Opportunities in Energy 2020

Mark your calendars to join TAEBC for its virtual Opportunities in Energy 2020 event on December 8, 2020, beginning at 3:00 pm EST! This virtual event will feature Commissioner Bob Rolfe as we discuss making Tennessee a destination for the electric vehicle supply chain and the Advanced Energy Economic Impact Report preview. RSVP here.

Run of Show:

  • 3:00 p.m. EST: Opening remarks
  • 3:15 p.m. EST: Presentation by Bob Rolfe, TNECD Commissioner
  • 3:22 p.m. EST: “Tennessee’s EVolution: Making the state a destination for the electric vehicle supply chain”
    • Panelists include:
      • Bob Rolfe, TNECD Commissioner
      • John Hopkins, CEO, IACMI
      • Mike Swords, Transportation Electrification Partnership/ LA Cleantech Incubator
      • Moderator: Tom Rogers, President and CEO, UT Research Park at Cherokee Farm
  • 3:47 p.m. EST: Audience Q&A
  • 4:00 p.m. EST: “AE Economic Impact Report Preview”
    • Panelists include:
      • Matt Murray, Director, Howard H. Baker Jr. Center
      • Amy Henry, Director, Transformative Innovation, TVA
      • Marc Gibson, Associate Vice Chancellor of Research, University of Tennessee
      • Moderator: Cortney Piper, Executive Director, TAEBC
  • 4:25 p.m. EST: Closing remarks
The event will be hosted via Zoom Webinar.

36|86 provides experience, exposure to EMN company Solar Site Design

Solar Site Design, an Energy Mentor Network (EMN) company, took the stage to pitch at 36|86 Entrepreneurship and Technology Conference in front of more than a thousand attendees. The company is based in Nashville, Tennessee.

Solar Site Design is a collaborative, cloud-based marketplace platform that connects sales-ready solar projects to leading solar companies to drive down customer acquisition costs.

The company was one of 36 companies that competed for the $50,000 FedEx Innovation prize, and while Solar Site Design didn’t end up walking away with the big check, they did succeed in several other ways.

“Solar Site Design was the only cleantech company presenting at 36|86, and it was an honor to represent the solar industry,” said Jason Loyet, Founder.

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The Energy Mentor Network’s goal is to foster the growth of Tennessee advanced energy technologies and startups by connecting entrepreneurs with mentors.

Solar Site Design has been meeting with its mentoring team frequently leading up to 36|86 getting strategic business, marketing and financial guidance by participating in a series of panels and discussions to better prepare them to raise capital and gain traction.

The company’s mentoring team includes Entrepreneur-in-Residence Harvey Abouelata, President of ARiES Solar, Domain Experts Coleman Adams, Managing Director of Crescendo Power, and John Hopkins, a Consultant and Business Mentor.

“Our mentors have been instrumental in advising and discussing our value proposition in the solar industry,” said Loyet.

He went on to say the Energy Mentor Network has better helped Solar Site Design broaden its message to include investors, stakeholders, and more customers.

“We’ve been working closely with ARiES Solar, not just as a mentor, but also as an active, participating member in our commercial marketplace,” said Loyet. “It’s incredible to have customers work with us.”

Solar Site Design will be making an announcement at the Intersolar Conference in San Francisco on July 10 involving a global Fortune 500 company.

“It’ll catapult us into the next step of the cleantech industry,” said Loyet.

Energy Mentor Network Spotlight: John Hopkins

The Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council is continuing its series of feature stories highlighting the mentors behind the Energy Mentor Network program offering industry specific expertise.

The Energy Mentor Network‘s goal is to foster the growth of Tennessee advanced energy technologies and startups by connecting entrepreneurs with mentors. This gives Tennessee yet another advantage in grabbing its more than fair share of the $1.3 trillion global advanced energy market.

The Energy Mentor Network is run by the Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council in partnership with Launch Tennessee.

In broad strokes, the Energy Mentor Network pairs mentors with promising new companies and entrepreneurs through a structured program involving panel presentations and mentoring sessions.

The purpose of the program is to develop quality startups. After completing the program, startups will have an investable pitch deck, a rock solid business model and a plan to establish more traction. These tools will position Tennessee’s entrepreneurs to raise capital, request other funds like SBIR grants, and scale their company.

This week TAEBC highlights John Hopkins. He is a consultant and after faculty and senior management roles at the University of Tennessee and UT Research Foundation, most recently served as the Senior Project Controls Manager for the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI).  John has a successful record as leader of multi-institutional teams, creator of new programs and better processes to support energy innovation and technology transfer, and innovator of unique solutions for industry problems. Many of these have required the development and management of complex partnerships with diverse working teams.

His experience ranges from basic research in laser-based diagnostics and laser materials processing, through applied development of patented surface alloying methods, to the commercialization of technologies emerging from basic and applied research via licensing and entrepreneurship. John managed the $24M TN-SCORE renewable energy research program, which included complimentary STEM and workforce development outreach to more than 80,000 students across Tennessee and led to the formation of start-up companies at UT Knoxville and Vanderbilt University.

His specialties include: Research-based technology development and commercialization, technology licensing, start-up business creation and support, and program development and management.

TAEBC is continuing to accept mentors for the Energy Mentor Program. If you are interested in this opportunity, please visit the “For Mentors” section of the Energy Mentor Network portion of TAEBC’s website.