Apply to IMPEL+
What do all IMPEL+ Innovators Share?
A passion to change the world with their buildings innovation;
A drive to impel their buildings hardware, software, and programs to impact;
An awareness that their vision may be impossible to achieve by themselves, and IMPEL+ may be the help they need
2021-22 IMPEL+ WORKSHOP THEMES
IMPEL+ will conduct three workshops, based on the topics below.
Exact dates and locations (U.S. cities or virtual) to be announced.
For projects and ideas that radically reduce emissions for a zero-carbon built environment
Reduce embodied carbon
Carbon capture and storage in buildings
Locally sourced and re-utilized/up-cycled materials
Demand-side savings opportunities:
Reduce operational carbon
Reduce energy demand for space cooling, lighting, and appliances
Improve energy equipment and controls
Provide energy from decarbonizing sources and implement flexible building-to-grid management.
Embrace radical circularity
Closed loop energy and water systems
Construction/agricultural/industrial waste as material banks
Life Cycle Carbon Assessment (LCA) and Life Cycle Costing (LCC)
For projects and ideas that provide equitable wellness in a resilient, living environment
Ventilation/filtration+energy efficient equipment
Health and environment safe materials (e.g. Low VOC, non-EDC)
Thermal comfort and wellness
Inside the building (energy/wellness technologies)
Whole building (passive and active systems)
Community level (mitigate urban heat/pollution)
Advance sustainable behaviors and capacity building
Awareness, market-based instruments, regulations
For projects and ideas that smartly connect buildings, distributed energy resources, people, and organizations
Digitalize the building lifecycle
Digital design, construction, supply chain
Smart sensors and controls
Advanced data analytics
Building-to-grid load flexibility
Harness unique national contexts
Machine learning on urban image data
Digitization and scientific scrutiny of traditional climate-suitable methods and materials
Sample Workshop Agenda
Here is what you can expect during a typical IMPEL+ workshop:
8:30 - 9:00am: Introductions
9:00 - 9:45am: First pitches
9:45 - 10:00am: Business plan and storytelling
10:00 - 10:40am: Business Topic area 1
10:40 - 11:20am: Breakout groups
11:20 - 11:55am: Middle pitches with live feedback
11:55 - 12:30pm: Lunch and pulse check
12:30 - 1:00pm: Business Topic area 2
1:00 - 1:40pm: Breakout groups
1:40 - 2:20pm: Middle pitches with live feedback
2:20 - 2:50pm: Business Topic area 3
2:50 - 3:20pm: Breakout groups
3:20 - 3:30pm: Prep for final pitches
3:30 - 5:10pm: Final pitches and Scoring
5:10 - 5:30pm: IMPEL+ and Partner next steps
5:30 - 6:30pm: Networking happy hour
Rules for Participation:
Participation in the Workshops are fully funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. Candidates will be selected as "IMPEL+ Innovators" to participate at one IMPEL+ workshop, and informed at least 2-3 weeks in advance.
All IMPEL+ Innovators are required to review the IMPEL+ Resource Toolkit in advance to prepare themselves for the IMPEL+ Workshop.
Top IMPEL+ Innovators are selected after the workshops for access to U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and federal/state tech-to-market programs, and opportunities with partners Austin Technology Incubator and Greentown Labs' Pitch/Prize events and/or Accelerator.
The IMPEL+ 2021 Launch Webinar
While millions of dollars are spent for R&D and small businesses for building and energy technologies, only a portion of these reach users and create value.
Learn how IMPEL+ can help you impel your buildings and energy innovation to market impact at the recorded webinar above. Hear straight from the organizations and people behind IMPEL+, plus an exciting announcement about our new partnerships this year.