The Innovation Showcase: A Sneak Peek at Transformative Innovations

Last week, NREL’s Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center convened a dynamic audience in Eagle County to network and meet rising innovators with promising early-stage technologies who are leveraging national laboratories to further develop their product solutions on their path to market. … More The Innovation Showcase: A Sneak Peek at Transformative Innovations

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Funding Resources for Cleantech Entrepreneurs

we know that securing funding for early-stage cleantech startups is hard. The Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center (IEC) was born from the need to help bridge the gaps among startups, investors, and technical expertise. With that mission in mind, here are five (mostly) early-stage funding resources for energy entrepreneurs: … More Funding Resources for Cleantech Entrepreneurs

Inside Energy I-Corps: Prototype to Product

This week, the 7th Cohort of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Energy I-Corps accelerator celebrated graduation from the program near the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) headquarters in Golden, Colorado. With Cohort 7 wrapping up, we talked to Team PureBeam’s Industry Mentor, Jeff Margolis of Innovation Strategies Consulting, and Entrepreneurial Lead, Brendan Kiburg of … More Inside Energy I-Corps: Prototype to Product

30th Industry Growth Forum: Highlights and a Bright Outlook

Did you attend the Industry Growth Forum? Tell us about your experience! “The Industry Growth Forum is a great gathering of innovators who are working to solve some of the biggest problems that the world is facing today.” -Agnes Dasewicz Rockefeller Foundation Fellow and Former Director of Private Capital and Microenterprise USAID How do we … More 30th Industry Growth Forum: Highlights and a Bright Outlook

Connection, Collaboration, and Community: Navigating the Valley of Death

Innovation and entrepreneurship are tricky things to define. Their scope ranges across a huge array of industries, fields of study, and an even larger array of people and organizations. Each of those organizations, industries, and individuals may have varying definitions of what innovation and entrepreneurship means for them. At the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (IEC), … More Connection, Collaboration, and Community: Navigating the Valley of Death

The 30th Industry Growth Forum At a Glance

With just one month to go, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL’s) 30th Industry Growth Forum (IGF) has shaped up to be the most exciting to date! On May 3rd and 4th, 30 cleantech companies will take the stage to unveil topics ranging from blockchain to batteries. The presenters are pioneering technologies and business models on … More The 30th Industry Growth Forum At a Glance

NREL Innovation & Entrepreneurship: A Brief History

As an applied research facility in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratory system, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) looks beyond fundamental research to investigate and understand how the technologies developed here impact the marketplace and serve the real world. This focus sharpened for the Lab in 2008, through the DOE’s open bid … More NREL Innovation & Entrepreneurship: A Brief History

Reflecting on 2017

As the sun sets on the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL’s) 40th year, the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center (IEC) has much to reflect on and look forward to. New and revamped programs, unforgettable events, a solar eclipse, and a growing IEC team have made 2017 electrifying. To highlight just a few memorable moments: April marked … More Reflecting on 2017