About the Forum
The Midwest Energy Forum is the premier conference for researchers, industry leaders, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, policymakers and others interested in innovation and growth within the energy and green technology sectors in the Midwest. In its fifth iteration, the forum allows various stakeholders to share new and exciting innovations in this rapidly growing field and highlights the innovative ideas being developed between the two coasts.
The Midwest Energy Forum hosts many prestigious speakers and panelists, including scientific experts from the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory, energy industry leaders, and officials of various energy-related government entities from across the United States.
In 2007, the Midwest Energy Forum was created with the goal of establishing a community among alternative energy technology companies and investors throughout the Midwest region. In many ways, this goal has been accomplished, and this community has given rise to new non-profit organizations whose chief mission is to serve as a connector between clean tech companies and investors. This has allowed the MEF to expand its mission to be that of a knowledge-sharing forum for the burgeoning energy and clean-tech community in the Midwest. To reflect this expanded focus, the Forum’s leadership within the University of Chicago has also changed.
Beginning in 2013, steering committee leadership of the Midwest Energy Forum is transitioning from the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship to the Energy Policy Institute at Chicago (EPIC), a joint initiative of the Chicago Booth School of Business and Chicago Harris School of Public Policy with a broad concentration on energy issues. Along with EPIC, the steering committee is made up of a distinguished group of supporters in the Chicagoland area, including the Michael P. Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the Association for Corporate Growth - Chicago, the Energy Foundry, and the National Alliance for Advanced Battery Technologies. These organizations, and the others that have partnered with them, are committed to highlighting the exciting developments in energy and clean technology that continue to stream out of the Midwest.