Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the latest round of cohorts in its Lab-Embedded Entrepreneurship Program (LEEP). The 21 selected innovators will now work with an extensive network of mentors and experts at U.S. national laboratories to develop next-generation technologies that will help to advance the nation to achieve a clean energy future that benefits all Americans.

Through LEEP, some of the nation’s brightest scientists and engineers are embedded within one of four U.S. national laboratories for a two-year fellowship. Throughout their time as LEEP fellows, these innovators will perform critical research and development with the ultimate goal of advancing their technologies from lab to market. This program also supports fellows as they develop their entrepreneurial acumen, preparing them to launch successful energy and manufacturing businesses.

“We have an unwavering resolve to combat the climate crisis and reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. To meet this challenge, the United States must commercialize clean energy innovations at an unprecedented rate,” said Dr. Christopher Saldaña, Director of DOE’s Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Technologies Office (AMMTO). “LEEP equips the nation's brightest energy entrepreneurs with the training, technical resources, and support needed to deploy their solutions at scale and launch successful energy and manufacturing enterprises.”

This year's selectees will participate in a two-year fellowship in the following DOE programs:




Since the program's inception in 2015, 154 LEEP startups have attracted $1.7 billion in follow-on funding and created over 2,200 jobs. Past LEEP innovators have developed breakthrough technologies spanning American industries—and have launched successful U.S. manufacturing companies—that will help accelerate the nation’s clean energy future. 

LEEP is primarily funded by AMMTO within DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). The program is also funded by EERE’s Industrial Efficiency and Decarbonization Office, Building Technologies Office, Solar Energy Technologies Office, and Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office, along with DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management, Office of Electricity, and Office of Science.

Learn more about the Lab-Embedded Entrepreneurship Program.