The Heartland Climate Tech Partnership was founded in 2021 by Centrepolis Accelerator at Lawrence Technological University, Evergreen Climate Innovations, mHUB, and Spark Innovation Center to advance the commercialization of innovative climate tech and clean energy businesses across the Greater Midwest Region.
Project affiliates include the Chain Reaction Innovations based at Argonne National Laboratory, the Innovation Crossroads program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
The partnership helps to support and accelerate climate tech and clean energy hardware startups in the Greater Midwest. Partners support startups and small businesses via tailored accelerator programs, virtual and in-person events, sector-specific curriculum, mentorship, prototyping resources, and connections with industry.
By strengthening the regional cluster of accessible, best-in-class innovation resources, the Heartland Climate Tech Partnership will:
- increase the commercialization of climate tech and clean energy hardware technologies
- reduce energy consumption and emissions while increasing domestic manufacturing
- create U.S. intellectual property and well-paying jobs in the Greater Midwest
Energy Program for Innovation Clusters
In 2021, the Heartland Climate Tech Partnership received over $900,000 in funding from the Department of Energy’s Energy Program for Innovation Clusters (EPIC). EPIC is a $10 million funding opportunity created by the Department of Energy’s Office of Technology Transitions to harness regional ingenuity and resources, develop pipelines for energy technology to reach the market, and stimulate the formation of new businesses.
Reach out to learn more about opportunities with the Heartland Climate Tech Partnership and how you can get involved.