IMPEL+ Innovators are entrepreneurs and small businesses, National Lab, Government or Non-profit experts, or Faculty and Graduate Students working in the built environment space such as engineering, architecture, urban design, facilities and real estate, healthy buildings, energy services, microgrids, data science, and other applicable areas. Innovators come to the IMPEL+ workshops with a project, technology, program, or idea to pitch.

IMPEL+ provides value to Innovators in at least three critical areas:

1. World-class pitch coaching: Expert Silicon Valley Coaches provide dynamic guidance using interactive tailored exercises, on-camera training, and live professional critique for Innovators to develop roadmaps and value proposition for critical audiences

2. Growing Innovators' networks: Develop sustainable relationships between building entrepreneurs, industry and manufacturing collaborators, professionals, and national labs.

3. Gaining access to incubation opportunities: Workshop participants will have twin pipelines of access to strategic stakeholders that could help selected Innovators spin out or hand off their technologies. This is specifically designed to de-risk earlier stage technologies by leveraging public sector funding and validation, and as possible, private funding.

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See Past Innovators:

Link to 2020 IMPEL+ Innovators

Link to 2019 IMPEL+ Innovators

2021 IMPEL+ Innovators

March 12 Workshop

AJ Rossman

Managing DirectorSmart Resource Labs
Project: SRLink Independent DataLayer Services

Anna Dai

CEO and Co-FounderVarea
Project: Holistic Utility Management Solution (HUMS)

Bilal Sher

Masters StudentNYU
Project: Automated Building Envelope Defect Detector

Christian Warren

President and CEOMidflare Corp.
Project: HBCU / Small University Sustainability

Daniel Fenter

System IntegratorMatheson
Project: Cryogenic Energy Storage

James Grieve

Co-Founder and CTOMicroEra Power, Inc.
Project: Smart Thermal Energy Storage for Efficient, Flexible, Decarbonized Buildings (THERMAplus)

Jerry Roane

CEORoane Inventions Inc.
Project: 3D Printed Homes

Josh Cable

Project: Revolutionary MettleWood as a Structural Steel Replacement

Jonathan Bean

Assistant Professor, University of Arizona Joint Appointee, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Project: SunBlock

Mark Randall

Chief Operating OfficerMidflare Corp.
Project: Solar-Generating Facility Development

Reshma Singh

Program DirectorLawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Project: I-SPACE for intelligent workplaces

Robert Baxter

Founder and Chief Technology OfficerCBC, LLC
Project: Building Mounted Storm Resilient High Production Wind Energy Structure

Ryan Tinsley

Research TechnicianCold Climate Housing Research Center - National Renewable Energy Lab
Project: New Iglu: Building Opportunities

Smita Chandra Thomas

Founder and PrincipalEnergy Shrink, LLC
Project: Efficient together/neighbors saving together/Bundld/GreenZip

Som Shrestha

Building ScientistOak Ridge National Laboratory
Project: Anisotropic Thermal Management for Building Envelopes

Thomas Attard

President, CEO and FounderPowerPolymer, LLC
Project: Multi-Hazards Community Resilience and Urban Sustainability

February 5 Workshop

Abinesh Selvacanabady

Project ManagerSage Energy Consulting
Project: Intelligent Algorithm to Optimally Match Donor and Recipient EV Agents

Boker Agili

CEOGolden Dimension LLC
Project: Intelligent Solid State Devices for Home Energy Applications

Carolyn Szum

Program ManagerLawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Project: Building Efficiency Targeting Tool for Energy Retrofits (BETTER)

David Lovelady

Founder and OwnerLovEnergy
Project: LovEnergy Building to Grid SaaS Market Launch

Dhaval J. Brahmbhatt

President and CEOPhychip Corporation
Project: Nanotech Batteries

Inderdeep Dhir

Chief Software ArchitectXeroHome
Project: XeroHome - A Cloud Platform for Scaling Residential Deep Energy Retrofits

Jake Rabinowitz

Energy AnalystCOI Energy Services
Project: Energy Management Software for a Smart, Decentralized, Two-Way Grid

Joseph Kucic

Project: Scalable Thermal (Ice) Energy Storage

Kyoung Hee Kim

Project: Microalgae Window Retrofitting for Indoor Air Quality

Levon Atoyan

CEOActive Energy Systems
Project: High-Impact Chillers for Thermal Storage in Commercial Building Air Conditioning

Mudit Saxena

CEO and Co-FounderXeroHome
Project: XeroHome - A Cloud Platform for Scaling Residential Deep Energy Retrofits

Natalia Mykhaylova

Project: WeavAir Sensor Modules to Improve Indoor Air Quality and Energy Efficiency of HVAC Systems

Nemanja Danilovic

Research ScientistLawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Project: Nanosegregated Bimetallic Oxide Anode Catalyst for Proton Exchange Membrane Electrolyzer

Omid Hajishirmohammadi

Founder4 OMID
Project: 4 Circular Biomimicry Brick Hardware

Philip Boudreaux

ResearcherOak Ridge National Laboratory
Project: Building Air Leakage Detector

December 2 Workshop

Aaron Baskerville-Bridges

VP OperationsAeroShield Materials Inc.
Project: Super-insulating, Transparent Inserts for Windows

Adam Landsman

PresidentPulseIQ LLC
Project: Building Performance with the Power of Data Analytics

Ayyoub Momen

CEOUltrasonic Technology Solutions
Project: Direct Contact Ultrasonic Drying

Brenda Hu

President and OwnerBEE
Project: VisionBee® EEAAS

Chris Westmoreland

CEORenu Energy Services Inc.
Project: Waste-to-Energy Converter

Daniel Farb

CEO and IP DirectorFlower Turbines
Project: Building-integrated Wind Turbines

Derek Stein

Founder and CEOTechstyle Materials, Inc.
Project: Multifunctional Materials for Building Envelopes

Donna Childs

Founder and CEO Prisere LLC
Project: Reinsurance Capital for Clean Energy and Efficiency

Gregor Henze

Professor University of Colorado, Boulder

Project: RFID Sensor Network for Human Presence Sensing

Iman Najjar

Senior Shelter Officer NUSANED NGO

Project: Construction-grade Recycled Building Materials

Joseph Rendall

Postdoctoral ResearcherOak Ridge National Laboratory

Project: Hot-water Saving Insert for Residential Hot-water Tanks

Laurent Canneva


Project: Data-driven Waste Reduction for Building Owners

Tanya Barham

CEO & FounderCommunity Energy Labs

Project: Scalable AI-powered Clean Building Control System

Tommy Gibbons


Project: U.S. Production of Hemp-Based Building Insulation