Innovation and Entrepreneurship News

Read the latest updates from NREL's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center.

Dec. 5, 2023

Why the New GCxN Cohort Is Just the Start

This fall, Shell and NREL agreed to extend the GCxN program for another five years, providing another 30 startup companies with access to $250,000 in nondilutive funding to conduct technical assistance projects.

Nov. 14, 2023

15 Years In, Energy Execs Program Participants Keep Making a Difference

The Executive Energy Leadership Academy program at NREL, also known as Energy Execs, invites executives interested in learning more about advanced energy and energy efficiency technologies to NREL repeatedly over the course of several months.

Oct. 11, 2023

West Gate Cohort 2 Entrepreneurs Aim To Raise the Bar

For its second cohort, West Gate chose three innovators—Lisa Morey, Yaman Peksenar, Pilanda Watkins-Curry—working to make major changes in several industries to help the world transition to clean energy.

Sept. 29, 2023

Solar Data Bounty Prize Stage 1 Finalists Selected

On Oct. 2, the DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office announced seven Stage 1 finalists for the American-Made Solar Data Bounty Prize, with each team receiving a $5,000 cash prize. The seven teams will now move on to Stage 2 to compete for part of $1.4 million in cash prizes.

Sept. 11, 2023

First Clean Energy Cybersecurity Accelerator Cohort Looks Back and Ahead

Three companies recently completed the inaugural cohort of the Clean Energy Cybersecurity Accelerator (CECA): Sierra Nevada Corporation, Blue Ridge Networks, and Xage Security.

May 16, 2023

Industry Growth Forum 2023: Faster, Smarter, More Connected

In its 28th year, the IGF is the premier event for cleantech entrepreneurs, investors, and partners from industry and the public sector to build relationships, showcase innovative technologies, and identify disruptive business solutions.

March 29, 2023

FLOWIN Forward: Nine Teams Advance to Phase Two of the First Wind Energy Prize

The first NREL-administered, three-phase floating offshore wind energy prize has named nine Phase One winners, kicking off Phase Two.

Feb. 23, 2023

News Release: 2023 NREL Industry Growth Forum Presenters Set To Pitch to Interested Cleantech Investors

NREL announced the list of 40 presenters for the 2023 NREL Industry Growth Forum (IGF). The selected companies represent a wide range of clean and sustainable technology startups from around the world.

Feb. 8, 2023

Leveraging NREL All-Electric HVAC Technology, Blue Frontier Earns $20 Million Development Boost

Bolstered by technologies developed at NREL, startup company Blue Frontier earned $20 million from the Bill Gates-funded Breakthrough Energy Ventures.

Jan. 19, 2023

IN² Demonstration: Getting V2G Good To Go

For its 10th cohort, the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN²) formed an all-demonstration group where each participant would scope and perform a demonstration of their technologies. The key part of NineDot Energy's success is understanding the time and place to improve the grid. During the past summer, NineDot Energy installed a demonstration of its vehicle-to-grid (V2G) charging system in Brooklyn, New York.


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