The Electric Power Research Institute recently convened a meeting in Washington, DC of the Clean Energy Incubator Network, a national organization created with $2.3 million in funding by EPRI, the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to support clean energy entrepreneurs and incubators around the country.
The collaborative network will establish a suite of technological and training resources, connect critical industry and energy sector participants, enhance incubator best practices, and increase access to information about industry resources to advance innovative clean energy technologies. It will coordinate clean energy-focused business incubators, and provide online and technical resources to support the innovators and entrepreneurs.
The network’s initial members are the University of Texas-based Austin Technology Incubator (ATI), Clean Energy Trust (CET) of Chicago and NextEnergy in Detroit, and the LA Cleantech Incubator (LACI) in California. These incubators form the core group, serving as the foundation for the network as it grows to include additional members. They will facilitate access to mentors for clean energy entrepreneurs and provide guidance in business development, capital access, best practices and manufacturing support.
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