IMPEL+ Workshop: Apply to Become an IMPEL+ Innovator


DOE Building Technologies Office

Boston, MA

February 14, 2020

IMPEL Your Building Technology! Learn from expert coaches and perfect your building technologies pitch to critical stakeholders—with authenticity and confidence! Apply your new skillset to advance your building technology, program, or idea toward impact!

We are accepting applications for the two remaining IMPEL+ workshops in 2020:
Friday, February 14, 2020, in Boston, MA (priority deadline Wednesday, January 15)
Tuesday, March 10, 2020, in Golden, CO (priority deadline Tuesday, February 25; Saturday, February 1, for non-U.S. citizens).

Who Should Apply To Be An IMPEL+ Innovator

Do you have a building technology hardware/ software, idea, publication, policy, program, or patent that you want to drive to market impact? Do you want to learn to pitch to a potential funder, co-founder, private sector collaborator, or policy-maker, or gain access to test-labs or a manufacturing partner and receive real-time feedback through live coaching?

Apply to be an IMPEL+ Innovator.

To apply, you must be one of the following:

  • DOE National Lab researcher
  • Building Technologies Office (BTO) staff or fellow
  • DOE Small Business Innovation Research, Small Business Technology Transfer or Funding Opportunity Announcement awardee
  • University student who previously has been involved in a U.S. Department of Energy program like Solar Decathlon® or JUMP into STEM
  • Buildings entrepreneur

What Happens at IMPEL

At the one-day IMPEL pitch-coaching workshops, innovators receive hands-on coaching from expert IMPEL Coaches––successful Silicon Valley executives who have raised funds, built teams, invested in startups, and taken technologies to market. You explore potential pathways, articulate a roadmap and critical audience for your project towards entrepreneurship, or even 'intrapreneurship' within your organization.

Using storyboarding, live-coaching, on-camera training, and interactive exercises, IMPEL coaches you to develop and communicate a clear, succinct, and compelling value proposition of your idea with authenticity and confidence. You gain a market-propelled entrepreneurial mindset to drive towards skills, funding, teams, and resources for your projects, and to be a valuable asset to your research group and team.

Highly evolved pitches are selected for the IMPEL National Showcase at the DOE BTO Peer Review on May 4-7, 2020 in Arlington, Virginia.


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