Smart Wires Reimagine the Grid
Modern electrical grid station
Seed investment, Co-founded, CFO. From lab to the field in 11 months

Zenergy Power
Lightning flashes at Zenergy power station
Co-founded. Seed inv. $300M public Mkt cap 30 months from founding
Carbon Flow
Screenshot of press release announcing Carbon Flow
Cofounded. CEO, carbon SaaS platform with DNV, SGS, UN
Cleantech BLog
Screenshot of Cleantech blog syndicated by CNET and The London Times
Syndicated by CNET, and named a 50 Best Business Blog globally by the London Times alongside TechCrunch and Freakonomics

Jane Capital Partners
Old Growth Ventures
Zenergy Power
Texas A&M

Neal Dikeman


houston, Texas

Neal is a venture capitalist and serial entrepreneur with 9+ startups under his belt, and one of the best seed-stage hit rates in cleantech. Neal helped launch the CVC fund at Royal Dutch Shell, co-founded 7 tech startups, and co-founded Jane Capital Partners a leading cleantech investor whose seed investees raised over $400M.

  • Old Growth Ventures (TX) – Managing Partner of family office backed real estate partnership Historic Preservation Fund I.
  • Royal Dutch Shell (TX) - Hired to lead N. America VC arm of Shell’s $400M venture fund. Investor Magseis (IPO Oslo), Salamander (Spinout), Geli (Storage software, Acq by Hanwha Q Cells), Launched and led Shell’s $100M spinout fund.
  • Jane Capital Partners (SF) – co-founder at age 25. Seed investor in Zenergy, (IPO LSE), Block Shield (IPO LSE), Smart Wires. Advisor to $1B+ in corporate venture capital at ConocoPhillips, Meridian Energy, Shell, Macquarie Bank.

Neal has co-founded 7 startups from energy to SaaS, variously held CEO, VP, CFO, and Chairman roles, including smart grid startups Smart Wires, where he was also CFO of the modular power flow controls startup; and Zenergy Power, a superconducting smart grid technology (IPO). He also launched a solar IPP for Meridian that built one of the 1st utility-scale solar farms in the US.

He began his career in private equity, and at Bankers Trust in energy, before learning startup investing at the parent company behind Yellowpages.com (Acq by AT&T). Neal maintains one of the largest networks in the sector.

He founded and operates Cleantech.org, and has been cited on energy in 100s of publications from Time Magazine to the WSJ. In 2018 he took time off to run for US Senate from TX against Beto O’Rourke and Ted Cruz, winning the Libertarian Party Nomination, and nearly upsetting the race. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Texas A&M.

Craig Lawrence has served in venture capital, engineering, product, and executive roles across his 25 year career.

Craig led energy investing at leading Silicon Valley venture fund Accel Partners during the heart of the “first wave” of cleantech venture capital. During that period, Accel had one of the highest success rates in cleantech of any major Silicon Valley VC, investing in early stage cleantech companies, with exits from SunRun (NASDAQ: RUN), now the leading residential solar provider in the US, and OPower (NYSE: OPWR, acquired by NYSE:ORCL), the leading energy efficiency software and service provider to utilities.

Craig has held senior executive roles at leading companies driving the energy transition, including Vice President of Products at energy analytics software startup Treverity, Vice President of Product Management and Marketing at SolarBridge Technologies - one of the leading residential solar inverter manufacturers (acquired by NASDAQ:SPWR), and General Manager of Residential Solar at SunEdison, one of the pioneers in solar project development and financing.

Craig began his career as a design engineer, and then served as a Practice Lead at IDEO, a global design, engineering and innovation firm helping clients across multiple industries launch innovative products and services. Craig created and led IDEO’s energy practice, advising many of the leading energy tech startups on their product launches.  Craig is an inventor on patents ranging from portable fuel cells to office furniture. Craig holds a B.S. in Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, and an M.S. and Ph.D. from Stanford University.


Led product management for the world’s first high volume AC module, acquired by SunPower (NASDAQ: SPWR)

Over $250M in sales


Industrial Design at IDEO for Bloombox, the world’s best selling fuel cell product

Over $1B sales, IPO (NYSE: BE)


Industrial Design at IDEO for Bloombox, the world’s best selling fuel cell product

Over $1B sales, IPO (NYSE: BE)