Power Connectors, utilized by some prize programs, are deeply involved with prize program execution, recruitment, and support. These organizations are contracted yearly to perform a variety of tasks for specific prizes that advance program successes—extending the reach and improving the diversity and inclusivity of the Network overall. Power Connectors may also assist with other innovative DOE programs based on program needs.
Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Power Connectors
Las Cruces, NM
Arrowhead Center at New Mexico State University
Arrowhead Center (Arrowhead) is New Mexico State University’s (NMSU) technology transfer office, innovation/entrepreneurship center, and economic development engine. Arrowhead supports a cradle-to-career pipeline, providing education and support to entrepreneurs across NM. Startup accelerators, mentor networks, and funding/technical assistance programs connect Arrowhead with clients across geographical locations.
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Browning the Greenspace
Browning the Green Space (BGS) is a nonprofit coalition of leaders and organizations that share the passion to advance Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in clean energy. We seek to facilitate a just energy transition by putting Black and Brown communities first, and enabling systems change at the intersection of social, environmental, and economic justice.Network with BGS
Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida
NHSSF is excited to be part of the clean energy revolution, through participation in the American Made Challenge, as a Power Connector. This opportunity aligns with our newest program to advance Renewables, Energy Efficiency and Resiliency as we play our part in the revolution while advancing the needs of our customers and the communities we serve.Network with NHSSF
Additional Power Connectors
San Francisco, CA
ADL Ventures is a venture consulting firm dedicated to commercializing infrastructure and energy technologies in legacy sectors, including energy, the built environment, and transportation. ADL specializes in building startups through technology spin-outs from major market players, as well as spinning in new technologies to help clients take on complex challenges and new markets.Network with ADL
San Pedro, CA
Blue Power Connectors is led by Braid Theory, a venture advisory firm that supports deep technology companies in the blue economy. Ocean Exchange, an international platform that funds solutions for healthy oceans and resilient supply chains, and DNV, a recognized advisor for the energy and maritime industries, complete the team
CMU – Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation
The Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation serves as the hub for energy and climatetech innovation and research at Carnegie Mellon University. We address the world’s most pressing energy challenges by enabling collaborative research, strategic partnerships, entrepreneurship and education. Through our partnerships, mentoring, and programming, we encourage the development of breakthrough technologies that will accelerate the transition to a sustainable, low-carbon energy future.Network with CMU
Ensemble is an open innovation company. Our services design, launch, and manage impactful incentive contests, grand prize challenges, hackathons, on-demand talent programs, and machine learning competitions. We help teams co-create valuable solutions, collaborate with talented innovators, and invent new technology.
FORGE is a 501(c)3 nonprofit on a mission to help innovators on the journey from physical prototype to commercialization and impact at scale. We do this with a unique focus on manufacturing support, resources, and interventions - preparing innovators to manufacture and then making right-fit connections to the regional supply chain.Network with FORGE
LabStart (formerly Canvas Innovations)
LabStart matches entrepreneurs with researchers to launch climate tech startups from innovative lab technologies. Our mission is to accelerate the deployment of high-impact, early-stage innovations to fight climate change. We accomplish this mission by helping entrepreneurs bring more climate tech innovations to market.Network with LabStart
New Energy Nexus
New Energy Nexus (NEX) is a global nonprofit supporting diverse climate entrepreneurs to accelerate the transition to 100% clean energy for 100% of the population. New Energy Nexus provides funds, accelerators and networks to drive climate tech innovation and adoption.
VentureWell is a non-profit supporting the cultivation of an emerging generation of science and technology inventors and the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems that are critical to their success. Since 1995, VentureWell has funded or trained 13,500+ science and technology innovators resulting in 2,300+ startups that have raised $2.6B+ in funding.Network with VentureWell
yet2 is an Open Innovation services company and trusted partner with expertise harnessing OI to ignite innovation. Leveraging a network of affiliates, a proprietary database of several million startups and solution providers, and our global reach, yet2 scouts cutting-edge companies and technology beyond the reach of most clients.Network with yet2
Original Power Connectors
Clean Energy Business Network
CEBN works to enhance opportunities for small- and mid-size clean energy technology and service providers through policy support, market and technology education, and business development assistance.Network with CEBN
San Francisco, CA
EFN is a global non-profit based in the San Francisco Bay Area that is dedicated to helping organizations and individuals worldwide to tap the power of entrepreneurial mentoring, networks and training.Network with EFN
Florida Solar Energy Center Energy Research Center (FSEC-ERC) is the state’s premier energy research center. Its mission aims to research and develop energy technologies that enhance Florida’s and the nation’s economy and environment and to educate the public, students, and practitioners on the results of the research.
Greentown Labs aims to be a supportive, collaborative, and inspiring community for early-stage entrepreneurs to grow their businesses. Their members, partners, and staff are united by a common mission: solving the climate crisis through entrepreneurship and collaboration.Network with Greentown Labs
Silver Spring, MD
Nation of Makers
Nation of Makers is a coalition of diverse organizations that are working together to support the maker community through community building, resource sharing, and advocacy.Network with Nation of Makers
University of Arizona Center for Innovation
The University of Arizona Center for Innovation (UACI) creates the place, environment and interactive ground that generates, attracts, and retains technology companies and talent in alignment with the research, mission, and goals of the university.Network with UACI