Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation Panel

  • Remote Access - Zoom
  • Virtual Presentation - ET
  • Accelerating Innovation – From Bench Scale to Pilot and Commercialization
Panel Discussion

How can energy technology startups move quickly from research-based bench-scale idea to production and commercialization?

With the Biden Administration in place and decarbonization and climate change again taking center stage, accelerating the speed of innovation is paramount. What critical factors should early-stage energy entrepreneurs consider while working towards getting their first product into the market? Join the Scott Institute as we talk with four leading innovation experts about how to move to market – with special focus on hardware.

Panelists include:

►   Ryan Dings, Executive Vice President & General Counse, Greentown Labs
        — Ryan Dings is the Executive Vice President & General Counsel of Greentown Labs, North America's largest climatetech incubator with locations in Somerville, MA and Houston, TX. Prior to joining Greentown Labs, Ryan served as the Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel of Sunwealth, a solar investment firm committed to simplifying the process of impact investment. Ryan also served on the executive team of Blu Homes and has advised numerous early-stage clean technology companies over the past decade. Ryan started his career practicing commercial real estate law in Charlotte, North Carolina. Ryan holds graduate degrees in law from Wake Forest University School of Law and in design from Harvard University Graduate School of Design, and a Bachelor of Arts from UNC-Chapel Hill.

►   Janine ElliottDirector, Incubation Programs, Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator
       — Janine Elliott brings a mix of entrepreneurial experience, teaching skills, and program management backgrounds to her role as Director of Incubation Programming at the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI). Before LACI, Janine worked with hundreds of startups at VentureWell, a non-profit in Massachusetts that supports STEM innovators with socially impactful ventures, including cleantech startups. Prior to that, Janine co-founded a green chemistry startup in the SF Bay Area and taught youth leadership programs and field science in California and Maine. Janine holds an MBA with an emphasis in sustainability and social impact from Dominican University of California and her undergraduate degree from Colby College focused on Environmental Policy.

   Rick Stockburger, Chief Executive Officer, BRITE Energy Innovators
       — Rick Stockburger is the president and CEO of BRITE Energy Innovators. At BRITE, Rick helps energy tech startups get on their feet and step out into the world by providing them with access to funding, advanced technology, a diverse partner network, and a space to call home. In just under four years of employment at BRITE, Rick has brought out-of-state businesses to Ohio, increased venture capital funds and revenue times 20 for BRITE’s client companies, and multiplied BRITE’s revenue by five. He has also developed professional partnerships between BRITE and high-profile industry leaders, including Lordstown Motors, Ultium, and General Motors. Rick is an opportunist and always looking for ways to increase company and community growth.

►   Jeffrey McDaniel, Executive in Residence, Innovation Works
       — Jeffrey McDaniel has 15 years’ experience in innovation, corporate strategy, manufacturing and energy technologies, and operations – in both early stage and Fortune 500 companies. Prior to joining Innovation Works, Jeffrey was in charge of business development and strategy for the emerging technology R&D portfolio for Westinghouse Electric Company, developing clean energy solutions and products, and providing organizational leadership for technology teams. He also led the global implementation of new Sustainability technology and innovation design processes. Jeffrey McDaniel holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Naval Academy and a JD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

►   Anna J. Siefken, Executive Director, CMU Scott Institute for Energy Innovation

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