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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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Aaron Fitzgerald

CEO, Mars Materials

"LabStart unlocked doors to NREL I wouldn't have been able to open otherwise"

Our Growing Network of Partners


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


Managing Director

Deepa Lounsbury

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

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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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Program Manager

Troy Daley

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

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State-Level Partnerships

Megan Holcomb

Climate scientist, network weaver, and collaboration architect with years of experience working at climate related state agencies

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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

Cofounder, Third Derivative

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Daniel Kammen

Energy and Resources Group, UC Berkeley


Rachel Slaybaugh

Principal, DCVC


Shawn Garvey

CEO, Momentum

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Ian Adams

Managing Director, Evergreen Climate Innovations

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David Hochschild

Chair, California Energy Commission

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Erik Steeb

Director of Partnerships, EPRI

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.

Please reach out to connect!

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