Neal Dikeman is a venture capitalist and serial entrepreneur who has founded more than nine startups and attained one of the best seed-stage hit rates in cleantech.
With a B.A. in Economics from Texas A&M, Neal began his career in private equity at Bankers Trust, where he eventually transitioned to energy before learning startup investing at the parent company behind Yellowpages.com (Acq by AT&T).
At 25, Neal co-founded Jane Capital Partners and was a seed investor in Zenergy, (IPO LSE), Block Shield (IPO LSE), and Smart Wires. He was an advisor to $1B+ in corporate venture capital at ConocoPhillips, Meridian Energy, Shell, and Macquarie Bank. Neal helped lead the $400M North American corporate venture capital (CVC) fund at Royal Dutch Shell and led Shell’s $100M spinout fund. He also launched a solar IPP for Meridian that built one of the first utility-scale solar farms in the US.
The co-founder of seven tech startups from energy to SaaS, Neal has held several roles, including CEO, VP, CFO, and Chairman.
He founded and operates Cleantech.org, the leading portal for energy & environmental technology commercialization that has been cited on energy-related topics in hundreds of publications from Time Magazine to the Wall Street Journal. In 2018, he ran for US Senate in Texas against Beto O’Rourke and Ted Cruz, winning the Libertarian Party Nomination and nearly upsetting the race. Neal also serves as managing partner of Old Growth Ventures, a family office and private equity fund manager that focuses on specialty real estate investing.
Neal Dikeman’s Session(s):
10:30 am–11:00 am | Thu, March 30, 2023
Despite the incredible investment allotted to charging infrastructure by the government, greater levels of private investment will be needed to further support installation. Learn how public-private partnerships can facilitate rapid growth, and how federal investment in the rollout of EV charging infrastructure enables investment opportunities for many private equity firms. Explore the many venues for investing including market awareness platforms, battery technology development, charging systems, and software developments.