The CU Energy Club will be hosting the 7th annual Energy Frontiers conference on March 10, 2016 from 10 am to 5 pm in the Glenn Miller Ballroom of the University Memorial Center. The event is completely free and includes 2 panel discussions on current “hot” topics in the Energy field, catered lunch, SwitchCU~, and an energy career & networking fair focused on energy related businesses. The conference will commence with a keynote speech from Teju Ravilochan, CEO of the Unreasonable Institute. The conference will conclude with the energy career & networking fair, which gives students an excellent opportunity to network and interact with some of the energy companies right in our own backyard!

Feel free to come to all of the conference events or just part of the day! Please RSVP under the “registration” tab if you plan on joining!


10:00am – 11:00am: Keynote Speaker (Glenn Miller Ballroom): Teju Ravilochan, CEO Unreasonable Institute

11:15am – 12:15pm: Panel Discussion (Room 235) on Energy Poverty: Barriers and Opportunities to Energy Access in the Developing World

12:15pm – 12:45pm: Lunch (Glenn Miller Ballroom)

12:45pm – 1:45pm: SwitchCU~ (Glenn Miller Ballroom)

2:00pm – 3:00pm: Panel Discussion (Room 235) on Social Entrepreneurship: Colorado Based Solutions to Increase Energy Access in the Developing World

3:00pm – 5:00pm: Career and Networking Event (Glenn Miller Ballroom)


Bridging the Gap; Energy Solutions for the Developing World

Keynote Address

Grassroots Solutions to Energy Problems

Mr. Teju Ravilochan, CEO, Unreasonable Institute
Bio: Teju is the co-founder and CEO of Unreasonable Institute. Unreasonable Institute finds entrepreneurs effectively tackling social and environmental problems and helps them get the mentorship, capital, and networks they need to scale their impact, through 5-day and 5-week intensive startup accelerator programs. They’ve worked with over 126 ventures in their three main locations (US, Uganda, and Mexico) and are currently piloting in eight new countries. Their entrepreneurs have raised a collective total of $72 million since attending Unreasonable Institute and benefited over 8 million lives.


What is SwitchCU~? This is a BRAND NEW event we are introducing to Energy Frontiers! Switch~ is a fun, fast-paced event about sharing sustainable energy ideas.  SwitchCU~ is a spinoff event of Switch~, an event created by Rocky Mountain AESP. SwitchCU~ is unique in that CU students will be featured as the speakers!

  • As a speaker, you will have five minutes to present auto-advancing slides to inspire the audience about an energy related topic YOU are passionate about!
  • SwitchCU~ will be hosted by Bill LeBlanc, an accomplished comedian and longtime Switch~ MC.

Switch~ has led extremely popular events in Boulder:(https://switchenergy.wordpress.com/). switchCU~ is a play on this concept – with CU student speakers!

Panel Discussions

Panel Session 1: Energy Poverty: Barriers and Opportunities to Energy Access in the Developing World

Moderator: Adam Reed, Lecturer and Coordinator for Renewable and Sustainable Energy (RSE)

Panelists: TBA

Panel Session 2: Social Entrepreneurship: Colorado Based Solutions to Increase Energy Access in the Developing World

Moderator:  Chris Fry

Panelists: TBA

Career & Networking Fair

This part of the day is always a big hit, with 20-30 energy companies and organizations (many of which are hiring) for you to mingle with.  Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to network with dozens of contacts from the energy industry, and get the inside word on available positions. We will list attending companies on our website closer to the event.

Energy Frontiers is geared towards students, but all are welcome to attend. We encourage attendees to stay for all events, but you are welcome to come and go throughout the day as your schedule permits.

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