To be part of a competitively-selected, diverse cohort of startup ventures that reduce greenhouse gas emissions by enabling the acceleration of electrification. The program will focus on energy-related products or services that reduce the need for costly infrastructure or electrical panel upgrades. Selection will focus on companies that are currently at a pilot or demonstration stage and planning for scale.
The sixth DeltaClimeVT Energy2022 business accelerator program is designed to accelerate the drive to a zero-carbon future for Vermont by helping Vermont’s utilities increase adoption of clean energy, smart building and electric vehicle technologies that enable accelerated integration of distributed energy resources without the need for costly infrastructure upgrades. Entrepreneurs will be working directly with Vermont utilities to contribute to Vermont’s 90/50 and Burlington’s Net Zero by 2030 goals.
We were particularly interested in services and technologies that have wide potential applicability with rural populations and that enable small businesses, low and moderate-income Vermonters, disadvantaged populations and multi-family building residents to participate in the low-carbon economy.
Examples of technologies or services could include but are not limited to:
- Products or services that enable installation and adoption of low carbon, energy efficient or demand management technologies without the need for electric panel upgrades;
- Data gathering and energy analytics software that enables greater adoption of energy efficient technologies and services;
- Smart building technologies such as smart electric panel devices, building controls, smart thermostats, EV charging supply equipment and other devices that could align with utility demand response signals and reduce the need for infrastructure upgrades;
- Localized or micro energy management and storage technologies and related services that enable increased electrification while reducing the need for grid infrastructure upgrades;
- Financing models for energy technologies and services (e.g. innovative loans, on-bill financing, heating as a service);
- Low-carbon transportation solutions that meet rural and LMI population needs to include EVs, micro-mobility, bio-fuels and hydrogen;
- Any other technology or service that enables the reduction of carbon intensive energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in transportation, industrial processes and buildings or supports demand management.
About the Program
The DeltaClimeVT business accelerator program is managed by the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund and facilitated by ecosVC. The program is centered around the ecosVC Lens of the Market® ACCELERATED curriculum, designed to ensure participating startups produce a well grounded case for their business and are able to articulate a compelling plan for success to investors.
The program features an extensive online curriculum plus one-on-ones facilitated by ecosVC principals, active engagement with sponsoring Vermont utilities, business mentors, investors and successful venture leaders. Startups must have at least two senior members of their team actively participate in all aspects of the program. The program includes three intensive sprints (each 2-4 days in duration), weekly assignments and bi-weekly webinars as well as frequent 1:1 engagement with program leaders and mentors. Active engagement and peer-mentoring by participants is an essential part of the program and a final prize of $25,000 will be awarded to a peer-selected company. The DeltaClimeVT program managers work to ensure that startups in the cohort are non-competitive.
November 15, 2021
January 31, 2022
February 25, 2022
Cohort selection announced
February 28, 2022
Initial one-on-one meetings and prework begins
March 7-8, 2022
March 28-31, 2022
Virtual sprint 1
One-on-one meetings with facilitators
May 2-5, 2022
Virtual sprint 2
Webinars and one-on-one meetings with facilitators
June 13-16, 2022
Final sprint (in person)
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DeltaClimeVT offers cohort members more than 35 hours of time with mentors, investors and potential customers?