Scott Institute for Energy Innovation

Cleantech Open Northeast Director Beth Zonis on innovation and cleantech

February 26, 2019

12:00 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.

5201 Scott Hall


Beth Zonis
Northeast Director
Cleantech Open


Join us over lunch for a Tech Talk by Cleantech Open Northeast Director Beth Zonis. Hosted by Carnegie Mellon University's Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation, Zonis' presentation will focus on innovation and cleantech startups. This event is in partnership with CMU's Center for Technology Transfer and Enterprise Creation.

Lunch will be available at 11:45 a.m. Registration is free.


Beth Zonis has over 25 years of experience in program strategy and management, business development and partnerships, marketing and communications, innovation, and entrepreneurship. She comes to the Cleantech Open after five years at MIT: building the Center of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) in Moscow, as director of communications in the Office of Digital Learning, and as director of Emerging Worlds at the Media Lab where she helped empower innovators in emerging economies to solve critical problems with digital technology. Prior to her work at MIT, Zonia was principal of Eco Marketing, a consulting firm focused on marketing and sustainability. Earlier in her career, she spent 10 years at IBM; in her last role there she was global marketing manager for Site and Facilities Services where she promoted energy-efficient data center solutions. Early in her career, Zonis worked for two IT startups, one of which grew from five employees to over 1000.

As a long-time mentor in the Cleantech Open (since 2009), Zonis is committed to the Cleantech Open mission of advancing cleantech solutions to improve our environment through entrepreneurship. She is a board member of ACTION, the Association of Cleantech Incubators of New England. Outside of work, she plays squash, swims, kayaks and hikes, and enjoys spending time with her family.

Zonis holds a BA, cum laude, from Wellesley College, an MBA from Boston University, a Certificat de Science Politique from Sciences Po in Paris, a Certificate in Sustainable Business from the University of Southern Maine, and a Certificate in Venture Mentoring Services from MIT. She speaks French and Spanish.

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