New Innovators Network partners to Collaborate on PowerNorth Incubator for Energy Startups

Grid Catalyst announces new Innovators Network partners to collaborate on PowerNorth Incubator

Leading energy companies, utilities, and higher education partners join efforts to mentor and advance startups in new incubator program. 

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Minnesota clean energy accelerator Grid Catalyst today announced the new partners in its Innovators NetworkCenterPoint Energy, Cummins, Mortenson, St. Thomas Center for Microgrid Research, and Xcel Energy

The new partners join the 2022 partners consisting of Fortune 500 companies, cities, and public institutions in support of a new incubator program, selected by the Department Of Energy Office (DOE) Of Technology Transitions as a semifinalists for the Energy Program For Innovation Clusters (EPIC).

The PowerNorth Incubator leverages 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. 

Selected startups will receive pitch coaching and training, have the opportunity to pitch to the regional experts in the Innovators Network, and compete for a spot in the virtual 6-week incubator. At the end of the program, startups will have a second opportunity to pitch – this time in Minnesota at our PowerNorth Showcase, sharing what they have learned and what big moves are next for their business.

Applications for the PowerNorth Incubator are due January 31, 2023. The program is open to startups at any stage of development.


About Grid Catalyst

Grid Catalyst is a Minnesota energy accelerator providing pathways for entrepreneurs and startups, with a focus on cold-climate technologies. The platform connects entrepreneurs to partnerships and opportunities through mentorship and development, project demonstration, and investments to grow their business. 

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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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