Incubating Market-Propelled Entrepreneurial-Mindset at the Labs and Beyond

What is IMPEL+

IMPEL+, Incubating Market-Propelled Entrepreneurial-Mindset at the Labs and Beyond, is a program funded by U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office (BTO), and implemented by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab).

The IMPEL+ vision is to integrate market-oriented skillsets with the advanced scientific thinking at the national labs, academic and research institutions, and small businesses in order to focus early stage building technologies R&D on industry gaps, and catalyze it towards private sector engagement and impact. This building technologies-focused program seeks to bridge gaps between upstream R&D and market needs.

Become an IMPEL+ Innovator

IMPEL+ is offering unique, one-day training workshops to building technologies aficionados from DOE national labs, Building Technologies Office (BTO) staff and fellows, BTO’s non-lab awardees such as Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR), Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) and Federal Opportunity Announcement (FOA) awardees, and university students affiliated with BTO's programs such as Solar Decathlon and JUMP into STEM.

Expert coaches will provide hands-on training to develop more effective communication of the value proposition of their early-stage building technologies R&D to non-technical audiences and drive towards market impact.

The goal of the workshops will be for participants to develop well-formulated, confident pitches to use towards next steps for their idea and/or technology or even to pursue public or private sector funds, depending on interest.


The IMPEL+ Innovators will gain a great opportunity to develop and present their value communication pitches, engage with expert coaches, discover a deeper understanding of market considerations as well as have access to building technologies-focused resource guides.

Definition of Success

Selected IMPEL+ participants will be given the opportunity to pitch at a final wide-exposure IMPEL+ Showcase Event during the BTO Peer Review in Washington DC.

Attend the Kickoff Webinar

We will be holding a noon seminar at the main LBNL campus on October 21, 2019. Bring your lunch and meet our team and coaches to see if this program is a good fit for your idea.

Seminar Details:

October 21, 2019, 12:00 - 1:00pm Pacific Time

LBNL Building 90, Room 3122

Remote Participants:

Webinar link:

Telephone: +1 669 900 6833

Meeting ID: 435 546 213

Applications Open Now

Now accepting applications for Fall 2019 – Spring 2020 workshops.

Click here to learn more and apply.