02 Oct '15, 2pm

A Leaner Launchpad for Hard Energy Technology

This approach enables a different kind of hard energy technology startup, one that borrows from the lean learning cycles of the software archetype. Being coupled with an existing world-class R&D facility can mean a quick start and millions of dollars in avoided capital, allowing innovators to fail efficiently, redirect their work, and optimize a technology and business model toward the highest likelihood of success before entering the traditional finance cycle. Spark Thermionics, one of our first cohort projects, began testing a critical risk point of its technology at Berkeley Lab within weeks of joining the program. “We gained access to equipment and software that we didn’t know existed…and would have been prohibitively time-consuming to develop on our own,” said Jared Schwede, one of Spark’s co-founders. Our hope is that providing extraordinary leverage at the earliest ...

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