July 6, 2022
Norah Magero Wins Royal Academy of Engineering’s 2022 Africa Tech Prize, Aided by Special Collaboration Between IMPEL and Techwomen Program
June 30, 2022
Great Energy and Genuine Connections: Innovators Wrap Up IMPEL and Greentown Labs’ 2022 Building Tech Pitch Day
June 21, 2022
Breaking into the Climate Tech Market: Five IMPEL Innovators Land Recognitions at EarthX Summit; Watch Them Present at ATI Flash Decision Day
Coming off of the widely successful EarthX E-Capital Summit event, five IMPEL Innovators are headed to ATI’s upcoming FLASH Decision Day on June 27th from 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM CT. These Innovators have been hard at work over the past six weeks– receiving mentoring and hands-on training, all to setting them up to come out of these events well-prepared and eager to overcome what lies ahead in their tech-to-market journeys. They’ll present their progress at Decision Day, which you can register for here.
March 25, 2022
Learning the Business of Building Technologies
Each year, the IMPEL program begins with Pitch Coaching Workshops that guide small businesses, entrepreneurs, and researchers towards crafting the fundamentals of a pitch. This year, IMPEL has expanded its curriculum specifically for mid-TRL Innovators looking to develop a comprehensive business plan framework. This second phase of the program–named the IMPEL Business Seminars–are accelerated and iterative seminars that dive deeper into Innovators' revenue models, go-to-market and sales strategies, competition and differentiation approaches, and more. In its inaugural year, these Business Seminars were held across three consecutive days in March.
March 11, 2022
IMPEL Mentor Advisory Panel Meets with 2022 Innovator Cohort
These Mentors represent boutique and impact funds, major universities, state energy offices, and federal entities including the General Services Administration, the U.S. Department of Defense, major corporate ventures, and the National Labs.
March 8, 2022
IMPEL Carbon Tools Webinar
IMPEL hosted a Carbon Tools webinar on March 7 to help Innovators estimate the impact of their small business towards reducing carbon emissions. These estimates could be used to help Innovators gauge the efficacy of their service or technology, while providing them with science-backed estimates to substantiate their pitch to a potential investor or partner.
This webinar featured three embodied and operational carbon tools, and their relevance to the buildings sector:
February 18, 2022
To Decarbonize Buildings, Think Like An Entrepreneur
Cities, states, labor and industry recently announced that they’re teaming up with the Biden administration to launch the Building Performance Standards Coalition, a first-of-its-kind partnership dedicated to slashing the building sector’s energy use and greenhouse gas emissions to create healthier, cleaner, more affordable buildings and jobs that pay well.
In this decisive decade for climate action, the effort couldn’t be more timely. It’s critical to remember that even our best, most innovative ideas won’t have any impact if they never reach the market.
Buildings and construction have immediate climate impacts as well as lasting market and societal implications. They’re responsible for about 40% of energy-related global greenhouse gas emissions, with operations accounting for 28% and embodied emissions from construction and materials like steel and cement accounting for 11%. Thus, well-funded building innovation supported by smart climate policy is critical for the transformation of the built environment.
Photo: ferrantraite via Getty Images
November 2, 2021
IMPEL Announces New Mentor Advisory Panel, Moves COP26 Mid-Century Climate Goals to This Decisive Decade
October 28, 2021
IMPEL Your Building Solutions to Scale
“In the U.S., buildings are responsible for 40% of greenhouse gas emissions – more than any other sector,” said Dr. Carolyn Snyder, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency at DOE. “President Biden has set a goal of cutting U.S. emissions in half by 2030 compared to a 2005 baseline, and meeting that target will require dramatic improvements in building energy efficiency and rapid deployment of grid-integration and clean-energy technologies for buildings. IMPEL is helping some of the most exciting, advanced building technologies get into the marketplace, where they can help slash emissions.” Read the entire article at the DOE's site here!
Photos: Laura Wong, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
October 6, 2021
IMPEL Kickoff Webinar on October 6th at 12pm Pacific
August 31, 2021
IMPEL End of Season Video: One day, or Day One?
July 15, 2021
IMPEL+ Innovators Accelerate Low-Carbon Buildings Future with Help from DOE Building Technologies Office
June 30, 2021
Greentown, IMPEL+, and the DOE are Teaming Up–Meet the Building Tech Startups We're Supporting
This spring, Greentown Labs collaborated with IMPEL+ to host a building tech pitch day, which featured seven startups that are leading the way in sustainable building innovations. The event was a platform for strategic connections between the startups and Greentown and IMPEL+’s combined network of corporates, public agencies, investors, and others who can play a key role in startups’ success. Through the summer and fall, these startups will have continued access to Greentown's member-only programming, which is designed to equip startups with the connections and knowledge they need to succeed.
