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Investor Speaker Series: Spotlight on Houston
June 17 @ 15:00 - 16:30 CDT
Join us virtually or in person at Greentown Labs Houston on Thursday, June 17 at 3:00pm CT for our next installment of our Investor Speaker Series.
A rapidly unfolding energy transition will require a robust early-stage investment community to fund the creation of new technologies—and Houston is home to this type of vibrant investment ecosystem. Hear from leaders of this community and how they are approaching investing in the companies and technologies that will power the energy transition.
In-person attendees are invited to join us for a happy hour following the panel discussion at Greentown Houston!
Neal is a venture capitalist and serial entrepreneur with 9+ startups under his belt, and one of the best seed-stage hit rates in cleantech. Neal helped launch the CVC fund at Royal Dutch Shell, co-founded 7 tech startups, and co-founded Jane Capital Partners a leading cleantech investor whose seed investees raised over $400M. Neal has co-founded 7 startups from energy to SaaS, variously held CEO, VP, CFO, and Chairman roles, including smart grid startups Smart Wires, where he was also CFO of the modular power flow controls startup; and Zenergy Power, a superconducting smart grid technology (IPO). He holds a B.A. in Economics from Texas A&M.
Prior to joining SCF, Hossam founded O&G Technologies, a Houston based technology incubator focused on the oil and gas industry. He has over 24 years’ experience in the energy sector, technology development, and commercialization. Hossam has served as Senior Operating Partner at Lime Rock Partners and as CEO of Tercel Oilfield Products, which was acquired in May 2016. Prior to these roles, Hossam spent nearly 17 years at Schlumberger where he served as Vice President of Manufacturing as well as managed the company’s leading-edge Rosharon Technology Center and the Houston Product Center. Hossam received an MBA and Masters in Engineering from Northwestern University and a Bachelor’s degree from Ain Shams University, Egypt.
Patti Melcher is the Managing Partner and co-founder of EIV Capital, LLC, a private equity firm focused on the midstream sector of the energy industry. Ms. Melcher has over 30 years of experience in energy. She began her career as an investment banker with Simmons & Company in 1986 and then joined SCF Partners, an oilfield service focused private equity fund, upon its formation in 1989. In 1997, she formed Allegro Capital Management to provide investment management and consulting services in the energy industry and in that same year co-founded The Joy School, a non-profit school to serve children with learning differences, where she served as president and board chair until 2005. In 2009, she co-founded EIV Capital to provide growth capital to companies in the energy industry. Ms. Melcher is responsible for managing the firm and its investment program and serves on the boards of EIV Capital portfolio companies. Ms. Melcher served as a director and audit chair of Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. from its IPO in 2005 through Sept. 2020. Ms. Melcher continues to be active in the non-profit community in Houston and currently serves as a Trustee of the University of Virginia School of Engineering. She received an MBA from Harvard University and a BS in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia.
Vidisha Prasad is the Managing Partner of Adya Partners, based in Houston, TX. Adya Partners is a multi-strategy investment and advisory firm focused on private secondary investments in late-stage Companies, early stage venture capital (seed-Series B), and strategic advisory to founders, CEOs and Boards on growth and business positioning, capital markets and M&A. Ms. Prasad brings nearly two decades of experience in investments, strategic and Board advisory, corporate mergers, asset acquisitions and divestitures, capital markets and restructuring. She has been involved in the execution and origination of more than $80 billion of domestic and cross-border M&A and A&D advisory, leveraged buyout and capital raising transactions over the course of her career, and has worked across the US, Europe and Asia. Prior to founding Adya Partners, Ms. Prasad was a founding member of Guggenheim Securities’ Energy Investment Banking practice in Houston. Prior to Guggenheim, Ms. Prasad was at Citi’s Global Energy Investment Banking practice in Houston, London and New York for over 14 years. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Rochester in 2002.
Prior to Greentown Labs, Juliana has worked in roles in startup support organizations, angel investment groups, and venture capital firms across multiple industry sectors including medtech, cleantech, fintech, consumer and impact. Most recently she served as the Director of the Texas Medical Center Venture Fund, and prior to that as the Managing Director of the Houston Angel Network. The Houston Angel Network is the most active angel network in the United States, and has invested in Greentown companies AMS and Dynamo Micropower. Prior to this, Juliana managed the Antipolis Innovation Campus, a small business innovation and incubation center in the French Riviera. In this role she also served as the Managing Director of the Sophia Business Angels, investing in cleantech startups such as SunPartner, Solar Indice, Nheolis, Blue H Group and Certinergy. Juliana earned her MBA at the London Business School and Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, with a concentration in entrepreneurship. She has also received recognition as a Kauffman Fellow, a highly selective two-year program for innovative venture capital leaders.