Grid Catalyst Selected as DOE EPIC Semifinalist

The Department of Energy Office (DOE) of Technology Transitions has announced its semifinalists for the Energy Program for Innovation Clusters (EPIC) and Grid Catalyst is honored to be among the programs selected.

Twenty-four incubators and accelerators across the country were each awarded $50,000 in cash prizes for their high-impact ideas that support energy start-ups and entrepreneurs.

Grid Catalyst developed the PowerNorth Incubator concept to leverage the incredible ecosystem of energy, cleantech, and sustainability-committed companies in Minnesota whose expertise and market leadership can be game changing for innovators and startups. And Minnesota makes an exceptional place to test and launch solutions that can be resilient in cold climates.

Over the next 4 months, we will be building a network of corporate partners to support our pilot project and will be recruiting for startups to participate in this incubator.

More information will be shared in January on how partners and startups can get involved. Those interested can reach out to for more information.

The three-phase, year-long competition was designed by DOE’s Office of Technology Transitions to support robust energy innovation ecosystems as a means of increasing local business productivity, improving the commercial success of start-ups, and driving the pace of regional innovation.

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Nina Axelson

Grid Catalyst was founded in 2021 by Nina Axelson, an industry leader with nearly 20 years of experience in energy and sustainability. Previously, Nina was the VP of Sustainability for Ever-Green Energy and served on the board of the International District Energy Association.

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