The NREL Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (IEC) brings economically viable cleantech innovations to market. We serve our private and public funding partners by leveraging the capabilities at NREL and other labs and activating and connecting our network of cleantech startups, investors, foundations, and industry partners.

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A Year of Monumental Growth

IEC tech incubation programs doubled in Fiscal Year 2022.

Learn more in the Fiscal Year 2022 IEC Annual Report

Through the IEC, you can join forces with one of our successful programs, or work with us to design a technology incubation or entrepreneurial development program of your own. Let's work to solve your most pressing energy and environmental challenges with the world's best technologists and innovators.

Contact us for more information.

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We build lasting relationships with key, relevant, and emerging entrepreneurs, investors, and industry partners, including foundations, in the cleantech ecosystem.

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We create technology incubation programs and solutions that address the gaps preventing innovations from getting to market and preventing market growth.

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We design opportunities to connect entrepreneurs, investors, and industry partners, including foundations, with relevant technologies and innovation markets.