Danny Kennedy is the CEO of New Energy Nexus, connecting entrepreneurs everywhere to capital to build an abundant clean energy economy that benefits all. New Energy Nexus is a global platform organization for funds and incubators, with chapters in the USA, China, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines, Uganda, Nigeria and India. He oversees the CalSEED.fund of $35m for very early-stage companies driving innovation and building equity in the California economy plus the $12m CalTestBed initiative with the University of California, Office of the President. He is an adviser to Young Greentech Entrepreneurs in China with the Asia Society and is Chair of the Board of Third Derivative, a joint-venture with RMI building the world’s largest climatetech accelerator.
Kennedy co-founded Sungevity in 2007, the company that created remote solar design, and Powerhouse, an incubator and fund in Oakland, CA. He was the first backer of Mosaic in 2011, the $3B solar loan provider, and remains on the Board of Powerhive, a solar mini-utility in Kenya. He was a founding Director of Sunergise, the solar-as-a-service business out of Fiji and the EnergyLab Australia. He is also a Director of the non-profit Epic Institute and adviser to the company Solar Philippines. Kennedy authored Rooftop Revolution: How Solar Power Can Save Our Economy – and Our Planet – from Dirty Energy in 2012. He has a forthcoming Audible Original podcast with Cate Blanchett called Climate of Change to be released in April 2022. Prior to being an entrepreneur and investor, he worked at Greenpeace and other NGOs on climate & energy from 1989.