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Demonstration Cohorts

The Grid Catalyst accelerator program focuses on demonstration and commercialization opportunities for late-stage startups. Demonstration cohorts are matched with established organizations in our Innovators Network that can be development partners and hosts for real-world demonstration of energy solutions.

Learn about our Demonstration Cohort program, which now receives support from Minnesota Energy Alley, including seed funding for pilot projects. The 2024 cohort was named in March. The 2025 application will open in June.

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Cleantech Innovation Pathways

Grid Catalyst is working with partners across the region to provide new opportunities for emerging innovators and entrepreneurs, including education, training, networking, and a new virtual incubator to be hosted in 2025. This platform will support earlier stage ideas and businesses to develop market transforming technologies and services, attract new investors to the region, create trade opportunities, and diversify and bolster our clean energy workforce. This work is made possible through a grant from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development and LaunchMN. Learn more about the program.

Workshops and Networking: Visit our Events page for the latest lineup of spring events.

Office hours: Are you an innovator, entrepreneur, or startup looking to build your idea or business? If you aren’t sure what to do next, let us help. The easiest way to connect is to schedule during our weekly office hours on Monday and Wednesday afternoons. Book here.


PowerNorth incubator

The PowerNorth Incubator features eight stellar energy and cleantech startups, selected for their potential to collaborate with Minnesota partners and accelerate their commercialization pathways. Startup technologies include battery storage, carbon sequestration, grid modernization and resilience, building energy efficiency, and charging technology.

Meet the PowerNorth Cohort

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