Jim Sledzik Featured on OTC Panel Session – May 7th

Energy Ventures Houston office President and Partner, Jim Sledzik, will be a panelist on an OTC special session this Wednesday, May 7th. The session, entitled “Funding New E&P Technologies” will be held at 2:30 PM in Room 306.

A brief overview of the session is below:

At the end of the day, new technology is only valuable if it can be successfully deployed; and this of course requires operator up-take or ‘pull’. While established service and manufacturing companies supply the bulk of new E&P technology, a number of different organizations provide alternative funding mechanisms. This panel session will examine six (6) ‘funding’ organizations. The presentations and following moderated discussion will cover:

– Present current funding solicitation and evaluation process

– Future technology needs expect to fund over the next ~ 3 years, with funding levels.

– How these have changed from the near past

– The good, bad and ugly of past solicitations – what do prospective awardees need to do well

in the solicitation process to be in the best position to secure funding.

– Lessons learned from previously funded and executed R&D projects – with examples of

projects or seed funding that resulted in commercial success and failure

– Advice and guidance to ‘budding entrepreneurs’ and start-up companies

Session Moderators

Opening introduction and session overview (5 minutes)

  • Art Schroeder, CEO; Energy Valley, Inc.

Keynote address (10 minutes)

  •  Brad Burke, Managing Director; Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship 


  • DeepStar – Greg Kusinski, DeepStar Director and Senior Advisor from Chevron
  • ITF – Paddy O’Brien; CEO
  • Research & Development Corporation – Glenn Janes, CEO
  • RPSEA – James Pappas, VP Ultra-Deepwater
  • Energy Ventures –  Jim Sledzik, Partner and President, Houston Office
  • Statoil Technology Invest – Richard Erskine, Managing Director