Apply to IMPEL+


Application window will be open until all available innovator positions are filled.

Priority deadline to submit applications was: November 15, 2021.

Selected applicants will be placed into one of the following workshops (all virtual):

Decarbonize track: December 3, 2021 (8:30am - 6:30pm Pacific)

Digitalize track: January 21, 2022 (8:30am - 6:30pm Pacific)

Democratize track: February 11, 2022 (8:30am - 6:30pm Pacific)

What do all IMPEL+ Innovators share?

  • A passion to change the world with their building innovation;

  • A drive to impel their buildings hardware, software, solutions, and programs to impact;

  • An awareness that their vision may be impossible to achieve by themselves, and IMPEL+ may be the help they need.

IMPEL+ is changing in 2022. Hear what's new in our 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.

Webinar slides are also available for download here.

Rules for Participation:

  1. 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.

  2. All IMPEL+ Innovators are required to review the IMPEL+ Resource Toolkit in advance to prepare themselves for the IMPEL+ Workshop.

  3. 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.

  4. Starting in 2022, IMPEL+ will only accept applicants who have a U.S. Residency.

2021-22 IMPEL+ WORKSHOP Tracks

IMPEL+ will conduct three workshops, based on the tracks below.

Decarbonize workshop

December 3rd, 2021

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

Reduce embodied carbon

  • Carbon capture and storage in buildings

  • Nature bases solutions and alternative biogenic materials

  • Energy savings opportunities during extraction, manufacturing, transport, and installation of building materials and assemblies, including locally sourced and re-utilized/up-cycled materials

Reduce operational carbon

    • Technologies that reduce energy demand for space/water heating/cooling, lighting, and appliances

    • Improved 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) methods

Digitalize workshop

January 21, 2022

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

Digitalize the building lifecycle

    • Digital design and construction, digital supply chains

    • Smart equipment, building, and community scale sensors and controls

    • Advanced data analytics

Building-to-grid load flexibility

    • Integration of building, renewables/ thermal and electrochemical batteries/electric vehicle /grid

Harness unique regional contexts

    • Machine learning on building and urban image/text/novel sources of data

    • Digitization and scientific scrutiny of traditional climate-suitable methods/ materials

Democratize workshop

February 11, 2022

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

Healthier environments

  • Ventilation/filtration+energy efficient equipment

  • Health and environment safe materials (e.g. Low volatile organic compounds, non-endocrine-disrupting materials, etc.)

Thermal comfort and wellness

  • Inside the building (energy/wellness technologies)

  • Whole building (passive and active systems)

  • Community level (urban heat/pollution mitigation)

Advance sustainable behaviors and capacity building

  • Up-skilling, re-skilling, training, attitude/awareness programs

Sample Workshop Agenda

Here is what you can expect during a typical IMPEL+ workshop (final agenda subject to change):

8:30 - 8:50am: Welcome and overview

8:50 - 9:30am: First pitches and Scoring

9:30 - 9:45am: Business plan and storytelling

9:45 - 10:15am: Business Topic area 1

10:15 - 11:05am: Breakout groups

11:05 - 11:45am: Second pitches with live feedback

11:45 - 12:00pm: Partner Presentations

12:00 - 12:30pm: Lunch

12:30 - 1:00pm: Business Topic area 2

1:00 - 1:40pm: Breakout groups

1:40 - 2:20pm: Value proposition

2:20 - 3:00pm: Business Topic area 3

3:00 - 3:50pm: Breakout groups

3:50 - 5:20pm: Final pitches and Scoring

5:20 - 5:30pm: Next Steps

5:30 - 6:30pm: Networking and happy hour