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Progression 2024 announces new date, featured speaker & U.S. Senate Candidate Caroline Gleich, and the RSM US Future of Clean Energy Investing panelists

Los Angeles, CA — The venture capital events company Progression has announced June 13th, 2024 as the new official date for its inaugural conference, Progression 2024. In partnership with the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team, the event will be held at the USANA Center of Excellence in Park City, UT. Progression’s purpose, the company’s website states, is to “identify the most innovative companies in the VC landscape that align with advancing a non-profit’s core mission.” Progression 2024 has partnered with the non-profit Protect Our Winters (POW) and the Rocky Mountain Venture Capital Association (RMVCA) to highlight startups in the process of fundraising that have the potential to make significant progress in POW’s fight against climate

In addition, Progression 2024 is excited to announce Caroline Gleich, U.S. Senate Candidate (D-UT), professional ski mountaineer, and climate activist, as a featured speaker at the event. Caroline has spent her career as a professional ski mountaineer advocating for climate action and, as a candidate for U.S. Senate, it leads her list of priorities. When the Progression 2024 team asked Caroline to be a featured speaker at the event she enthusiastically agreed, stating that, “protecting our air, our water, and our public lands is going to take a movement, which is why I’m so excited to be a part of Progression 2024.”

Progression 2024 also recently revealed the three panlists that will serve on the event’s Future of Clean Energy Investing Panel presented by RSM US: Jam Attari, Kirsten Suddath, and Tom Georgis. Jam has spent over 15 years working in renewable energy and currently serves as the Managing Partner of Pathway Power. Kirsten is a General Partner at the venture capital firm, Next Frontier Capital, where she focuses on their climate-oriented investments. Lastly, Tom formerly served as the CEO of Solar Reserve, where he oversaw a development portfolio of 3000 MWs in the United States, and currently is the Managing Director of the University of Utah’s Energy Accelerator.

Over the next few weeks, the RMVCA and the Progression 2024 Selection Committee will work together to help POW identify six final companies to present at Progression 2024. Furthermore, the RMVCA is helping to invite relevant investors to the Park City conference, giving the presenting companies an opportunity to make meaningful fundraising connections. As RMVCA Executive Director, Nanette Schunk, explained, “Protect Our Winters’ mission has particular importance in our region where the Rocky Mountains are at the heart of our economy and lifestyle. We’re thrilled to support POW in bringing top startups and investors to Park City for a top notch event.”

Finally, in partnership with Founders N’ Funders, a Utah-based networking group, and High West Distillery, an awarded whiskey distillery located in Park City, Progression 2024 will feature a post-pitch dinner and networking reception. This will provide an opportunity for attendees at the event to interact further and to engage in fundraising conversations with the presenting founders. While the event is entirely free for attendees, registration is limited and closes on June 7th, 2024.