The Innovation Incubator (IN2) program exists to foster and accelerate early-stage clean energy technologies to provide scalable solutions to reduce energy impact. This effort requires a robust and active ecosystem to be successful. As such, we hosted an IN2 Summit to convene the ecosystem of Awardees, Channel Partners, External Advisory Board, NREL Investor Advisory Board, NREL experts, Wells Fargo executives, subject matter experts, and more.

The IN2 Summit, was a full-day, invitation-only working session on August 16, 2017, bringing together IN2 stakeholders, subject matter experts and investors to share knowledge, learn from one another and help inform the direction of IN2 toward our goal of creating sustainable communities.



  • Richard Adams, Director, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center, NREL
  • Martin Keller, Director, NREL
  • Ashley Grosh, VP Environmental Affairs, Wells Fargo


Opening Speaker

  • Paul Hawken, Author


Morning Breakouts: Problems

  • The objective of this session is to identify and discuss the significant challenges faced in each sector. What are the greatest problems driving the needs for technology solutions? What technology solutions are currently being deployed but are falling flat due to low impact, and why?


Networking Lunch


Afternoon Breakouts: Opportunities

  • The objective of this session is to identify and discuss the most significant opportunities and promising solutions to the previously discussed problems in each sector. What sub-themes should the IN2 program focus on? Where are the greatest opportunities for innovation?


Round 3 IN2 Companies –Quick Pitch


Closing Comments

  • Gordon Feller, Co-founder, Meeting of the Minds



The Subject Matter Experts (SME’s) introduced below led breakout discussions with IN2 stakeholders to identify challenges, trends and opportunities in the following sectors: transportation, food/energy/water, and residential communities.


Alternative Transportation Manager, Colorado State University

Manager, Rocky Mountain Institute

President and CEO, NextEnergy

CEO, Prospect Silicon Valley

Executive Director, CDOT

Advanced Transportation and Urban Sciences Program Lead, NREL

Senior Engineer, NREL; Energy Fellow, Senator Cory Gardner


Business Technology Consultant, Xcel Energy

COO, Tendril

Manager, Residential Systems Innovation and Performance, NREL

Group Manager, Residential Buildings, NREL

Co-Founder and CEO, Whisker Labs

Principal, OZ Architecture

Director of Economic Inclusion, Emerald Cities Collaborative

Technical Manager, Buildings and Thermal Systems, NREL

Food Energy Water Nexus

Executive Director, ReFED

Director of Entrepreneurship & Talent

Lead Analyst, Energy-Water Land, NREL

Executive Director, Water Start

Director of Policy, Robert Daugherty Water for Food-Daugherty

Director, Environmental Technology Innovation Cluster Development and Support Program, EPA

Managing Director, S2G Ventures

Founder and CEO, Water Foundry, LLC