Programs

The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (IEC) develops technology incubation programs and other solutions for public and private partners to solve environmental challenges, provide cutting-edge and de-risked solutions to meet sustainability goals, and bolster innovation.

Our proven model can be adapted to meet specific needs and leverage the world-class facilities and expertise of NREL and our partners.

Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator

Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2) supports startups that work in commercial buildings, affordable housing, and sustainable agriculture technologies with product development and validation at NREL and the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center.

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Shell GameChanger Accelerator Powered by NREL

Shell Gamechanger AcceleratorTM Powered by NREL (GCxN) provides cleantech startups with access to NREL's world-class research and facilities, along with the incubation expertise of the Shell GameChanger program.

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Chevron Studio

Chevron Studio links entrepreneurs with national laboratories and universities to scale up and commercialize innovative, early-stage technologies that have the potential to enable a lower-carbon future.

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Energy I-Corps

Energy I-Corps is an entrepreneurial business training program for research teams from the national laboratories that have technologies that may be ready for commercialization. This program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Technology Transitions.

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West Gate

West Gate supports promising innovators as they develop technology concepts into startups that are primed for growth. Selected innovators are equipped with funding, entrepreneurial training, and technical assistance to speed their commercialization efforts.

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Clean Energy Cybersecurity Accelerator

The Clean Energy Cybersecurity AcceleratorTM (CECA) offers a visionary path to accelerate cyber innovation for modern, renewable energy technologies around high-priority cybersecurity risks to the energy sector.

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Canadian Technology Assistance Program

Canadian startups pitch their tech to NREL experts and are awarded technical assistance hours with NREL scientists.


Small Business Program

Small Business Program connects NREL with small and disadvantaged businesses that offer the goods and services needed for the lab to operate.


NREL Commercialization Assistance Program

The Commercialization Assistance Program connects emerging cleantech companies with NREL's scientists, engineers, and facilities to answer specific technology questions.

American-Made Challenges

In addition to the partnership programs above, the IEC assists with the American-Made Challenges competition, which accelerates manufacturing for the U.S. domestic energy industry. This competition offers awards in numerous energy innovation technologies that feature domestic manufacturing.

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