Generating Energy


EctoTherm has developed a patent pending technology that can serve as an energy source in the most remote and harshest environments. Its first product is a thermal resonator (TR-1) that can translate diurnal temperature fluctuations into electricity. TR-1 is a robust and versatile device that can serve as an energy source for all types of sensors. The nature of its operation allows it to function underground, in places with limited or no sun, and extreme environments with harsh conditions, such as sandstorms. Having no moving parts, it requires no maintenance, and it has a much longer life than batteries alone. 



PolarPanel is a solar energy startup focused on bringing clean, reliable, and low-maintenance refrigeration technology to the commercial cold chain. They are specifically targeting the rail industry by retrofitting refrigerated railcars with NASA-developed solar refrigeration technology, that is both battery and generator-free.  Winner of NASA's Commercial Invention of the Year for 2011, this patented solar-refrigeration technology used in PolarPanel systems has previously met requirements for use in U.S. Military applications, as well as satisfied standards set by the World Health Organization.



By using torrefaction biomass upgrading process, the cost of transportation can be reduced by ~30%. However, most torrefaction reactors today are large-scale and incompatible for decentralized deployment. Utilizing a novel concept called oxygen-lean torrefaction, we demonstrated its potential to simplify reactor design, enabling small-scale, portable, and decentralized deployment at 1/10th the capital cost.



Near-surface winds (i.e. below 300 m.) are highly intermittent, while high-altitude wind resources are abundant, stronger and more consistent. For this reason, Bill Gates has been quoted as saying that High- Altitude wind energy has a chance to be the "magic" solution to the world's energy crisis. Gaia-E is developing an Airborne Wind Energy (AWE) system that can harvest both near-surface and high-altitude winds using only 5% of materials compared to state-of-the-art wind turbines. 

Improving Energy Usage



Fiat Flux has developed a value added technology that integrates with established membrane filters to continuously clean them of organic foulants. Accumulated foulant blocks membrane pores and requires increasing pumping energy to maintain flow. By providing this technology to seawater reverse osmosis customers, they can meaningfully reduce energy input and increase water output in regions where water is scarce.



They turn waste into fuel and chemicals.



An Ion-Selective Brita Filter for Hydroponics



WeavAir harnesses advanced sensor technology and predictive analytics to reduce energy consumption of high value HVAC systems, save money, improve health & streamline operations.

Delivering Energy



A breakthrough power generating system that combines their patented Ultra-Short Pulse Laser (USPL) together with fuel cells to generate on-demand clean electricity, resolving economic and safety issues of conventional hydrogen fuel cells. In comparison to traditional fuel cells with water electrolysis, their product, a working prototype completed, is 100% more efficient and up to 70% cheaper, and requires no high-pressure hydrogen tanks which are costly. Their solution allows many electrons as a mass within photo-catalyst run at an ultrafast speed, called the "Electron Avalanche Effect", generating more power than input power to the laser. This unique process makes their product one of the most efficient power generating systems in the world with up to 70% efficiency, while solar power's efficiency is up to 15% and wind power's and diesel generators' are up to 40%. Another unique value proposition is that it produces pure water as a by-product, which, by adding some minerals, is drinkable and recycled as an input for regenerating more electricity.


Lithio Storage

Lithio (Greek for 'Lithium') Storage develops the next generation of thermally stable, energy efficient batteries for grid-scale storage. The Lithio battery aims to meet the demands of energy storage for current and future technologies, which includes renewable energy systems and peak shaving.



Smart Blox is revolutionizing access to renewable energy by integrating the components of a solar energy system into a single product: Solar Blox. It is like no other product on the market with its eloquent blend of simplicity, ruggedness, and scalability. Solar Blox is ready to change the world.



Flux Technologies has developed advanced composite membranes that provide low cost and highly efficient hydrogen and natural gas purification. These highly selective, productive, and robust membranes enable small-scale and distributed hydrogen production from natural gas reforming, as well as allow biogas producers to upgrade their renewable feedstock to pipeline-quality natural gas. With membrane performance exceeding anything currently available on the market, Flux aims to improve the availability of hydrogen and biomethane, two crucial fuels for a sustainable future.

Energy for Developing Economies



AlterVia's solution for developing communities with limited energy resources is an advanced biomass conversion technology called Co-Solvent Enhanced Lignocellulosic Fractionation (CELF).



PreserveAir makes farmers more money by providing them ideal, affordable and innovative climate field storage and transport services, reducing losses in yields due to dehydration, and eliminating steps in the supply chain.


