The January 5th Island School reunion in Boston is coming up fast! We hope you can join us for this all-semester alumni and families gathering, which includes morning exercise, a lecture from CEI's Edd Brooks and the New England Aquarium's John Mandelman, as well as a plastics workshop from Fall 2012 alumni. Please make sure you RSVP to email@example.com! See you then! Happy Holidays!
We love hearing from our alumni, especially when they fill us in on all the interesting things they are doing in their lives post-Island School! Dominique Keefe, alumna of Spring 2007, began working at a clean energy investment start-up in Montreal in July 2012 called Inerjys. As soon as the company's current fundraising phase is complete, they will be investing in two asset classes--growth equity in clean energy technology companies, and project finance in infrastructure projects that actually use those technologies, globally. Dominique explains that the basic idea behind it is that "cleantech investing has been pretty fraught with poor returns and bankruptcies in the last decade, and so we're taking a new approach that we hope will really facilitate the movement of renewable energy into the mainstream market. The purpose of the two asset classes is to give our growth equity portfolio companies revenues and references when they sell their product to a project we are investing in. This helps "de-risk" the technology and makes other investors comfortable with it, leading the way to more projects and deployments, etc." Although Dominique graduated from Barnard College with a degree in biology (and not economics as some may suspect), she is working on building her finance knowledge in order to understand both the tech and financial sides of the company and be able to make sound investment decisions. However, she will still be using her biology background to research biofuels and biomass opportunities for Inerjys.
Congratulations on such a fascinating work opportunity, Dominique! Best of luck to you and your company as the start-up continues to grow.
Although it has been just over a week since the Fall 2012 students returned home from their semester The Island School, that did not stop a group of them from getting together for lunch in Boston this Saturday. Nine members of the F'12 semester from the greater Boston area met up in Harvard Square with Island School's Cam Powel and Hannah Mauck to see some familiar faces and also have the opportunity to talk about all things Island School. Welcome back! We hope to see you all at the January 5th reunion! Make sure to RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.