The Empower Innovation Network is a trusted place where entrepreneurs, developers, investors, local communities, and others can connect to work toward a shared vision for a clean economy. Empower Innovation offers curated opportunities for working connections, referrals, and collaboration. Select a tab below to see how each member of our community can benefit from - and give back to - the broader Empower Innovation Network.

Browse the directory to find your own organization and submit a request to join so other community members can see your name. If your organization is not yet in the directory, go ahead and create it. For more instructions, visit the Empower Innovation User Guide

Empower Innovation offers resources for technology innovators seeking programs, funding, and other opportunities to help develop and scale their cleantech ventures.

Relevant groups include:

  • Startups
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Researchers
  • Students
  • Universities
  • Research Institutions/Labs

On Empower Innovation, startups and other technology innovators can find incubator and accelerator programs, valuable business development resources, and industry experts in the cleantech field. Entrepreneurs can also explore the community to identify potential partners and opportunities to collaborate on projects. As innovators grow, they can take advantage of our database of funding opportunities.

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Empower Innovation offers resources for community organizations and local, state, and federal jurisdictions looking for new technology solutions, funding, and partners to support their environmental and socioeconomic goals.

Relevant groups include:

  • Community-based Organizations
  • Municipalities
  • Native American Tribes
  • Community Choice Aggregators
  • State Facilities
  • Ports
  • Airports
  • Military Facilities

These members all share a commitment to serve their local communities. Many communities have energy, water, or air quality concerns that can be addressed with cleantech solutions. Within the Empower Innovation Network, members can find funding opportunities and potential partnerships with technology innovators to tackle these challenges.

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Empower Innovation offers resources for funding providers seeking new applicants for their cleantech-related grant programs and investors looking for new investment and co-funding opportunities in the cleantech industry.

Relevant groups include:

  • Grant-making Organizations (including Government and University Funds)
  • Angel Investors
  • Venture Capital Investors
  • Foundations, Philanthropic Organizations, and Family Offices

Grant-making organizations can strengthen their program applications pipelines by posting opportunities on Empower Innovation. Investors can leverage the Empower Innovation Network to get curated leads and referrals to innovators and to other investors, join pitch events, showcase their work, and learn more about how to help their portfolio companies leverage non-equity funding.

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Empower Innovation offers resources for architecture, engineering, construction, and other firms involved in project development seeking to pilot advanced cleantech projects with new community-based and innovative partners.

Relevant groups include:

  • Architects
  • Engineering and Construction Management 
  • Project Developers

Established firms bring their proven solutions and implementation experience to Empower Innovation’s community. The network can connect these companies with funding opportunities, up-and-coming startup technologies, and partners from local communities and other organizations.

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Empower Innovation offers resources for companies and organizations scouting for emerging technology solutions to benefit their business and services. 

Relevant groups include:

  • Agricultural and Industrial Customers
  • Energy Utilities
  • Institutional Facilities (Port Authorities, Hospitals, School Districts, etc.)
  • Residential and Commercial Property Management
  • Community Choice Aggregators
  • Power Companies
  • Technology Integrators

Companies of all sizes can benefit from emerging cleantech solutions. Whether they are a small company looking for efficiency solutions to lower their building’s energy and water bills or a large organization with critical loads that demand resilient energy solutions, innovators in cleantech are creating products and programs that save money and provide business advantages. We welcome all companies who are interested in procuring cleantech products or partnering on new projects.

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Empower Innovation offers resources for startup service providers seeking new and improved ways to support startups, other technology innovators, communities, and their exciting cleantech projects and ventures.

Relevant groups include:

  • Accelerators/Incubators
  • Entrepreneurship Centers
  • Consulting (Legal, Business Development, Grant Writing, etc.)
  • Testing and Certification Services
  • Prototyping Services

On Empower Innovation, startup service providers will find a valuable community for expanding their network and offering their resources to a wider audience. Accelerators and incubators may use Empower Innovation to promote their programs and connect their startups to additional resources, experts, and funding opportunities.

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Empower Innovation welcomes all individuals, companies, and organizations who are passionate about cleantech.

Relevant groups may include:

  • Energy and Environmental Consultants
  • News and Publications
  • Trade Organizations
  • And more...
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