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Check out the 2020 program below!

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

7:15 - 8:30

Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:00 - 8:15

CapitalRoad Welcome & MC Opening Remarks

8:15 - 9:15

All-New "Meet the Investors": A Reverse Pitch Session

Looking to fuel the momentum of your venture? These investors have the knowledge and capital to propel your business to the next level, and they want you to know why their firm is best for you! Listen in as this diverse group of bold capital providers offer their quick pitch to you, the entrepreneurs, on why your venture should be looking to secure the investment, partnership, and/or expertise they have to offer! Plus, find what types of investments they are looking for at the 2020 PROPEL Energy Tech Forum.

Espen Strøm

Investment Director

Andrea Course

Venture Principal

Rodolphe Héliot

VP Business Incubation

Marty Reed


Matt Colucci

Co-Founder & Managing Partner

Adzmel Adznan

Partner & Operating Manager

Tyler Durham

Venture Principal

Chad Gardner


J.P. Bauman


9:15 AM - 10:15

Structured Networking Break: Investor Hosted Speed Dating

Kick-off your PROPEL Forum networking  by joining this speed dating session to get some face time with the capital leaders you just heard from! Each investor will host a table and founders, startups, and tech companies will get the chance to connect with them. Grab your business cards and let the networking begin!

10:15 - 10:45

Presenting Company Showcase

Startup Spotlight Stream

The Startup Spotlight showcase gives the hottest Early Stage companies an opportunity to present in front of the entire PROPEL audience for the very first time!

10:45 - 11:15

Tech Talk Speaker: Charlotte Plombin, ConocoPhillips | "Developing a Culture of Innovation"

Charlotte has worked in the energy industry, with a focus on oil sands, for 16 years. She has led technology teams, developed pilots, managed wells and production teams, and has evaluated and deployed a number of other breakthrough technologies. To say she is experienced in her field would be a grave understatement. An advocate for data integration, efficient processes and decision making, she was recently asked to define and lead ConocoPhillips Canada’s innovation framework and subsequent culture change program.

“Wildly fluctuating oil prices and a struggling economy can impact an organization’s culture and priorities. Staff can go from bottomless curiosity to a fear of failure in a heartbeat. Differentiating our barrel and staying ahead of the competition requires transformational changes and adaptation that can be costly and erode short-term value. What if the first transformational step was not fancy technology, but rather adjusting our behaviors, culture, and processes?”

Are you ready to embrace change? Join us at #PROPEL2020 for this insightful talk from an expert who knows exactly how to lead a company through strategies and processes to make innovation part of an organization’s DNA.

11:15 - 12:00

Presenting Company Showcase

Digital Oilfield Stream

Bring on the game-changers! High potential Digital Oilfield technologies are showcased, along with their plans to deliver stunning ROI for adopters and generate lucrative returns for investors. This stream offers a wide range of digital applications that could be applied at any phase of the energy industry. Typical technologies include automation, IoT/IIoT, software, imaging, big data, communication technology, cybersecurity, and more.

12:00 - 13:00

Networking Lunch

13:00 - 14:00

Keynote Speaker: Ezra Roizen, Founder, M&A Startup Advisor & Author | "The Magic Box Paradigm: A Framework for Startup Acquisitions"

Ezra Roizen is passionate about entrepreneurs, startups, and the investment community. As an accomplished leader in the tech startup world, from co-founding two tech companies (including one that is now part of SAP) to leading his own startup advisory firm, Ezra plans to share his unique insights on M&A and exit commercialization pathways at #PROPEL2020.

His book, Magic Box Paradigm: A Framework for Startup Acquisitions, has been recognized as the most comprehensive, straight-talking book on startup M&A that you could possibly read.

“What if I told you that the last thing you want from a potential acquirer is a term sheet? Or, that the casualty of a bidding war is most likely going to be you? Or, the presentation you use when you meet with investors is almost the opposite of the one you should use with strategic partners? Or, that acquirers’ efforts to reduce their risk when making an acquisition can often increase the likelihood of their failure? Startup acquisitions are counter-intuitive.”

Ezra is handing you the keys. Are you planning for the future? Do you know what your exit pathway looks like? This talk demystifies the process and provides founders with a frame of reference and an actionable M&A game plan. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to learn about Ezra’s holistic approach to developing relationships with potential strategic partners, sparking inbound acquisition interest, and ultimately optimizing and closing the deal.

