Clean Energy Startup Weekend

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Have you always wanted to participate in a business plan competition but don’t have an idea?
Do you have an idea for a startup but don’t know how to take the next step?
Are you looking for a team to work with on your idea?

Come to the first ever Clean Energy Startup Weekend!

Here’s why:

  • You’ll get to hear from prior Clean Energy Prize contestants about how they formed their team, came up with their idea, and what the process of participating in the contest was like.
  • Friday there will be an evening Pitchathon where you can hear other people’s ideas, meet like-minded individuals, and find a couple of awesome people you may want to work with.
  • On Saturday we will have a workshop on how to build the perfect CEP application, and help you craft an awesome pitch deck.
  • On Sunday, you’ll get to present your idea to a team of kick-ass mentors who will give you feedback.

Food and drinks will be provided all weekend.

Come to one session, stay all weekend – whatever you like! We will have opportunities for teams to form on Friday night and Saturday morning, and you can connect with other pitchers at any time through a live feed of ideas on our website.

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Our fabulous Friday speakers (re-joining us on Sunday as mentors) are:

Stanley Kowalksi III, Chairman of the Board, FloDesign Wind Turbine Corp.:

Stanley Kowalksi III was the founding CEO of FloDesign Wind Turbine Corp. He led the team that won the Ignite Clean Energy and MIT Clean Energy Prize competitions totaling $300K and subsequently total investments of $50M in 18 months. He raised a $6M series A investment from KPCB and secured John Doerr and Bill Joy on the Board. He then raised a Series B investment totaling $35M from Goldman Sachs, Vantage Point Partners and Technology Partners. During his time as CEO, the team also won an $8.3M ARPA-E grant, and several SBIR’s.

FloDesign Wind Turbine Corp has an innovative wind turbine design. They plan to install ten 100kW turbines in California this year.

Steven J. Stoddard, Director of Operations, Co-founder, CoolChip Technologies:

Steven Stoddard is the co-founder and Director of Operations for CoolChip Technologies. He was part of the team that won the MIT Clean Energy Prize in 2011. They went on to win a National Science Foundation Small Business Innovative Research grant for $150,000 and raise several venture funding rounds. He received an M.Sc. degree in mechanical engineering and an MBA from MIT.

CoolChip Technologies has a cost-effective cooling solution for electronics that is smaller, quieter, and has a lighter form factor than traditional fan and heat sink solutions.

Senthil Balasubramanian, Co-Founder, Sistine Solar:

Senthil Balasubramanian co-founded Sistine Solar, the MIT Clean Energy Prize Renewable Energy track winner in 2013. He started his career at GE, where he worked for 4 years in a number of business units spanning the industrial, infrastructure, and media sectors. Driven by his passion for entrepreneurship, he left GE to join a renewable energy startup developing utility-scale solar photovoltaic power plants in developing markets such as India and the Middle East. Over his 3 years there, Senthil developed a deep understanding of the solar sector. He holds an MBA at MIT Sloan.

Sistine Solar offers the world’s first solar digital billboards, signs, and street furniture. We design, engineer, and build beautifully sustainable dynamic displays for brands, cities and outdoor advertisers

Bal Mukund Dhar, CTO, Agira Energy

Bal Mukund Dhar was part of the founding team that reached the semi-finals of the 2013 MIT Clean Energy Prize.

Agira Energy turns windows into solar panels. They have a patented technology that allows glass panels to concentrate light along one edge for inexpensive photovoltaic electricity generation.

Our Expert Pitcher leading Saturday’s 1:00 Workshop is:

Jacob DeWitte, founder and CEO, UPower

Jake is a PhD candidate in MIT Nuclear Engineering, and an Admiral Hyman G. Rickover Fellow. Jacob has worked at Sandia National Laboratories, Urenco, General Electric, and the Naval Reactor Laboratories. Jacob also served on the Board of the American Nuclear Society. He has worked on cutting edge nuclear technologies, nuclear facility licensing, fuel sales, and nuclear construction project management. Jacob has research expertise in next generation reactor systems, and his PhD research explores techniques to maximize power plant performance with new fuel designs.

UPower technology enables an always on, container-sized, truly carbon-free and emission-free nano-nuclear battery for remote and distributed generation where energy costs can exceed 30 cents/kWh, and power is needed 24/7.

Schedule for the weekend:

Friday, Nov 15
6:30 pm to 9 pm
Under the Dome, Building 10-250, MIT, 77 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA
Time Event Why you Should Come
6:30 – 7 pm Reception Free food and a chance to hang out in the coolest room at MIT – the Dome!
7 – 7:15 pm Welcome and Clean Energy Prize Overview Learn what the Clean Energy Prize is all about, meet the CEP team, and get excited about all the money you could win!
7:15 – 8 pm CEP Contestant Panel Hear our past CEP contestants talk about their inspiration, how their teams got started, and what their experience was.
8 pm – 8:45 pm Pitchathon! Come throw your ideas around and see what sticks! We will have 30 second pitches of ideas – vague, specific, whatever you think is cool – we want to hear it! We will be tracking all the ideas and posting them online in a live feed.
8:45 pm – 9 pm Get Excited We’ll wrap up the pitching and give you some time to meet with people you thought had cool ideas.
9 pm – ??? Social We’ll head to a local watering hole called the Muddy Charles to grab a few beers and hang out with other people interested in Clean Energy. This is a great opportunity to just meet people!
Saturday, Nov. 16
11 am to 5 pm
Martin Trust Center, MIT Building E40, 1st Floor, 1 Amherst St, Cambridge, MA
Time Event Why you Should Come
11 am – 12 pm Idea Storm We’ll break into rooms based on Clean Energy Prize Tracks and continue jamming on the ideas we heard about the night before. Expect lots of sticky notes on the wall, and lots of coffee!
12 – 12:30 pm Lunch and Workshop: How to Craft a CEP Application Eat some tasty food and learn what makes a good application from this year’s Clean Energy Prize team.
12:30 – 1 pm Lunch and Workshop: Pitch Deck 101 Expert pitcher Jake DeWitte of 2013 CEP track winner UPower will show you what the key elements of a pitch deck are, what questions you should answer in a pitch, and answer any questions you have. We will also give you a Pitch Deck template to use.
1 – 5 pm Hacking Time Find some people you may want to work with, grab a space and a whiteboard, and HACK on your idea! We will provide the food and caffeine, you bring the creative juju. Stay for 15 minutes, stay the whole time, whatever you like. We’ll have MIT entrepreneurs on hand to help you out, to throw ideas at, and to provide entertainment / help.
Sunday, Nov. 17
12 pm to 3 pm
Martin Trust Center, MIT Building E40, 1st Floor, 1 Amherst St, Cambridge, MA
Time Event Why you Should Come
As Assigned 10 minute Presentation Spend 3 minutes presenting your pitch deck to our amazing Clean Energy Prize mentors from FloDesign Wind Turbine, Coolchip Technologies, Sistine Solar, and Agira Energy. Then they will provide you feedback and guidance to make your pitch even better. You will have the opportunity to sign up for a 10 minute time slot either in person on Saturday or online.
12 – 3 pm Hacking Time Come hang out with us at the Trust Center, eat some tasty food, and work on your pitch deck.