Collaborative consumption has taken over New York City by storm, empowering micro-entrepreneurs to make and save money from their assets. Over the past year, companies such as Uber, Sidecar, and Airbnb have begun to navigate the legal structures that currently exist whilst experiencing rapid adoption of their platforms.
With the explosive growth of the sharing economy in New York and all the recent press on collaborative consumption organizations battling with outdated government laws, we decided to bring together the pioneers of the collaborative consumption economy in New York to talk about their growth and how they have dealt with the City and State government. Whether it’s navigating old laws, working to change regulations, or growing a passionate user base, there are many things companies in the collaborative consumption space can learn from each other.
Earth Day New York in conjunction with
NYU is launching a new student engagement conference this year titled
Live Green / Work Green. It is being designed to provide students the
opportunity to learn about ways they can pursue environmentally
sustainable paths in both their professional and personal lives. The
conference will bring together a variety of sustainability professionals
to engage with the NYU student community around Live Green / Work Green
themes with a strong focus on how to make a lifelong commitment to
sustainability through both work and lifestyle choices.
· SBIR / STTR Basics and Prerequisites
· Elements of a Winning Proposal
· Real Life Experiences from Award Winners
· Accounting Specific to SBIR / STTR Success
Who Should Attend
· Companies seeking to develop innovative new products
· Entrepreneurs seeking to start a business based on a new technology
· Researchers interested in collaborating with businesses
· Previous SBIR/STTR applicants seeking current information
Clubs joined in the past include: Bard Sustainability, Columbia Business and SIPA Energy Clubs, CUNY Energy Club, New School Energy Club, NYU Center for Global Affairs, Law School and Stern Energy Clubs, and NYU-Poly Entrepreneurs Association.
Kevin Brophy is co-founder and Managing Principal of Meidlinger Partners, LLC,
a Philadelphia-based private equity-investment firm. Before cofounding
Meidlinger Partners in November 2008, Brophy held roles in operations as
well as director positions with Aqua America, including executive roles
in mergers, acquisitions, business development, investor relations, and
strategic planning. Mr. Brophy oversees the firm's daily operations,
and manages financial planning for Portfolio Companies. Mr. Brophy also
plays an integral role in negotiating and structuring investments and
strategic planning for Portfolio Companies.
Mr. Brophy has a B.S. in business administration from Villanova University and has completed executive programs at London Business School. He is a member of Investors’ Circle, a leading network of private and institutional investors that uses private capital to promote the transition to a sustainable economy. He is also on the executive committee of the Children's Crisis Treatment Center, a Philadelphia nonprofit organization.
Lawrenceville Plasma Physics is a high-tech research and development corporation specializing in applications of plasma physics, including fusion power and intense X-ray sources. Our lead project is the development of an ecologicaly safe fusion energy generator using a device called the dense plasma focus (DPF) and hydrogen-boron fuel. We call this "Focus Fusion". This work was initially funded by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and is now backed by over forty private investors including the Abell Foundation of Baltimore. LPP's patented technology and peer-reviewed science are guiding the design of a modular 5MW electric generator that could be mass manufactured and produce power more cheaply than any other energy source.
Eos Energy Storage is developing a novel, low-cost energy storage solution for the electric utility and transportation industries. Eos’s mission is to produce cost-effective energy storage solutions that are less expensive than both other battery technologies and the most economical incumbent alternatives used to provide the same service, such as gas turbines for power generation.
Tuesday Nov. 12, 2013
6pm - 9pm
Featuring cool new eco-friendly Dutch designed products from The Netherlands in this incredible new fashion factory in NYC! Walk in and light up the Energy Floor below your feet, test ride a sustainable wooden Bough Bike, sip from organic fair trade No House Wine while previewing Future green developments in the latest book by Dutch trendwatcher Second Sight. If the lights go down, flip open a solar powered light charger by Waka Waka and you're good to go.
You will see even more innovative products like unique water bottles from Dopper, biodegradable golf balls, jeans that you can lease, and Kazmok messenger bags made from used industrial conveyor belts.
Free Raffle prizes, Wine & Appetizers
Bob Inglis, former U.S. Congressman and current director of the the Energy and Enterprise Initiative (E&EI), will assert that climate change is a conversation that was started and is still dominated today by those on the left and center of the political spectrum. He believes, however, that it's also an issue that conservatives are positioned to lead on because free enterprise can help solve our energy and climate challenges through a true cost comparison between competing fuels. E&EI is promoting a free-enterprise solution, specifically a revenue-neutral tax swap that shifts taxes off of income and capital and on to carbon dioxide - tax the bad and quit taxing the good. Having set the economics right (by internalizing negative externalities/revealing hidden costs), the free enterprise system will deliver innovation faster and more efficiently than government mandates, incentives or regulations ever could.
The Institute for Public Knowledge and the Center for Global Affairs invite you to join us for a lunch discussion about the German “Energy Transition” and the Elektrizitätswerke Schönau (EWS), a renewable energy cooperative. Rebecca Bertram of the Heinrich Böll Foundation and Eva Stegen of EWS will lead the discussion.
ElektrizitatsWerke Schönau (EWS) decided to buy the local grid in 1991,
the energy market was not yet liberalized and financial support systems
were absent. By buying the grid, EWS aimed to reorganize it in an
ecological manner. In order to transform the grid and the energy
production, EWS stimulated citizens to install renewable energy
production units by facilitating their connection to the grid and by
paying special feed-in tariffs. At the moment, the produced energy of
citizens is exported to the grid and they are compensated under the
terms of the German Renewable Energy Act.
EWS claims that by taking the grid and the sale of energy into their
own hands, citizens can change the business model to suit the needs of
their members. The discussion will touch on the cooperative's strength:
the use of social power, utilizing the power of volunteers that bring in
expertise for free as well as the question of implementing this model
in other communities.
Join YPE as we explore NYC infrastructure one year post-Sandy. We will
sit down with Griffin Reilly from Con Edison, Candice Tsay from the NYC
Mayor's Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability, and Derek
Braithwaite from the NYC Transit Authority to hear how these agencies
are working together and planning for the future. These experts will
answer your questions about what they've done since Sandy and how they
are planning for future storms and climate change. After the panel
discussion, we will have light refreshments and networking with energy