On October 6-7, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) convened 120 members of the clean energy ecosystem for the inaugural Innovation Showcase in Beaver Creek, Colorado. With representatives from Fortune 500 companies, top investment firms, nationally recognized incubators, and a diversity of clean technology researchers and entrepreneurs-- the connections and conversations occurring during the event were evidence of a strong innovation pipeline and eagerness to support new clean technologies as they commercialize into the market. We look forward to seeing continued relationship building and partnerships that develop as a result of the event.
NREL Innovation Showcase Helps Move Start-ups Closer to MarketThrough several programs at numerous Department of Energy (DOE) National Labs, researchers are working with clean technology entrepreneurs on the innovative technologies that will shape our nation's clean energy future; but this type of big thinking extends far beyond the research lab. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is focused on ensuring that nascent technologies make it out of the lab and into the marketplace where they can have real-world impacts.
To this end, early in October, NREL invited more than 120 targeted investors, incubators, entrepreneurs, and industry partners to gather in Beaver Creek, Colo., to hear about the latest cleantech innovations and help accelerate their path to market. NREL's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (IEC) hosted the inaugural Innovation Showcase, convening key players in an intimate setting with a goal of sparking "next steps," conversations. The Beaver Creek meeting provided a relaxed and open environment conducive to focused interactions. Activities included targeted presentations by 17 entrepreneurs developing technologies at or in partnership with the national labs; followed by feedback and suggestions from investors and incubators, technology demonstrations, and multiple networking opportunities.