IMPEL PIPELINES & TIMELINES

IMPEL Innovators pursue their tech-to-market journey through the following opportunities:

Phase 1: Pitch Coaching

(December- February)

Pitch Workshops


December 3, 2021

8:30am - 6:30pm PT


January 21, 2022

8:30am - 6:30pm PT


February 11, 2022

8:15am - 6:30pm PT

With the intensive guidance of IMPEL Expert Coaches, Innovators refine and practice pitches. Activities include real-time tailored exercises, on-video training, and live one-on-one coaching with professional critique. By the end of the workshop, Innovators will have developed a well-formulated pitch with effective value proposition that are compelling to critical non-technical audiences.

Office Hours


January-February

After participating in an IMPEL Workshop, Innovators meet individually with the IMPEL Executive Team for an opportunity to apply learnings from the workshop, and receive specific, actionable feedback about their projects.

Carbon Tools Training


March 7, 2022

10:30am - 12:30pm PT

All Innovators who have gone through Phase 1 of the program receive an invitation to the IMPEL Carbon Tools Training webinar. This webinar introduces open source embodied and operational carbon tools for estimating, and highlighting the energy and carbon impacts of their projects and technologies in their pitches.

A recording of this training is available to the IMPEL LinkedIn Community.

Phase 2: Custom Trainings

(March-May)

IMPEL Mentor Engagement



Early March


All Innovators will have an opportunity to engage with mentors from 20 organizations who play a critical role in the building tech-to-market journey. This year's mentors include:

  • Investment experts from boutique and impact funds to corporate ventures and financial giants

  • Demonstration experts from universities, state energy offices, and federal entities

  • Technical experts from the National Labs

  • Entrepreneurs with invaluable first-hand experience

Business Seminars


March 17 - 19, 2022

8:00am - 12:00pm PT

Down-selected Innovators from Phase 1 will participate in a three-day business seminars event for personalized coaching to develop an initial business plan and customized strategies for their project.

Innovators will also gain exposure to DOE Building Technology Office's Strategic Initiatives at these seminars.

Phase 3: Pipeline Events

(April- August)

IMPEL offers pipelines into the public and private sectors. Innovators seeking public sector engagement are eligible to pitch to public sector leaders at the IMPEL National Showcase hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy, with an audience of DOE leaders and industry experts. Innovators seeking private sector pipelines are eligible to gain fully-funded access to national pitch events, accelerators, and network connections.

Reverse Pitch Event


To be announced


Presentations from private investors, incubators, and public-sector grant programs on their programs, insights, and funding opportunities. Officials from the National Laboratory System will present licensable intellectual property related to building energy use.

DOE-IMPEL National Showcase

To be announced

Standout Innovators from each IMPEL cohort will be selected to pitch at the 2022 DOE-IMPEL National Showcase event.

EarthX E-Capital Summit


April 20 - 22, 2022

EarthX–through the support of the Austin Technology Incubator (ATI)–hosts an annual summit that includes a 2 day conference with leading speakers and panelists in the sustainability and climate and investing fields. Beginning in 2021, ATI partnered to mentor and shortlist IMPEL Innovators for:

  • The ATI E-Capital Connection, where investors and startups are matched in one-on-one meetings. In 2021, 60 companies were selected from across the globe to participate in the E-Capital Connection, where nearly 400 meetings were scheduled with 50+ investors.

  • The EarthX Climate Tech Prize competition, in which early-stage climate tech companies with no more than $500,000 in dilutive funding and annual revenue less than $250,000 are invited to pitch to investors, and have a chance at a $20k prize. In 2021, three IMPEL teams were selected as semi-finalists.

Greentown Labs-IMPEL Pitch Day


June 9, 2022


In collaboration with IMPEL, Greentown Labs hosts a building tech pitch day featuring selected Innovators. The event is 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 certain aspects of Greentown's member-only programming.

FLASH Accelerator with Austin Technology Incubator


April-June


Led by the Austin Technology Incubator at the University of Texas, FLASH is a summer accelerator that picks the most promising emerging IMPEL teams and helps them confront their next market-driven milestone. Over two months, these selected teams go through a series of workshops and working with mentors to build their startup. The program ends with a Decision Day, where based on individual research and expert feedback, teams determine whether their venture can survive the real world and make a go or no-go decision.