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About the Innovation Showcase

For startup companies, it’s all about connections. Hosted by NREL's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center, the Innovation Showcase will provide an early look at promising clean technology solutions and companies that are working with or developed at the National Labs. Join us in beautiful Beaver Creek, Colorado for this invitation-only event featuring company presentations, a technology expo, and outdoor networking and activities as we convene the key resources and ecosystem members that early-stage entrepreneurs need for success.

Commercialization Efforts at the National Labs

The Energy Department’s National Lab system supports the transition of innovative clean technologies into the market through several initiatives focused on supporting clean energy entrepreneurship. Learn more about these programs:

Cyclotron Road

Cyclotron Road PhotoCyclotron Road is a home for entrepreneurial researchers to advance energy technologies until they can succeed beyond the research lab. Participants in the program receive a stipend and health benefits for up to two years, access to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and educational events, mentorship, and community focused on hard technology entrepreneurship. Our purpose: support critical technology development and help identify the most suitable business models, partners, and financing mechanisms for long-term impact.



Lab-Corps

Lab-Corps PhotoLab-Corps is a specialized entrepreneurial training program for laboratory researchers aimed at accelerating the transfer of clean energy technologies developed at national laboratories into the commercial marketplace. The program focuses on establishing a set of proven training methods that will equip U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) laboratory scientists with a better understanding of the commercialization process and identifying private sector opportunities.



Small Business Vouchers (SBV) Pilot

SBV GraphicThrough the SBV Pilot, eligible small businesses can tap into the reserve of National Laboratory intellectual and technical assets to overcome critical technology and commercialization challenges. Through 2016, DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is providing up to $20 million in vouchers to help small businesses bring the next generation of clean technologies to market.



Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2)

Wells Fargo PhotoIN2 is a $10 million incubation program for commercial building technologies, funded by the Wells Fargo foundation and co-administered by NREL. Select early stage companies undergo technology incubation and testing at NREL to achieve critical development milestones, and have the potential for a beta test in a real world environment on a building such as a Wells Fargo bank branch.