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Overview


Access Innovation

Access Innovation is a Powerhouse-led and US Department of Energy backed initiative that connects clean energy startups with industry leaders such as ABB, Comcast, E.ON, Enel, PG&E, Schneider Electric, Tesla, Total, and Whole Foods. The goal of the program is to facilitate partnership oucomes in the form of pilot projects, customer contracts, investment, and eventually acquisition.

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Overview


Access Innovation

Access Innovation is a Powerhouse-led and US Department of Energy backed initiative that connects clean energy startups with industry leaders such as ABB, Comcast, E.ON, Enel, PG&E, Schneider Electric, Tesla, Total, and Whole Foods. The goal of the program is to facilitate partnership oucomes in the form of pilot projects, customer contracts, investment, and eventually acquisition.

Powerhouse is seeking the country's leading clean energy startups, industry, and venture partners to participate in Access Innovation. To formally express interest in Access Innovation,  potential participants must complete a brief questionnaire. Read on for program details or follow a link to submit your responses.

 
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Introductions & Workshops


Introductions & Workshops

Questionnaire data is used to match partners and startups for one-on-one introductions and five-on-one workshops. One-on-one introductions occur remotely or in-person at Powerhouse. Five-on-one workshops feature five startups building technological solutions of interest to an industry or investor partner. Sessions expose partners to cutting-edge innovation and allow startups to build relationships with potential customers and investors. 

Introductions & Workshops


Introductions & Workshops

Questionnaire data is used to match partners and startups for one-on-one introductions and five-on-one workshops. One-on-one introductions occur remotely or in-person at Powerhouse. Five-on-one workshops feature five startups building technological solutions of interest to an industry or investor partner. 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 early stage clean energy startups in a speed pitch format. The Access Innovation team recruits 8-15 startups of interest to participating industry and investor partners. The team works with each partner to customize all aspects of the event including format, venue, and featured technologies.

Targeted Technology Events


targeted technology events

Targeted Technology Events connect industry leaders and investors to early stage clean energy startups in a speed pitch format. The Access Innovation team recruits 8-15 startups of interest to participating industry and investor partners. The team works with each partner to customize all aspects of the event including format, venue, and featured technologies.

"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."

- Patrick Sheehan, Co-Founder & CEO, Nanogrid

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