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Energy Start-Up 101: Beyond Innovations

Energy Start-Up 101: Beyond Innovations

Featuring Invenergy Future Fund's Amy Francetic, Tata Trusts' Manoj Kumar, and Switched Source's Charles Murray. Moderated by Axios Future Editor Steve LeVine. Opening remarks by Bala Srinivasan, Interim Head, Polsky Center, and Vice President, Global Initiatives & Strategy, UChicago. 

Every good company begins with a great idea. But how do you turn your great idea into a successful company? This process is difficult for any entrepreneur, but those in the energy industry take on the additional difficulty of addressing complex and long-term problems. Join EPIC and the Polsky Center for a conversation on what it takes to build an energy start-up and survive—from what makes a good pitch and how to get funding to the unique challenges energy entrepreneurs face today and the opportunities presented by falling energy costs.

The panel discussion will include Amy Francetic the managing director at the Invenergy Future Fund, Manoj Kumar, the CEO and co-founder of Social Alpha and head of innovation at Tata Trusts, and Charles Murray, the president and co-founder of the energy start-up Switched Source. Steve LeVine, Future Editor at Axios, will moderate the panel. Bala Srinivasan, interim head of the Polsky Center and vice president of global initiatives and strategy for the University of Chicago, will give opening remarks. 

Special thanks to our co-sponsors: The Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation, Clean Energy Trust, and Energy Foundry

This event is part of the UChicago Innovation Fest (May 1-June 3, 2018), which celebrates pioneering discovery and entrepreneurial endeavors at the University of Chicago. Led by the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the month of events, workshops and accelerator programs, including the globally recognized Edward L. Kaplan, '71, New Venture Challenge, highlights the breadth and impact of innovation at UChicago in the areas of entrepreneurship and research commercialization, scientific advancements, and social impact. Learn more here. 


Event Date: 

May 16, 2018 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM


Saieh Hall, Room 146

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