Initiate Schedule - December 16
Utility of the Future: How the Power Sector is Embracing Open Innovation
During these unprecedented times as people are working from home, consumers need reliable electricity. Combined with other macro factors, the power industry is under increased pressure to provide reliable, clean energy while giving consumers choice and insights. The industry has been rapidly adopting a model of open innovation to meet these heightened consumer and regulatory demands. Plug and Play will facilitate a discussion with leading power companies to discuss their innovation strategies and how they effectively work with startups.
Alan Bates, New Ventures Manager, Alabama Power
Brock Smith, Managing Director, Evergy Ventures
Corporate Venture – Accelerating Cleantech Innovation
Where cleantech startups are concerned, the VC train has left the station. Clean-energy entrepreneurs seeking to save the world should look elsewhere. Increasingly, utilities and corporate investors are stepping in to provide cleantech startups with funding and market opportunities through the infamous valley of death. Individually and collectively, through coalitions like Energy Impact Partners, these investors are seeking innovative technologies and business models that will provide them with competitive advantages in the clean-energy transition.
Initiate Final 8 Start-up Companies:
Resilient Power Systems, Inc
Technology Focus: Electric vehicle, Smart grid, Transformers
Electrik App, Inc.
Technology Focus: API provider, Data Mining, Marketplace services