Press Release: NC Cleantech Corridor Selects Next Cohort of Entrepreneurs to Accelerate Innovation Throughout Region

NC Cleantech Corridor Selects Next Cohort of Entrepreneurs to Accelerate Innovation Throughout Region

8 startups offer ‘net zero’ technologies for energy efficiency, smart grids, renewables, and more 

 

March 24, 2020 – Charlotte and Raleigh, NC – The team behind the North Carolina Cleantech Corridor have selected the newest cohort of cleantech startups and will connect them to regional partners over the next 90 days. A virtual event featuring the entrepreneurs will be hosted in April.

 

The eight startups selected for the cohort come from around the world - including two headquartered in North Carolina - but all specialize in ‘net zero’ technologies or services that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and environmental impact. Each company provides valuable solutions such as renewable energy, energy efficiency, and smart grids to help North Carolina communities, utilities, and industry reduce their carbon footprints.

 

“In these challenging times, we can help startups bring new jobs and investment to our region,” said Bob Irvin, Executive Director of Joules Accelerator. “By working smart and working together, our virtual accelerator will connect municipalities, universities, utilities and industry to drive innovative solutions and jobs throughout the greater Charlotte and Research Triangle regions. These eight companies can directly help North Carolina and we are excited to facilitate pilot projects and full-blown deployments to create economic and environmental sustainability across the Corridor.”

 

This is the third cohort hosted by the North Carolina Cleantech Corridor, a three-year partnership between Joules Accelerator and the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster (RTCC) to accelerate the deployment of clean technologies throughout the Raleigh-Charlotte corridor.

 

 

Cohort Members

 

Blue Box (Gardena, CA) – Blue Box helps customers improve the efficiency of HVAC systems with an enzyme based coil cleaning system.

 

Dynamhex (Kansas City, MO) – Dynamhex enables “decarbonization as a service” for municipal, industry, and individual clients with its gamified platform.

 

Eavor (Calgary, CAN) – The “Eavor-Loop” captures geothermal energy to produce steady and dependable heat and electrical power, with implementation opportunities almost anywhere.

 

EnKoat (Phoenix, AZ) – EnKoat reduces the overall HVAC costs for customers with a phase-change paint-like material.

 

Flux Hybrids (Raleigh, NC) – Flux Hybrids, a spinout from NC State University, is designing a universal fit, vehicle aftermarket hybrid conversion kit.

 

Good Solar (Charlotte, NC) – Founded by Ethan Blumenthal, the non-profit Good Solar connects other non-profits with affordable solar opportunities.

 

GridX (Munich, GER) – The GridX “gridBox” enables local energy management of decentralized energy units.

 

IND Technologies (Melbourne, AUS) – IND Tech detects and predicts primary and secondary faults on grid distribution networks.

 

 

Meet the Startups in Two Weeks

 

Over the next two weeks, Joules and RTCC will pair each company with North Carolina advisors to challenge their business plan, navigate the corporate and municipal ecosystem, and identify new business development opportunities.

 

In early April, Ernst & Young will host the entrepreneurs for business pitches in a public webinar. Details and registration will be made available at https://www.nccleantechcorridor.org/events.

 

The startups will work virtually over the next 90 days to connect with our communities, showcase their products and services, and land pilot projects with network partners.

 

 

About the North Carolina Cleantech Corridor

 

The North Carolina Cleantech Corridor is a $1.5m, three-year project to accelerate cleantech innovation and deployment along the Research Triangle - Charlotte corridor. The project will connect cleantech startups to diverse partners to drive cleantech commercialization across the region, market the region’s cleantech successes to external audiences, and promote cleantech entrepreneurship and career opportunities to underrepresented groups. The Corridor is facilitated by Joules Accelerator & Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster and funded by the U.S. federal government and North Carolina industry leaders. For more information, visit https://www.nccleantechcorridor.org/.

 

 

Media Contacts 

 

Bob Irvin

Executive Director, Joules Accelerator

(704) 458-4188 

bob.irvin@joulesaccelerator.com 

 

Susan Sanford

Executive Director, Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster

(919) 334-4078 

susan@researchtrianglecleantech.org

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