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

IMPEL is a technology commercialization program funded by the Department of Energy's Building Technologies Office. 

We are based at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Hear IMPEL Program Director Reshma Singh talk about the IMPEL engine that accelerates climate tech in buildings and energy by recruiting and fostering a dynamic Innovator community, mentoring them to develop strong entrepreneurial skill sets, and enabling access to powerful public and private tech-to-market pipelines.

Who do we serve?

Our Theory of Change

Support technological transformations for a zero-carbon built infrastructure that promotes equitable wellness and resilience for all. 

To this end, the program is based on the three tracks below, across stakeholders influencing five levers:


For projects and ideas that radically reduce emissions for a zero-carbon built environment

Reduce embodied carbon

Reduce operational carbon

Embrace radical circularity 


For projects and ideas that connect buildings, distributed energy resources, grid, and communities

Digitalize the building lifecycle

Building-to-grid load flexibility

Harness unique regional  contexts


For projects and ideas that provide equitable access to wellness in a resilient, living environment

Healthier environments 

Equitable Resilience 

Advance sustainable behaviors and capacity building

Diverse, equitable, and inclusive  

We believe that a diverse, equitable, and inclusive ecosystem of innovators magnifies our impact on the future of climate technology and on the communities we serve. 

Join us in our mission.