SAFI analytics

Safi Analytics is a startup using smart factory technologies to empower factory managers in emerging markets to manage energy effectively, avoid machine breakdowns, and gain visibility into their operations. The team is based in Nairobi and currently has two live factory deployments and two additional committed pilot customers for 2018.



Sulis' vision is to manufacture and distribute a series of solar ultraviolet light-induced sterilization (SULIS) devices in rural areas of developing nations affected by neglected tropical diseases and in developed regions affected by natural disasters. Current water sterilization methods are often expensive, inefficient, infeasible for large-scale use, rely on the use of toxic chemicals, or are highly specialized. Sulis is introducing devices which operate under a broad range of conditions, can sterilize water at scale more effectively and at lower cost than current methods, and do not rely on existing infrastructure. Based on recent groundbreaking research initiatives, the Sulis technology is unparalleled in its versatility, scalability, sustainability, and its ability to generate employment in the communities that we aim to serve.



Aelios Technology’s mission is to be a catalyst for change in developing economies. According to Poor People's Energy Outlook 2016 report , "an increase of 2 hours in energy availability at healthcare facilities in developing economies can reduce in-facility mortality rate by 43%". Their products aim at enhancing backup power supplies to save lives, increase efficiency and raise the standard of living in regions where basic sustainable power is a challenge. Through their Intelligent Plug for Devices (IplugDs), they help healthcare facilities mitigate risks during power outages and prevent losing critical devices at critical times.  ( 

Grand Final Judges


Neil Rasmussen |  Former VP/CTO |  Schneider Electric/APC

James Goudreau |  Head of Climate |  Novartis

Tibor Toth |  Managing Director of Investments |  MassCEC

Nicola De Blasio |  Former VP |  ENI

Finals Judges

Energy Delivery


Ravijit Paintal |  CEO |  Auto Marine Systems

Nikhil Vadhavkar |  President & CEO |  Raptor Maps

Joshua Paradise |  Director Strategic Marketing | General Electric

John Bobrowich |  Managing Director |  CEVG

Energy for Developing Economies


Tom Kinneman |  Vice President |  NorthShore InoVentures

Katie MacDonald |  Director of Strategic Partnerships |  Greentown Labs

Srinivas Rao |  Operating Partner |  Phoenix Venture Partners

Jed Bailey |  Managing Director |  Energy Narrative

Improving Energy Usage


Tom Burton |  Attorney |  Mintz Levin

Dan Goldman |  Co-Founder |  CEVG

Harvey Michaels |  Research Director of Energy Management Practice and Innovation |  MIT

Generating Energy


Raquel Mercado | Executive Director of COS Networks | Avangrid Renewables

Dave Miller | Former Executive Managing Director | CEVG

John Bobrowich | CEO | Renewable Energy Systems Americas

Claudia Quigley | Director of Expeditionary Basing and Collective Protection Directorate | Department of Defense




Katherine Curiel | MBA/MUP 2017 Candidate | MIT Sloan/Harvard University

Taylor Lane | JD/MBA Candidate | Harvard University

Alexander Yee | Research Assistant | MIT


Adam de Sola Pool|  Clean Energy Venture Group

Ahmed Malik|  Consultant

Akshat Thirani|  Amper Technologies, Inc.

Albert Chan|  Facebook

Amar Mehta|  Waymo

Amy Mueller|  Northeastern University

Andrew Beebe|  Obvious Ventures

Balaji Balaji|  USAID

Chris Otness|  Borrego Solar Systems, Inc.

Bessma Aljarbou|  Qnovo

Brad Harkavy|  LiveData Utilities

Cyril Draffin|  MIT Energy Initiative

Edward Lovelace|  XL Hybrids

Frank Andrew Felder|  Rutgers Univeristy

Elliot Swan|  Retired

George Aronson|  CRMC

Gordon Baty|  Zero Stage Capital (ret.)

Gus Simiao|  MIT Venture Mentoring Services

Jamie Yang|  Facebook

Jeff Hamel|  Nest Labs (Google)

Jim Eisen|  General Counel

Joe Adiletta|  24M Technologies

John Piret|  Newbury Piret & Co., Inc.

John Tincoff|  Romulus Capital

Julianne Zimmerman|  Great Dome Associates

John Schiffhauer|  Intel Corp.

Kat Donnelly|  AZENTIVE

Laura Nicholson|  KLN Energy Consulting

Michael Toomey|  Recurrent Energy

Mitch Tyson|  Tyson Associates

Paul Wehrenberg|  Self-Employed

Sam Jasinski|  Navigant Consulting

Scot Frank|  Niantec

SJ Maxted|  MIT REAP

Tom Decker|  Factor[e] Ventures