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Overview


Access Innovation

Access Innovation is a US Department of Energy backed initiative that connects early stage clean energy startups to leading industry and investor partners such as ABB, Comcast, Enel X, PG&E, Schneider, E.ON, Total Energy Ventures, Tesla, and Whole Foods. The goal of Access Innovation is to facilitate partnership outcomes between startups and industry leaders in the form of pilot projects, customer contracts, investment, and acquisition.

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Overview


Access Innovation

Access Innovation is a US Department of Energy backed initiative that connects early stage clean energy startups to leading industry and investor partners such as ABB, Comcast, Enel X, PG&E, Schneider, E.ON, Total Energy Ventures, Tesla, and Whole Foods. The goal of Access Innovation is to facilitate partnership outcomes between startups and industry leaders in the form of pilot projects, customer contracts, investment, and acquisition.

Access Innovation (AI) brings together the world’s leading clean energy startups, industry, and venture partners. To be considered for participation in an AI session, startups, industry, and venture partners must complete a brief questionnaire. Read on for program details or follow a link below to submit your responses.

 
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Introductions & Workshops


Introductions & Workshops

Access Innovation provides direct introductions to startups and industry partners based on specified technology areas of interest. Startup and partner introductions occur via email or through a facilitated in-person meeting at Powerhouse. Workshops feature back-to-back sessions between one industry or investor partner and five startups sourced to match specified areas of interest. Sessions expose partners to cutting-edge innovation and allow startups to build relationships with potential customers and investors.

Introductions & Workshops


Introductions & Workshops

Access Innovation provides direct introductions to startups and industry partners based on specified technology areas of interest. Startup and partner introductions occur via email or through a facilitated in-person meeting at Powerhouse. Workshops feature back-to-back sessions between one industry or investor partner and five startups sourced to match specified areas of interest. Sessions expose partners to cutting-edge innovation and allow startups to build relationships with potential customers and investors.

"Powerhouse is a driving force of disruptive innovation within the Bay Area's energy ecosystem, and its network of early-stage intelligent energy startups is an invaluable source of deal flow for our investment team."

 Andrew Beebe, Managing Director, Obvious Ventures 

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Targeted Technology Events


targeted technology events

Targeted Technology Events connect industry leaders and investors to a wide range of early stage clean energy startups in a speed-pitch format, where each startup and partner are given a brief opportunity to connect. Access Innovation sources startups of interest to participating industry and investor partners. The AI team works with partners customize event format, venue, and featured technologies in addition to capturing outcomes and facilitating follow-on conversations between participants with mutual interest.

Targeted Technology Events


targeted technology events

Targeted Technology Events connect industry leaders and investors to a wide range of early stage clean energy startups in a speed-pitch format, where each startup and partner are given a brief opportunity to connect. Access Innovation sources startups of interest to participating industry and investor partners. The AI team works with partners customize event format, venue, and featured technologies in addition to capturing outcomes and facilitating follow-on conversations between participants with mutual interest.

"Powerhouse Circle provides a wide mix of startups that SunPower would consider partnering with, learning from, working with to become part of our product mix, or referring to other investors in our network."

Suzanne Leta-Liou, Global Market Strategy, SunPower

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Industry Directed Events


Industry Directed events

Industry Directed Events pose technical challenges  to Bay Area technologists and energy professionals. The format includes in-person or virtual hackathons and prize competitions. Prior to each event, the Access Innovation team sources entrepreneurs, developers, and industry professionals to address challenges submitted by the participating partner.

Industry Directed Events


Industry Directed events

Industry Directed Events pose technical challenges  to Bay Area technologists and energy professionals. The format includes in-person or virtual hackathons and prize competitions. Prior to each event, the Access Innovation team sources entrepreneurs, developers, and industry professionals to address challenges submitted by the participating partner.

"My team took first place in a Powerhouse hackathon in 2017, which gave me the validation to pursue my idea full-time. Through Access Innovation, Powerhouse helped me secure my first customer, which is one of the biggest EV companies in the world."

- Jon McKay, Co-Founder & CEO, Nanogrid

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