Energy Mentor Network Spotlight: Dave Seeman

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 $1.4 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 is highlighting Dave Seeman. Dave is a Nashville native and co-owner at Fractal Hardware, a product development agency based in his hometown. Dave earned his B.S. in mechanical engineering at The University of Tennessee in Knoxville, during which time he worked at Duke Energy and became passionate about renewable energy. Dave’s familiarity with startups began later when he founded a web startup in Knoxville, a process to which he credits learning some quintessential lessons about starting companies, particularly in the Southeast.

After that, he returned to design engineering at URS, where he worked in material handling for the Uranium Processing Facility at Oak Ridge. Since then he has played a key role in developing products related to security, outdoor gear, surgery, law enforcement, and more. Outside of his day job, Dave is also a productivity and automation geek, novice programmer, and musician. To contact Dave, connect with him on LinkedIn.

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.

Energy Mentor Network Spotlight: Dan Hurst

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 $1.4 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 is highlighting Dan Hurst, president and founder of Strata-G, LLC. Dan has more than thirty years of environmental, energy and entrepreneurial experience, and he has led several startup service businesses. He has provided technical consulting and managed people and projects in the areas of environmental, safety, nuclear, and utility services for numerous federal, public utility, and commercial clients.

Under Dan’s leadership, Strata-G has grown to almost 200 professionals and has been recognized with four small-business-of-the-year awards, two Pinnacle Award finalist nominations for business excellence by the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce, and the Innovation Valley Navigator Award for community service.

Dan has an Executive Certificate in Management and Leadership from the MIT Sloan School of Business and a master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Tennessee, where he serves on the Board of Advisors for Civil and Environmental Engineering. He is the 2007 recipient of the Biosystems Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award, the 2012 TN Veterans Business Bravo-Zulu Award, and the 2015 East TN Economic Council Muddy Boot Award. Dan is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and received commendations as a Division Officer and Instructor in the Naval Nuclear Power Program. Dan currently chairs the boards of the West Knox Utility District and Knox Area Rescue Ministries.

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.

Energy Mentor Network Spotlight: Mark Patterson

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.

TAEBC is highlighting this week Mark Patterson of Patterson Intellectual Property Law. Mark has 35 years of experience counseling clients in the protection, management, and enforcement of intellectual property rights, including patent and trademark prosecution and licensing. As a former electronics design engineer, Mark works regularly with complex electronic, computer, and electro-mechanical technologies.

He manages patent and trademark portfolios for clients with significant domestic and global operations. Mark began his legal career as a litigator and for 30 years tried numerous cases and argued appeals in both state and federal courts. He was an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt Law School and has provided expert witness services in a variety of intellectual property disputes.  He applies all of this experience in providing cost-effective, strategic IP advice to businesses throughout the U.S.

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.

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 Company: Stone Mountain Technologies

The Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council is featuring the companies benefiting from the Energy Mentor Network program, which offers industry specific expertise from experienced mentors.

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.

TAEBC is featuring EMN company Stone Mountain Technologies. SMTI is a leading developer of cost effective, next generation heating technologies using sorption heat pump cycles. The company’s “thermal compressor” products enable a major leap forward in the way homes, businesses and water are heated, reducing energy costs, improving comfort, and lowering CO2 emissions.

TAEBC is currently accepting applications from Tennessee advanced energy companies to apply for the Energy Mentor Network program. If you are interested in this opportunity, please visit the “For Startups” section of the Energy Mentor Network portion of TAEBC’s website.