Read the full announcement and meet these seven leading building tech startups at the link below.
December 9, 2020
IMPEL+ New 2021 Virtual Program
Applications are now open for building and energy technology scientists and innovators to participate in a unique incubator that helps propel your ideas to market. While millions of dollars are spent for R&D and small businesses for energy technologies, only a portion of these reach users and create value.
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Over the past year, nearly 70 buildings innovators gained critical technology-to-market pitch communication skills at four intensive IMPEL+ workshops held across the country. This cohort of selected IMPEL+ Innovators included building technology researchers from national laboratories, small business owners, university faculty members and graduate students, as well as building architects, engineers, and entrepreneurs. (Read more)
Photo: Laura Wong, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
May 13, 2019
IMPEL Your Building Technology Idea
Five Lab Innovation Teams, chosen and assembled from the ranks of the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Lab family, successfully finished the 2018-2019 "Incubating Market-Propelled Entrepreneurial-mindset at the Labs” (IMPEL) program. IMPEL is an eight-month, professional development program funded by the Building Technologies Office (BTO), within DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, and implemented by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. IMPEL provides promising scientists with mentorship from building industry professionals, monthly expert webinars, and pitch coaching from Silicon Valley specialists. (Read more)
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December 6, 2018
IMPEL Webinar 4: Industrialized Construction R&D
The promise of connected buildings and the pervasive sensor technologies enabling their design and deployment will require a series of innovations in building materials, fabrication techniques and data science. From digital design to off-site fabrication, construction, and commissioning, traditional stakeholders in the construction industry are increasingly asked to accommodate a set of emerging needs, fundamentally shifting the demands on them and their capabilities in order to be successful. Read the full webinar description and speaker bios at the link below.
November 8, 2018
IMPEL Webinar 3: Ideation to Reality: The Journey from Technology Development to a Building a Thriving Business
Join Dr. Amit Narayan as he discusses the challenges and rewards of taking an idea from an incubator to market. As an expert entrepreneur Dr. Narayan has founded 2 companies, published over 25 papers in the area of design automation. Narayan also holds seven US patents and is an active advisor to several startup companies in the bay area. Dr. Narayan will discuss his own impressive personal journey from the research lab to launching market-ready products.
Topics of discussion and Dr. Narayan's bio can be found at the link below.
Photo courtesy of Dr. Amit Narayan
October 30, 2018
IMPEL Webinar 2: Delivering on the Promise of Healthy, Energy Efficient Buildings
Since the early 2000s, the drive for improved energy efficiency, sustainability, survivability and occupant health has caused forward-thinkers to question “How we can deliver on the promise of healthy, affordable, energy efficient buildings without changing the way we build?” It was then that the industry began experimenting with designs for continuously insulated, modular, prefabricated building panels. This deep dive into the many challenges that prefabricators must overcome if they are to succeed in transforming the way we build. David shares many lessons learned and identifies some remaining obstacles. This webinar is especially relevant for the two IMPEL teams focused on building materials.
Speaker bio can be found at the link below.
October 5, 2018
IMPEL Webinar 1: Building Technologies to Market Mechanisms
Elsie Quaite Randall, Chief Technology Transfer Officer, Berkeley Lab, describes models of lab-industry partnerships, that can help scale R&D into commercialization. This is intended to inform building technologies and software tools researchers, and potential industry collaborators about the partnering and IP mechanisms that can support and encourage partnerships.
Corinne A. Allen from the DOE Office of Tech Transfer provides a short presentation on Build4Scale. It trains energy hardware innovators to avoid the common pitfalls of product design by teaching them manufacturing design fundamentals in the early stages of prototype development, and provides them with the information they need to work with manufacturers on first production runs.
Speaker bios can be found at the link below.
August 20, 2018
Photo Gallery: IMPEL Training Event at the Energy Exchange
View photos from the IMPEL training event held at the Energy Exchange on August 20, 2018.
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April 24, 2018
IMPEL Elevator Pitch Session
Developing a succinct pitch seems simple but actually takes a lot of brainpower and is best done with outside feedback. In this video, Berkeley Lab and Cyclotron Road researchers practice pitches for promising technologies with coaching from experienced entrepreneur Christina Ellwood. The intent of the IMPEL channel is to foster a culture of market awareness within DOE labs to help direct future research, and develop innovative lab ideas into teams, assets, and source funding. This can help to drive high impact, industry-relevant technologies from early stage R&D to private sector uptake. This work is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy.
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