Venture Catalysts for the Clean Economy

Partnering with innovators to drive scale, profit, and impact

About Us

ABOUT PURE ENERGY PARTNERS

Capital Formation. Business Development. Strategy. Marketing.

Pure Energy Partners is a strategic advisory firm that designs and executes commercialization strategies in partnership with entrepreneurs, investors, and corporate innovators.
We invest our human capital and relationships across a portfolio of startups and creative initiatives to spark a cleaner economy.


CORE TEAM

We are a small, nimble, highly experienced, highly networked group. Think of us as a clean economy special forces team. We commit our know how, passion, and entrepreneurial spirit to quickly create significant value for our portfolio
companies and projects. We also leverage our extensive global network to identify the best investors, clients, partners, providers, or talent who can best accelerate their growth.

NICHOLAS EISENBERGER

NICHOLAS EISENBERGER

Managing Partner

Nicholas Eisenberger is a pioneer of the clean economy. As a successful entrepreneur, investor, strategist, and highly regarded speaker and author, Nicholas has worked for two decades to ... read more.

SAMEER RASHID

SAMEER RASHID

Partner

Sameer Rashid is a clean economy entrepreneur, strategist, and evangelist with a nose for emerging opportunities, talent, and trends. Over the course of his career, Sameer has successfully ... read more.

NED HORNEFFER

NED HORNEFFER

Analyst

Ned Horneffer has been working with clean economy projects and companies for six years. Ned joined Pure Energy Partners after graduating from the University of St Andrews with an MA (Honors) in Sustainable ... read more.

MICHAEL KAVANAUGH

MICHAEL KAVANAUGH

Executive Assistant

Michael Kavanaugh provides highly professional, personalized executive support for Pure Energy Partners and its clients. Previously, at GreenOrder, a leading sustainability strategy firm, Michael ... read more.

    MARK LAVINE

    MARK LAVINE

    Business Development Associate

    Mark is a business development and communications professional who has worked with some of Silicon Valley's most successful brands. Mark has experience guiding companies across a variety of stages, including established, venture-funded, and boot-strapped startups. ... read more.

      Extended Team

      Sarah King / Senior Advisor
      Alison Smith / Senior Advisor
      Rodi Blokh / Alumnus
      Ida Hempel / Alumna
      Armelle de Vienne / Alumna
      Vasilis Hrstidis / Alumnus
      Silpa Kaza / Alumna
      Josh Curry / Alumnus
      Nick Turchak / Alumnus

      Network

      Our network is broad and deep and includes leading organizations and individuals from across the clean economy and related energy, infrastructure, and information technology sectors. Depending on our clients’ needs, Pure Energy is able to tap the expertise of a broad variety of specialists in business strategy, marketing, finance, public policy, and technology who make up our extended team.

      Nicholas Eisenberger

      Managing Partner

      Nicholas Eisenberger is a pioneer of the clean economy. As a successful entrepreneur, investor, strategist, and highly regarded speaker and author, Nicholas has worked for two decades to advance the clean technology industry. Nicholas is the founder and Managing Partner of Pure Energy Partners, a venture catalyst firm that invests in high impact, high potential clean economy companies, projects, and funds and actively works to accelerate their commercial success.

      He is also a co-founder of GO Ventures, which invests in path breaking cleantech enterprises, a member of the board of directors of the American Council on Renewable Energy, the leading national umbrella organization for the industry, and a co-founder of The Cleanweb Initiative, a new industry association focused on growing the market place of information technology solutions that address our critical resource and environmental challenges.

      From 2005-2009, Nicholas was Managing Principal of GreenOrder, which he and his partners established as one of the most influential corporate sustainability strategy firms and sold in 2008. Called one of the “go to guys” in sustainability consulting by Fortune, Nicholas is widely recognized for his groundbreaking work with global companies such as GM, DuPont, HP, and GE, whose multi-billion dollar ecomagination initiative Nicholas played a key role in guiding from its launch

      Prior to that, Mr. Eisenberger was the founder and CEO of Ecos Technologies, an environmental management enterprise software company and a venture capital investor at Churchill Capital, one of the very first dedicated cleantech funds. In the mid-nineties, he also co-founded Mypoints.com, a pioneering public Internet marketing company that was purchased by United Airlines.

      Nicholas is an honors graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School and received a Certificate in Environmental Law from the University of California. He serves on numerous boards in the clean economy sector including the X PRIZE Foundation’s Energy & Environment Advisory Board, the President’s Advisory Council of the National Wildlife Foundation, the World Resource Institute’s Innovators Council, Scotland’s Saltire Prize Advisory Board for Marine Renewable Energy, the New York Council for Global Green USA, and the board of New York Sun Works, a science and sustainability non-profit. Nicholas lives by the Sound in coastal Connecticut with his wife, Robin, and their three young daughters.

      Sameer Rashid

      Partner

      Sameer Rashid is a clean economy entrepreneur, strategist, and evangelist with a nose for emerging opportunities, talent, and trends. Over the course of his career, Sameer has successfully identified and executed efforts to develop innovative markets, partnerships, and strategies in different sectors including CO2 capture and recycling, organic waste, and the cleanweb.

