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Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN²)

The Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2) is a $30 million program that facilitates the commercialization and adoption of clean energy and agriculture technologies.

IN2 is positioned to help companies think about their end customer, providing funding and technical assistance that leverages the capabilities, facilities, equipment, and deep expertise that exists at NREL and the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center.

IN2 is invitation-only, relying on referrals from more than 40 channel partners to source applicants. Through a competitive and diligent review process, select early-stage companies are formally invited into the program where they receive up to $250,000 in technical assistance from the laboratory and project-related support. Over the course of 9–24 months, participating companies have access to NREL or Danforth Center’s world-class facilities and researchers, who will test, validate, and incubate the companies’ technologies to help them meet critical validation milestones on the path to commercialization.

Once a technology is tested and validated through the IN2 program, beta testing may be pursued on a Wells Fargo facility or with a strategic program partner. 

Current participating IN2 portfolio companies listed below:

Round 1 Companies:

  • VG SmartGlass
  • LiquidCool Solutions
  • Whisker Labs
  • Energy Storage Systems

Round 2 Companies:

  • 7AC Technologies
  • Heliotrope
  • ThermoLift
  • NETenergy
  • Polyceed
  • Go Electric

Round 3 Companies:

  • Software Motor Company
  • PowerFlex Systems
  • simuwatt
  • Ibis Networks
  • Maalka
  • Geli
  • EdgePower
  • Transformative Wave
  • J2 Innovations

Round 4 Companies:

  • 75F
  • Ladybug Tools
  • Next Energy Technologies, Inc.
  • UbiQD
  • Yotta Solar

Learn more about the program in the 2018 Annual Report or visit the IN2 website.