynote: Taj Ahmad Eldridge 

10:45am – 11:00am – Break

11:00am – 12:00pmPowerNorth Incubator Pitch Sessions 

12:00pm – 1:00pm – Lunch & Innovation Center Tours

1:00pm – 2:00pm – Panel Discussion – Investor Perspectives

2:00pm – 3:30pm – Grid Catalyst Demonstration Cohort Presentations 

3:30pm – 4:00pm – Closing Remarks

4:00pm – 5:00pm – Closing Reception & Innovation Center Tours

About Our Keynote Speaker

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Taj Ahmad Eldridge

Include Ventures Managing Partner
Taj Ahmad Eldridge is a 25+ year investment professional whose career has included high level executive roles in banking, asset management, alternative investments, and entrepreneurship. Taj serves as Managing Director of Climate Innovations at Jobs for the Future, leading the work around climate and the future of work.

In addition, as General Partner of Include Venture Partners and former Senior Director of Investments at the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), Eldridge has built a longstanding career with expertise in the fields of fintech, media, energy, transportation, and the circular economy. Eldridge is is also one of the 70 Black Investors in - a $325 million virtual conference platform as noted in AfroTech.

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