Energy & Mobility Startups in Michigan: Prepare for Investment with the Ascend Energy & Mobility Accelerator, powered by VentureWell, TechTown Detroit, and DOE’s EPIC Prize
This 6-week intensive program prepares startups for the partnerships and investment necessary to launch their venture. We are partnering with entrepreneurship hub TechTown Detroit to deliver this programming, which aims to help entrepreneurs bridge the gap between customer discovery and commercial launch. We’ve refined our process to help deep-tech companies over the last 27 years and bring this focused opportunity with support of the Energy Program for Innovation Clusters (EPIC) Prize from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Technology Transitions (OTT).
Applications are now closed.
- Spend one-on-one time with mentors: Learn from high-caliber mentors throughout the program who have experience partnering with energy & mobility startups like yours.
- De-risk your startup: With input from customers and other stakeholders, refine the problem you are solving, validate your value proposition, and define your beachhead market.
- Validate your financial model: Refine the numbers behind your business model assumptions to ensure a solid financial model ahead of fundraising.
- Collaborate and network: Connect with fellow founders and leverage the VentureWell mentor and investor network after the program.
Does Your Startup Qualify?
VentureWell will select 10 energy & mobility startups launching high-impact solutions located in Michigan. Startups must be committed and competitive!
Applicants should have:
- An innovation with a clear, positive impact that solves a real problem felt by customers, and has a compelling value proposition.
- Sector-specific solutions for energy & mobility companies only.
- A Michigan-based key founder or team lead.
- Exposure to lean startup methodology training.
- A company that is already legally incorporated or intending to incorporate in the near future.
- Technology Readiness Level 3 (proof of concept) or beyond, potential for intellectual property creation.
- Pre-seed status and have not yet raised institutional equity financing.
Erika Block, Lead Instructor
Investor, Advisor, and Entrepreneur, Sticky Lab
Lecturer, University of Michigan College of Engineering’s Center for Entrepreneurship
Kevin Blaser, Mentor-in-Residence
Energy Systems Expert
Marcia Dawood, Mentor-in-Residence
Angel Investor, Angel Capital Association and Mindshift Capital
Ellington Ellis, Mentor-in-Residence
Founder, Ellington Energy
Jade Garrett, Mentor-in-Residence
Founder, Positive Deviancy
Hard Tech and Energy Expert
Anne Maghas, Mentor-in-Residence
Angel Investor and Entrepreneur, Dash Group
Domineca Neal, Mentor-in-Residence
Angel Investor, Commune Angels
DeWayne Williams, Mentor-in-Residence
Angel Investor, Commune Angels
Connectivity Expert in Mobility
Regional Advisory Committee
Thank you to the following individuals who have helped advise and support the design and development of this program.
Managing Director, Sino Auto Insights
Mentor-in-Residence, University of Michigan Tech Transfer Office
Founder, Middle Third
Mobility Technology Lead, Michigan Small Business Development Center
Senior Mobility Strategist, Office of Mobility Strategy, City of Detroit
The Energy Program for Innovation Clusters (EPIC) Prize recognizes the nation’s most innovative incubators. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Technology Transitions (OTT), the EPIC Prize awards cash prizes to regional incubator teams that submit the most creative and impactful plans, then implement those plans to develop strong clusters, connections, and support for energy startups and entrepreneurs. Learn more.
This effort is funded by the Department of Energy’s EPIC (Energy Program Innovation Cluster) competition and supported by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and TechTown Detroit.
Questions? Email Tricia Compas-Markman.