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We build bridges between
National Labs and diverse entrepreneurs to launch climate startups

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National Labs are creating thousands of breakthrough climate technologies every year...

...but structural barriers make it difficult for most to reach the market

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There are millions of diverse individuals who have what it takes to launch world-changing startups...

...but many don't have access to the technologies or resources to do so

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The LabStart Fellowship helps diverse entrepreneurs launch startups from National Lab climate technologies 

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Jigar Shah

Director, US Department of Energy Loans Program Office

"LabStart helps us achieve our collective vision of 'made (and invented) in America' by commercializing breakthrough inventions from our national labs and creating pathways to climate entrepreneurship for people hidden from the spotlight"

Our Growing Network of Partners

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The LabStart Team

LabStart is a 501(c)3 whose team has a over 30 years of combined experience working with climate technology, national labs, product innovation, and VC investing

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Chief Executive Officer

Head of Development and Investment Partnerships

Deepa Lounsbury

15 years of climate technology experience including renewable energy product commercialization, grant funding, and venture capital investing.

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Chief Operations Officer

Head of Technology and Institutional Partnerships

Megan Holcomb

Climate scientist and collaboration architect with 13 years in federal and state agencies, high-conflict consensus building, disaster planning, and community-led alliances. 

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Program Director

Head of Entrepreneur Success and Community Partnerships

Troy Daley

Previous founder of food services and battery startups. Experience running commercialization programs for US DOE offices and NREL technology managers.

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Board President

John Meissner

Developed $250M+ in climate tech commercialization initiatives for US DOE, national labs, and private clients. Current CEO of Ascent Analytics.

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LabStart Advisors

Our advisors include climate tech industry experts, academic experts, and state and federal government experts

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Sarah Jane Maxted

Deloitte, Sustainability Climate and Energy

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Bryan Hassin


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Etosha Cave

Cofounder and CSO, Twelve

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Audrey Lee

Senior Director of Energy Strategy, Microsoft

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Shawn Garvey

CEO, Momentum

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Cyrus Wadia

CEO, Activate Global Inc.

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David Hochschild

Chair, California Energy Commission

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Jonathan Tan

Cofounder and CEO, Coreshell Technologies

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Daniel Kammen

Energy and Resources Group, UC Berkeley

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Rachel Slaybaugh

Partner, DCVC

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Ian Adams

Managing Director, Evergreen Climate Innovations

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Erik Steeb

Director of Partnerships, EPRI

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Craig Tighe

Partner, DLA Piper 

LabStart is looking for partners

LabStart is actively developing partnerships with organizations and individuals that can support entrepreneur recruiting, technology validation, funding identification, and many other areas.

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