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    by Angie Chang

    Alexis Ringwald in Japan: Talking Cleantech, Women and Startups

    By Alexis Ringwald (Co-Founder, Valence Energy; acquired by Serious Energy)

    I stood in front of the auditorium at Tohoku University, Japan’s MIT, in Sendai —- a few miles from the epicenter of recent devastation. I was the first American embassy speaker to visit the region since the tragedy. It was hot, and I was sweating.

    Nearly six months earlier, the U.S. Embassy in Japan had invited me, as a young female entrepreneur, to give a series of lectures to university and young professional audiences, particularly women, on “cleantech innovations and entrepreneurship.” This was before the country’s sudden impact by a natural disaster and concomitant nuclear leak at the Fukushima plant in March 2011.