Incubating Market-Propelled Entrepreneurial-mindset at the Labs and Beyond (IMPEL+)

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Expert IMPEL+ coaches provide hands-on training to develop the value proposition of early-stage building technologies R&D and its effective communication to nontechnical audiences. IMPEL+ offers a one-day pitch communication workshop in four locations across the country. The goal is to develop well-formulated, confident pitches to use toward next steps for attendees' ideas and/or technology such as pursuing public or private sector funds toward market impact. Learn more.

Lab-Embedded Entrepreneurship Program (LEEP)

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The Lab-Embedded Entrepreneurship Program takes top entrepreneurial scientists and engineers and embeds them within U.S. national laboratories to perform early-stage research and development (R&D) that may lead to the launch of energy or manufacturing businesses in the future. DOE created the Lab-Embedded Entrepreneurship Program to provide an institutional home for innovative postdoctoral researchers to build their research into products and train to be entrepreneurs. Programs are available at Oak Ridge, Berkeley and Argonne National Laboratories. Learn more here.

BTO’s LEEP Teams to date:

DOE Energy I-Corps Program

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The Energy I-Corps Program pairs teams of laboratory researchers with industry mentors for an intensive two-month training where the researchers define technology value propositions, conduct customer discovery interviews, and develop viable market pathways for their technologies. Researchers return to the lab with a framework for industry engagement to guide future research.