14:00 - 14:45

Networking Break & Investors Deal Lounge

14:45 - 15:25

Presenting Company Showcase

Resource Recovery & Management Stream

High potential Resource Recovery and Management technologies are presented in this showcase. This stream focuses on technologies that improve the economics, safety, and/or sustainability of extraction and recovery, upgrading and refinement, transportation and pipelines, etc.

15:25 - 16:25

Panel Session: Molecules to Mega Projects - "Building Successful Innovation Labs"

Join this panel for a healthy discussion around innovation labs’ positive disruption in companies. These energy innovators hold valuable experience when it comes to innovation labs, whether it be through exposure and/or physical implementation of them. The experts will be sharing insights around what has worked for some and failed for others, and will explore why at #PROPEL2020. Listen in as they discuss and debate where innovation can be enabled, from internal to disrupted and from strategic to practical. 

16:25 - 16:30

Closing Remarks & End of Day 1

16:30 - 18:00

The Official PROPEL Networking Reception

Join us in the Oak Room for cocktails, canapes, and reflections on the first day of presentations.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

7:30 - 8:30

Networking Breakfast

8:30 - 8:45

Day 2 Opening Remarks

8:45 - 9:30

Fireside Chat: "Titans of Tech Innovation"

Listen in as these O&G heavyweights discuss their respective experiences, from assessing and adopting, to developing and deploying innovative technologies. These leaders are tasked with minimizing energy inputs to maximize output, as low-cost operators in a low-carbon economy. The answers lie in tech-driven innovation. Hear it straight from the experts as they share their new solutions, creative methods, and tangible approaches to building the energy industry of the future. Only at #PROPEL2020!

Sha-Chelle Manning

VP, Technology & Innovation

Chad Bown

Senior Principal

Andrea Course

Venture Principal

Tyler Durham

Venture Principal

9:30 - 10:15

Fireside Chat: "Developing Customer & Market Traction"

“So you have a great technology that solves a critical problem. And you have an amazing team ready to perform. But tell me more about your market and customer traction?”

Have you heard this question from a potential investor or partner and realized you weren’t sure how to respond? Or maybe it was a “build it and they will come” approach? Don’t leave it to chance! Catch these experts at PROPEL as they shed light on how your company can build the right plan, and connect with the right customers at the right time.

11:00 - 11:30

Presenting Company Showcase

Environmental Stewardship & Advanced Materials Stream

This stream showcases Environmental Stewardship and Advanced Materials technologies, along with their plans to deliver stunning ROI for adopters and generate lucrative returns for investors. This stream broadly encompasses new innovations within Advanced Materials, Chemistry, and/or Nanotechnology, with applications across the energy industry. Key interest areas include technologies that focus on carbon capture and conversion or provide more sustainable metrics around waste, water, and GHG’s.

11:30 - 12:00

Presenting Company Showcase

Alumni Update Stream

Past PROPEL Forum Presenting Companies are welcomed back to join the Alumni showcase. Alumni Companies are selected based on demonstrated growth and hitting key milestones since their first presentation at PROPEL within any of the forum’s core technology streams. Listen is as they share the progress they have made and what opportunities still lie ahead.

13:00 - 13:15

Best Presenting Company Awards Ceremony

13:15 - 14:00

Keynote Speaker: Rodolphe Héliot, VP Business Incubation, Schneider Electric | "An Electrified Energy Future"

Rodolphe Heliot leads the global Business Incubation initiative at Schneider Electric, connecting the company with worldwide innovation ecosystems and launching disruptive business initiatives in the fields of buildings, energy, and industry. Prior to joining Schneider Electric, Rodolphe was an Investment Manager at Aster Capital, where he supported the Aster portfolio of companies in their growth, developed partnerships, and delivered strategic insights. Rodolphe’s key areas of expertise include energy markets, smart grids and smart buildings, and data analytics.

“The energy system we currently live in has brought massive benefits to our world’s economic development, leading our world to the spectacle of global industrialization, as well as three times more energy consumed per capita over the course of the 20th century. This energy system has one main weakness: most of the waste ends up polluting the air. A transition to an all-electric renewable-based energy system has the potential to eliminate this waste, but it does have its challenges. Despite continuous energy efficiency improvements, demand for electricity is to double in 20 years, and current power infrastructure will not be able to keep up with that demand.”

In his talk, Rodolphe will explore several avenues for Electrification, Decarbonization, Decentralization, and Digitization. Disruptive technologies in energy are leading to an electrified energy future – find out how at #PROPEL2020!

14:00 - 14:15

Closing Remarks