      In 2005, Sameer co-founded Think 21, a start-up focused on commercializing an organic waste recycling technology. Sameer led Think 21 and its market development efforts throughout the US. After Think 21 was acquired by Kleiner Perkins- and Waste Management-backed Harvest Power, a leader in next generation organics management, Sameer was a catalyst for Harvest’s market leadership in the east coast and Canada.

      Sameer joined Pure Energy Partners in late 2010 shortly after its launch. Before his foray into the clean economy sector, Sameer was a credit trader at Deutsche Bank, with a focus on energy and industrial sectors. Sameer is a graduate of The George Washington University, where he studied Economics. Sameer lives in Brooklyn with his wife Kate.

      Ned Horneffer

      Analyst

      Ned joined Pure Energy Partners after graduating from the University of St Andrews with an MA (Honors) in Sustainable Development. At Pure Energy, he leads project management and a broad variety of portfolio project research activities.

      During his time at University, Ned initiated a Jatropha biofuel cooperative in Botswana and successfully completed a charity car rally from London to UlaanBaatar, Mongolia using vegetable oil for fuel. Ned’s senior thesis examined Masdar City as a model for sustainable urban planning in the Middle East.

      Ned’s professional interest in clean technology began early on when he worked for Acidophil, LLC, a life sciences- and green chemistry-focused venture creation firm founded by Philip Goelet, PhD and Nobel laureate Sydney Brenner, MD PhD. Ned researched metabolic pathways in plants and bacteria which produce high-value polymers commonly derived from petroleum. Ned also assisted with the launch of ZuvaChem Inc., a company based around a novel technology to synthesize isoprene (natural rubber) from genetically engineered cyanobacteria.

      In his free time, Ned is an avid squash player, sailor, and horseback rider.

      Michael Kavanaugh

      Executive Assistant

      Michael Kavanaugh provides executive support for Pure Energy Partners and its clients. Previously, at GreenOrder, a leading sustainability strategy firm, Michael served Nicholas Eisenberger and the GreenOrder team across a broad array of administrative and business functions. He began his administrative career at the Citizens Committee for New York City in 1988, and continued at the Columbia University School of Journalism, Columbia Business School, American Ballet Theatre, and the Theatre Development Fund. In 1995, Michael began twelve years as a software and customer service trainer and training manager when he joined Instructional Systems Company, where he later served as product manager and quality assurance engineer.

      Mark LaVine

      Business Development Associate

      Mark is a business development and communications professional who has worked with some of Silicon Valley’s most successful brands. Mark has experience guiding companies across a variety of stages, including established, venture-funded, and boot-strapped startups.
      In 2009, Mark began his career at The OutCast Agency, named one of six “Insurgent Agencies of 2010″ by ADWEEK, a mid-size communications and digital/marketing firm that represents technology industry leaders and disruptors. In his role there, he developed and executed communications programs and launch campaigns for AdMob (acquired by Google), Benchmark Capital, Netflix, Nike, OpenTable, Palm, Quicken, VMware, Wealthfront, Yahoo! and Zimbra (acquired by VMware). Then, Mark ran communications for the Firefox suite of products at Mozilla, where he was responsible for driving communications strategy, writing product announcements and coordinating launch logistics.

      Mark joined Pure Energy Partners after founding his own communications consulting firm, which provides communications and PR services to startups in the cleantech / clean energy space. Mark graduated from University of Denver with a BA in International Studies (Honors) and enjoys soccer, cycling, skiing, and adventure travel.

      Services

      Accelerating Growth in the Clean Economy

      Pure Energy Partners accelerates the commercialization of clean economy solutions through capital formation, business development, strategy, and marketing. We focus on three types of opportunities in the clean economy:
      1Incubating new ideas with game changing potential
      2Accelerating the commercialization of promising emerging companies
      3Assisting mature businesses to capture clean economy opportunities



      CAPITAL FORMATION

      captialAccessing capital remains difficult for clean economy innovators. Leveraging a diverse, global network of investors, we help our portfolio companies develop and execute smart capital formation strategies to secure financing from strategic and entrepreneurial sources including family offices, super angels, corporates, institutional investors, and others.


      STRATEGY

      strategyClean economy market conditions are constantly shifting. As experienced strategy advisors to some of the world’s most senior business leaders, we help develop and execute disciplined commercialization strategies that have a single-minded focus on leapfrogging barriers and dramatically accelerating growth.


      Business Development

      bizdevCommercial success depends on customers, revenue, and effective channels to market. With deep expertise in sales and an extensive network of corporate relationships, we assist our portfolio companies to identify and develop strategic commercial partnerships that can fuel breakthrough growth.


      MARKETING

      marketingMarketing innovative clean economy solutions, often against conventional incumbents, is a complex challenge. Building on decades of missionary marketing for companies large and small, we develop creative branding, marketing, and communications strategies that present a differentiated, customer-focused, emotionally-resonant value proposition to key audiences.

      Portfolio

      Partners to Clean Economy Leaders

      We are partnering with some of the world’s most innovative entrepreneurs, business leaders, and investors to accelerate the commercialization of promising clean technologies — and our transition to a clean economy.
      We work hand-in-hand with our portfolio organizations as advisors, partners, board members, and special project leaders. And we anchor some of the most influential, multi-party market development initiatives in the industry.

      NEWS

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