As vice-president of operations, Laura will enhance and refine the organization’s operational infrastructure.
PALO ALTO, Calif., June 11, 2014: The Cleantech Open (www.cleantechopen.org), the world’s largest clean-technology accelerator, has appointed Laura Draxler, MBA, MSE, as vice-president of operations. She will join the Cleantech Open’s executive team and lead operations at its national headquarters in Palo Alto, California. In this new role, Laura will expand and refine the organization’s operational infrastructure, enhance event programming, and implement state-of-the-art data management systems to support growth of the Cleantech Open nationally and abroad.
Founded in 2006, the Cleantech Open has grown from one region to eight regions nationally, and has scaled up globally with Cleantech Open Accelerators operating in five countries by the end of 2014.
Since 2008, Laura has provided executive-level leadership and project management for several clean-energy startups, and has been both a mentor and program chair at the Cleantech Open. She has held multiple program chair roles, most recently as the national and western alumni chairs, and has been an advisor to startups HelioBioSys, MaterialMix, Enfocus, and BioFiltro, among several others.
Laura is currently founder and CEO at The CodeLab. She has led technology teams across multiple functional areas in cleantech, software and biotech for more than ten years. She has also shipped a variety of systems and software at Fortune 500 and early-stage companies, most recently in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and wastewater treatment and recycling.
As CEO of startup ZERE Energy and Biofuels (2009 Cleantech Open runner up), Laura accelerated ZERE’s biomass waste-to-renewable energy business, advanced biofuels technology with NREL, and was awarded grant funding. At Lawrence Berkeley National Labs, she has led partner development of ultra-low energy devices.
Laura is also a judge for national, academic, and government competitions in engineering, renewable energy, and environmental sciences.
Laura is a graduate of the UC Berkeley-Columbia Business School Executive M.B.A. Program. She received her M.S. in engineering from Santa Clara University and B.S. in mechanical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis. Laura currently serves on the board of directors of ZERE Energy and Biofuels Inc.
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The Cleantech Open runs the world’s largest cleantech accelerator. Its mission is to find, fund and foster entrepreneurs with big ideas that address today’s most urgent energy, environmental and economic challenges. A 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, the Cleantech Open provides the infrastructure, expertise and strategic relationships that turn clever ideas into successful global cleantech companies. Since 2006, through its one-of-a-kind annual accelerator and mentorship program, almost 900 participating companies in the United States alone have raised a total of more than $950M and created thousands of jobs. Internationally, the Cleantech Open Global Ideas competition is held annually in collaboration with Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), and has included entrepreneurs from 39 countries. Fueled by a global network of more than 2,000 volunteers and sponsors, the Cleantech Open unites the public and private sectors in a shared vision for making the cleantech sectors a thriving economic engine around the world. For more information, visit www.cleantechopen.org, or follow us on @cleantechopen and Facebook.