2019 Clean Energy Entrepreneur Workshop


The Clean Energy Entrepreneur Workshop will be held in Seattle, Washington, on August 21, 2019. This workshop is designed to bring together entrepreneurs, university faculty, researchers, and students working on clean energy technologies, with industry members, thinktanks, and investment groups from across the Western US.

Attendees will hear from experts from across the clean energy innovation ecosystem, including a keynote presentation by Curt Kirkeby, Fellow Electrical Engineer at Avista Utilities; as well as Professor Dan Schwartz, Director of UW’s Clean Energy Institute and Professor Devin MacKenzie, Technical Director of the Washington Clean Energy Testbeds.

Three sessions of talks will cover the challenges of commercialization, cleantech business resources, and emerging energy technologies. Join us this summer to connect with and learn from clean energy leaders.


REGISTER for the 2019 Clean Energy Entrepreneur Workshop here



8:30: Coffee and Registration

9:00: Introductory Remarks: Professor Daniel Schwartz, Director, UW Clean Energy Institute

9:15-11:10: Commercialization Session: Taking technology to Commercialization: Prominent entrepreneurs and Clean Energy Leaders will share their experiences and learnings of taking technology to commercialization in the clean energy space.

  • 9:15: Introductory Remarks – Ramkumar Krishnan, CTO & President, NantEnergy
  • 9:20: Greg Newbloom, Founder & CTO, Membrion, Inc.
  • 9:40: Mateo Jaramillo, CEO & Co-Founder, Form Energy, Inc.
  • 10:00: Chocckalingam “Chock” Karuppaiah, VP of Fuel Cell Stack Engineering, Bloom Energy
  • 10:20: Jeff Canin, Board Member at Large & E8 Fund Manager, E8 Angels
  • 10:40: Frank Levinson, General Partner, Phoenix Venture Partners

11:20-12:55: Emerging Energy Technologies Session: Learn from the leaders working on disruptive energy technologies in Solar, Energy Storage, and Fuel Cells.

  • 11:20: Introductory Remarks – Byron Crawford, Business Development Specialist, Washington Clean Energy Testbeds
  • 11:25: Joe Berry, Senior Scientist, NREL
  • 11:45: Ramkumar Krishnan, CTO & President, NantEnergy
  • 12:05: John Warner, Chief Customer Officer, American Battery Solutions, Inc.
  • 12:25: Doug Moorehead, President & CTO, Flexgen

12:55-2:00: Lunch

1:20-1:50 Keynote Address: Curt Kirkeby, Fellow Electrical Engineer – Technology Strategy at Avista Utilities

2:00-3:55: Innovator Resource Session: Leaders from the City of Seattle, CleanTech Alliance, VertueLab, UW Comotion, and the UW Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship will discuss resources available and ways they are helping the Washington community in the clean energy space

  • 2:00:  Introductory Remarks – Michael Pomfret, Managing Director, Washington Clean Energy Testbeds
  • 2:05: Rachelle Ames, Commercialization & Outreach Manager, CleanTech Alliance & Cascadia CleanTech Accelerator
  • 2:25: David Kenney, President & Executive Director, VertueLab
  • 2:45: Domonique Meeks, Small Business Advocate, City of Seattle
  • 3:05: Amy Sallin, Director of the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship, University of Washington
  • 3:25: Forest Bohrer, Senior Technology Manager, Engineering, UW CoMotion

4:00-5:00 WCET Tours: Lab and facility tours with demonstrations showcasing the capabilities available for entrepreneurs and researchers in the cleantech community

5:00-5:20: Closing Remarks: Professor Devin MacKenzie, Technical Director, Washington Clean Energy Testbeds

5:20-7:00: Social Reception and Networking: Mingle with leaders, entrepreneurs, students, scientists and faculty in the clean energy space


Thank you to our event sponsors!


Transit and Parking:

Please consider taking public transit to the Washington Clean Energy Testbeds:

  • Sound Transit’s Link Light Rail serves the University of Washington Station (northern terminus). The stop is a 25 minute walk from the Testbeds.  The 65 and 78 buses stop at Montlake Blvd and Pacific Place, providing easy transit options for those who don’t want to walk.
  • A few King County Metro buses stop nearby:
    • The 65, 75, and 78 routes stop at the corner of 45th Street and Mary Gates Drive (a short walk from the Testbeds).
    • The 372 express stops at 25th Ave and 47th St (walk east on 49th Street to Union Bay Place, then south to the Testbeds).

Attendees planning to drive should park in UW lot E1, which is a pay lot ($6/day) that is about a 10 minute walk from the Washington Clean Energy Testbeds.