Benefunder Joins Global Conference for Accelerating Cleantech Innovations & Funding

GLOSHO’15 Brings Together Entrepreneurs, Investors, Technologists, Executives, and Policymakers

October 8, 2015 – Benefunder, the nation’s leading research platform for charitable giving, will join other cleantech thought leaders to meet and exchange ideas, facilitate trade and investment, celebrate entrepreneurship, and further innovation during the third annual LACI GLOSHO Cleantech Global Showcase, October 21-22, 2015.

The summit, to be held at the JW Marriott in downtown Los Angeles, brings together an international group of entrepreneurs, investors, technologists, executives, and policymakers focused on the acceleration of clean technology and the funding of early stage cleantech entrepreneurs.

During the conference, Benefunder cofounder and CEO Christian Braemer will be part of a panel “The Emerging Cleantech Investor Landscape: Impact and Family Offices” on Wednesday, Oct. 21. The panel discussion will focus on impact investing, philanthropy, and alternative funding in the cleantech space. During the discussion, Braemer will touch on how alternative platforms such as funding cleantech research in our nation's universities may be attractive to donors, and how the emergence of impact investing in both the profit and nonprofit worlds has the ability to fill the funding gap faced by our nation’s research institutions.

Benefunder, a foundation that connects philanthropists with top research causes across the country, has a wide range of leading clean energy innovators and labs on its platform, including those at Duke University, Harvard, Cornell, The University of Texas at Austin, Rice University, University of California at San Diego, and Georgia Tech. These researchers and labs are working on breakthroughs in power production, storage and delivery, as well as climate change and policy.

“In clean technology, we need a major innovation to make the financial decision easy for the everyday consumer,” Braemer said. “That can only happen if we put dollars directly into our nation’s top labs, where transformative new inventions are being developed – such as bendable solar tarps, global water solutions, improved sustainable energy storage, algae biofuel technology, and energy efficient vehicles. By connecting donors with these top clean energy innovators, we can help philanthropists have an immediate and direct impact on research that is important to them while fueling innovations that will benefit future generations.”

Mike Swords, Vice President, Partnerships for LACI, said, “We are thrilled to have Benefunder’s Christian Braemer join us for GloSho'15. He is a significant part of a rock solid panel exploring Impact and Family Offices, a big part of a day filled with exciting presentations on the emerging cleantech investor landscape.”

About Benefunder:

Benefunder is a foundation for innovation that has created a new funding channel for research while providing philanthropists with a smarter and more meaningful way to give.

Through our Charitable Impact Fund, we connect donors with the nation’s top innovators across all fields of study, including life sciences, technology, the environment and education, and the arts and humanities. Benefunder -- named the Best Do-Gooder StartUp in 2015 -- has the largest active researcher portal in the United States, with more than 650 top researchers who are working on both basic research and breakthrough treatments and solutions that will greatly impact and benefit society. More information at


About GloSho’15

There isn’t another conference in North America with the array of thought leaders, investors, academics, policymakers and entrepreneurs to be found at LACI’s Cleantech Global Showcase: GloSho’15, at the J.W. Marriott @LA Live, on Wednesday, October 21and Thursday, October 22. Hosted by the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), this annual summit is an opportunity to connect one-on-one with an international group of industry leaders as they explore the cutting edge of cleantech investment, entrepreneurship and innovation in 2015. More at