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November 2, 2021

IMPEL+ Announces New Mentor Advisory Panel, Moves COP26 Mid-Century Climate Goals to This Decisive Decade

The policies and politics of climate change are at stake at the COP26 Summit this week, with global leaders committing to net zero by mid-century. At IMPEL+, we believe that this decade is critical for climate action. This can be done in part by accelerating building technologies that are ripe for near-term impact.


To guide IMPEL+’s building Innovators who can make an impact in this decisive decade, we are proud to announce the IMPEL+ Mentor Advisory Panel that adds a new depth of expertise to our program. These industry leaders bring a broad base of tech-to-market knowledge to IMPEL+, and will help Innovators navigate over the “Valleys of Death” as often experienced on the path to commercialization. Mentor learning forums include group and one-and-one mentoring sessions, IMPEL+’s Reverse Pitch event, and potential access to the Mentors’ powerful pipelines and networks.


The twenty mentors joining IMPEL+ this year come from boutique and global investment groups, government agencies like the Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Defense (DOD), and the National Lab network, and the private sector. (Read full article here)

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October 28, 2021

IMPEL Your Building Solutions to Scale

World-class leaders from the worlds of investing, technology, the public sector, and business are lending their expertise to the Department of Energy’s 2022 IMPEL+ accelerator, with a mission to speed commercialization of technologies that slash buildings’ carbon footprint — an essential and urgent aspect of curbing climate change.

“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!

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October 6, 2021

IMPEL+ Kickoff Webinar on October 6th at 12pm Pacific

​​This season, IMPEL+ is adding three new tracks for building technologies and programs: Decarbonize, Digitalize, and Democratize, with expert Mentor Panels to help innovators along their progress. A new series of Business Seminars and Reverse Pitch events are key additions to the IMPEL+ pitch coaching workshops, a core activity of the program since its inception in 2019.


View a recording of the program kickoff webinar from October 6, and see how we can help you reach your climate tech-to-market vision!

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August 31, 2021

IMPEL+ End of Season Video: One day, or Day One?

IMPEL+ helps early-stage innovators translate the premise and promise of their work into the language of business, boosting their chances of bringing their building technologies to market. IMPEL+ provides fully-funded (i.e.: free to them) national pitch coaching and incubation support for building and energy innovators.

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July 15, 2021

IMPEL+ Innovators Accelerate Low-Carbon Buildings Future with Help from DOE Building Technologies Office

Consider these ingenious innovations that can transform our buildings:

  • 3D-printed thermal energy storage that replaces toxic chemical batteries

  • Decorative lattices filled with micro-algae that clean indoor air as they dynamically shade commercial office building windows

  • Using drones and machine learning to scan buildings across entire neighborhoods, to fix the ones leaking conditioned air and energy

These are just a few of the many technologies getting closer to commercialization thanks to this year’s IMPEL+ cohort. IMPEL+ helps early-stage innovators translate the premise and promise of their work into the language of business, boosting their chances of bringing their technologies to market.

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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.

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June 9, 2021

ATI Helps Promising Innovators from IMPEL+ Take their Next Step in the Private Sector Pipeline


The Austin Technology Incubator is a commercial partner for IMPEL+, with two of their programs being a great next step in the private sector pipeline for some of the most promising innovators who participate in the IMPEL+ program.


Click the link below to read about this year's EarthX and SEAL programs led by ATI, and the IMPEL+ programs that took part in it.

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May 3, 2021

What's Next for Building Tech?


IMPEL+, the Building Technologies Office (BTO) of the U.S. Department of Energy, and Greentown Labs discuss how collaboration is key to getting building technologies to market.


Listen to the conversation about our work together on IMPEL+, how the public and private sectors can collaborate to support building tech startups from earlier through later stages, how science and commercialization can co-develop, and what innovation trends they’re seeing in the sector.

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February 5, 2021

February Newsletter: 30 Innovators Pitch at Recent IMPEL+ Workshops


While the community of building technologists is relatively small and specialized, the range of innovative projects and applications in the field is vast. IMPEL+ 2021 Innovators are a reflection of this diversity, pitching projects such as Kyoung Hee Kim of EcoClosure's microalgae window retrofitting to improve indoor air quality, to Adam Landsman of PulseIQ's use of data analytics to optimize building performance, to Tommy Gibbons of Hempitecture's hemp-based, sustainable building insulation, just to name a few examples. (Read more)

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December 14, 2020

A panel of "sharks" converged at the EERE-NASEO Shark Tank on December 4, 2020. This high-profile event was a unique partnership between the Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs Office (WIP), Building Technologies Office (BTO) and National Association of State Energy Offices (NASEO) to help states partner with entrepreneurs to increase market access for energy-saving technologies. (Read more)

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December 14, 2020

Five IMPEL+ Innovators pitched their hardtech to industry and government leaders at the inspiring BTO Peer PReview on November 17, 2020. The Expert Panel were New Story COO Alexandria Lafci, Treau CTO Kipp Bradford and Austin Technology Incubator CSO Erin Keys. (Read more)

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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)

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June 12, 2020

How would you describe IMPEL+ in one word? Hear directly from these 2020 IMPEL+ Innovators about our unique pitch-coaching workshop for building technology innovators and entrepreneurs.

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June 19, 2020

View photos from the IMPEL+ Workshop held virtually on June 19, 2020.

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February 14, 2020

View photos from the IMPEL+ Workshop held in Boston, MA on June 19, 2020.

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December 6, 2019

View photos from the IMPEL+ Workshop held in Washington DC on December 6, 2019.

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December 6, 2019

View photos from the IMPEL+ Workshop held in Berkeley, CA on November 15, 2019.

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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 11, 2018

Photo Gallery: IMPEL Virtual Pitch Coaching Event

View photos from the IMPEL Virtual Pitch Coaching event held on December 11, 2018.

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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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