Trish Cozart

Trish Cozart

Director - Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center


Trish Cozart is the director of NREL's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center. In this role, Cozart leads a dynamic, externally facing group of program builders, analysts, operations experts, and connectors who collaborate with the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center's network of investors, universities, incubators, and industry. Previously, Cozart spent nine years at NREL leading projects for an application development and analysis team, primarily supporting the U.S. Department of Energy's deployment efforts for alternative fuels and advanced vehicles. During this time, she also led deployment-oriented projects in other areas of the lab including wind, geothermal, solar, buildings, and tech-to-market. Before arriving at NREL in 2009, Cozart co-founded a digital publishing company specializing in audio production and new media for World Heritage Sites. Her basement in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, has served as the birthplace for two startup companies over the last 15 years.

Research Interests

Cleantech investment

Customer discovery

Industry partnerships


Technology commercialization

Technology incubation


M.S., Scientific and Technical Communications, University of Colorado at Denver

Advanced Graduate Certificate, User Experience Design and Development, Rochester Institute of Technology

B.S., Natural Sciences (Zoology), Colorado State University

Featured Work

NREL Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center 2022 Annual Report

Demonstrating Solutions: IN2 Annual Report 2022

GCxN Year in Review 2021

Perspectives From the IN2 Network: State of the Cleantech Landscape

Industry Growth Forum

Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator

Shell Gamechanger Powered by NREL

Chevron Studio

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center

Energy I-Corps

West Gate

Clean Energy Cybersecurity Accelerator

Awards and Honors

Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer: Regional Partnership Award for Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (2019)

U.S. Department of Energy Vehicle Technologies Office Distinguished Achievement Award (2018)