Energizing the Pipeline

Developing, validating, scaling, and eventually deploying technologies into the market is no easy feat. That’s why establishing a robust pipeline of technical, business, investment, and partnership resources is essential to supporting early stage entrepreneurial companies as they grow and commercialize their technologies. The Department of Energy, and their 17 national laboratories, are one piece of … More Energizing the Pipeline

Startups, Incubators, and Utilities Convene at Incubatenergy Summer Meeting

The second annual Incubatenergy Network Summer Meeting took place in Los Angeles, August 2-3, bringing together nearly 100 clean energy players including incubators, startups, and utilities. The Incubatenergy Network, a national effort lead by EPRI and NREL, acts as a consortium of clean energy incubators who share best practices, support entrepreneurs, and help facilitate a … More Startups, Incubators, and Utilities Convene at Incubatenergy Summer Meeting

Accelerating Clean Technology Solutions: Inside the Innovation Incubator

The continuing emergence of new and innovative support programs for technology development is reflective of the many challenges associated with commercializing technology. In cleantech especially, being largely hardware focused and capital intensive, the search for the ideal commercialization-focused program mix continues. A recent NREL published white paper examines some of the models and partnership structures … More Accelerating Clean Technology Solutions: Inside the Innovation Incubator

Researchers Becoming Entrepreneurs in Lab-Corps Commercialization Program

The maxim “If you build it, they will come” worked fine in the movie “Field of Dreams” about a mythic ball yard—but it’s not a successful recipe for researchers-turned-entrepreneurs bringing technology to market. “You need to understand where the problems are, and what the needs of the customer are, and then work backward,” says NREL … More Researchers Becoming Entrepreneurs in Lab-Corps Commercialization Program

Clean Energy Innovations Available to Industry

NREL and the other DOE National Laboratories house some of the best and brightest minds in clean tech. Businesses and entrepreneurs can engage with the labs through licensing technologies that have already been developed, by partnering on development of a technology, or through testing and validation of their technology. As an entrepreneur, it can be … More Clean Energy Innovations Available to Industry

Reflections on 2015 Clean Energy Initiatives

2015 was a busy year for our team! We launched 4 new initiatives, grew existing programs, and strived to strengthen our impact on the clean energy ecosystem. Join us as we reflect on our 2015 programs, and look forward to the year ahead. Industry Growth Forum (IGF)  The IGF convened 350 investors and entrepreneurs in Denver, … More Reflections on 2015 Clean Energy Initiatives

6 Energy Efficiency Tech Startups Join Innovation Incubator

This morning, six promising early stage commercial buildings technology companies were announced as the second cohort of the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator, IN2. IN2 is a five-year $10 million program funded through the Wells Fargo Foundation and administered by NREL. The program provides selected companies up to $250,000 in technical and business assistance, in order … More 6 Energy Efficiency Tech Startups Join Innovation Incubator

30 Startups to Present at 2015 Forum

The National Renewable Energy Lab is excited to announce the 30 competitively selected startup companies who will be presenting at the 2015 Industry Growth Forum. The selected companies will pitch their business plans to a panel of investors and industry experts on November 3 and 4th in Denver, Colorado. 2015 Presenting Companies:  Acumentrics/New CO2 Fuels … More 30 Startups to Present at 2015 Forum