Energy Partnerships Innovation Center (dba EPIcenter)

aka Energy Partnerships Innovation Center (dba EPIcenter)   |   San Antonio, TX   |  epicenterus.org

Mission

EPIcenter propels energy innovation and thought for our global future with a think tank, incubator and accelerator, strategic partnerships, advisory engagements and critical conversations around energy. Its vision is to be the hub for energy innovation and thought leadership driving profound global impact. “EPI” stands for Energy, Partnerships and Innovation.

Ruling year info

2015

Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Kimberly M. Britton

Main address

P.O. Box 830534

San Antonio, TX 78283 USA

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EIN

47-3459829

NTEE code info

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The generation, distribution, and use of energy in all its forms is changing rapidly as the global community strives to make energy use less costly, cleaner, and more efficient. Every industry, every business, and every consumer are grappling with what the energy transition means for their business, home, and community. New technologies need to be scouted, vetted, tested, deployed, and scaled. Barriers to change, whether they are technical, regulatory, cultural or financial, need to be removed to allow this global transition to occur. Intermediaries between traditional utilities and oil and gas companies and the business community and general public can help engage a wider and broader audience in these discussions and initiatives. EPIcenter is a nonprofit energy innovation and thought leadership hub. The “EPI” stands for Energy, Partnerships and Innovation. It speeds innovation to make the production and consumption of energy smarter, cleaner, more resilient and more efficient.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

EPIcenter Thought Leadership

The EPIcenter Thought Leadership programs examine issues and trends related to energy for an engaged and astute business audience and savvy citizens. Its programs include an annual Summit that explores one particular energy-related topic, a quarterly Global Lecture Series featuring energy experts from around the world, and research/publications.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The EPIcenter Energy Incubator and Accelerator (EEIA) provides resources to emerging businesses focused on the advancement of energy innovation and technology. It offers four programs supported by certified coaches, core and customized curricula, mentors, and access to financing.

Population(s) Served
Adults

EPIcenter Advisory Services (EAS) consults with energy-related clients that need innovation support to identify, vet, and mature emerging technologies and/or manage innovation pipelines and projects.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of Applicants to EPIcenter Energy Incubator and Accelerator

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

EPIcenter Energy Incubator and Accelerator (EEIA)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of Clients Enrolled in the EPIcenter Energy Incubator and Accelerator

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

EPIcenter Energy Incubator and Accelerator (EEIA)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The EPIcenter Energy Incubator and Accelerator was launched in 2018.

Number of Enrolled Mentors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

EPIcenter Energy Incubator and Accelerator (EEIA)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of Strategic Partners

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

EPIcenter's Strategic Partners span the globe and are leveraged across all programs to curate program content, drawn down expertise, access resources, and produce joint events.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

EPIcenter propels energy innovation and thought for our global future with a think tank, incubator and accelerator, strategic partnerships, advisory engagements and critical conversations around energy. Its vision is to be the hub for energy innovation and thought leadership driving profound global impact. “EPI” stands for Energy, Partnerships and Innovation.

-- Strategic Partnerships – From the local San Antonio startup ecosystem to the international energy networks, strategic partners come from a wide variety of industries and geographies
- EPIcenter engages with about 80 strategic partners and a formal council of advisors who guide and support EPIcenter in its programming as well as in its leadership role within the global energy innovation community.
- Through these mutually beneficial relationships EPIcenter is able to maximize resources, access subject matter experts, speakers, and engage in joint ventures and projects otherwise not possible.
- Conversely, partners look to EPIcenter to convene ecosystems, incubate startups with promising technology, translate technical knowledge for broader audiences, and extend their impact and marketing visibility.

-- EPIcenter Energy Think Tank – exposes wider audiences to leading experts in energy innovation, evolution and implementation
- Annual Summits: examining energy issues and trends for an engaged and astute business audience
- Global Lecture Series: bringing global energy thought leaders to San Antonio
- Research & Publication: research/reports in the form of white papers on various topics highlighting energy innovation

-- EPIcenter Energy Incubator and Accelerator (EEIA) – provides curriculum, coaching, mentorship, connections (access to funding and fabrication laboratories) and services to startups in all phases of development to incite energy evolution
- EEIA maintains 12-15 clients at any given time under a rolling application process.
- Services include proven and custom curricula, mentors, certified coaches, access to fabrication labs and financing, and more as needed.
- More than 75 mentors from around the United States have been recruited and trained.

-- EPIcenter Advisory Services – syncs clients' innovation goals and aspiration with everyday realities
- Innovation Management: structures, codifies and drives the innovation process, gaining efficiencies and efficacy in the execution of innovation
- Client-Centric Engagements: custom services to meet specific client needs such as special projects and technical translation

-- Customized Services – Any service offerings can be custom-fit to a client’s needs based on EPIcenter’s core capabilities and resources

CPS Energy, Itron, Landis+Gyr and OCI Solar Power founded EPIcenter to propel energy innovation and thought for our global future with a think tank, incubator and accelerator, strategic partnerships, advisory engagements and critical conversations around energy.

The founders hired a CEO with four decades’ experience leading organizations in the sectors of energy, government, health care, and the arts with emphases in nonprofits, government relations and public and community relations. Her senior leadership team is uniquely and dynamically skilled in economic development, fundraising, marketing, innovation, incubation, programming and networking.

EPIcenter leverages the local, national, and international relationships of its Board, staff, Global Advisors, and Strategic Partners to build capacity for entrepreneurship, innovation and market expansion in the energy sector.

Advisors and Strategic Partnerships
EPIcenter engages with about 80 strategic partners and a formal councils of advisors who:
o Support the mission of EPIcenter and stay informed of its programs and services and help promote them via their own communications channels
o Provide counsel on important industry, regional and global energy-related topics as well as governmental and regulatory issues
o Help to curate and ensure the relevance of EPIcenter thought leadership events
o Facilitate cooperation and communication between the organization and the innovation and energy sectors
o Keep the leadership of EPIcenter informed of any issues, matters or trends relevant to EPIcenter’s role in and interaction with the global and regional communities
o Create networking opportunities
o Help tell the EPIcenter “story”
o Collaborate on strategic projects such as research and other programming
o Provide mentors for the EEIA
o Provide subject matter experts (ex. technical, regulatory, operations, marketing, finance, strategic planning, legal ramifications of intellectual property, risk management)
o Validate demand for EEIA start-up clients’ proposed products and services
o Identify specific needs for products and services that the EEIA can match with potential entrepreneurial problem-solvers

EPIcenter Energy Incubator and Accelerator (launched December 2017) — providing resources to emerging businesses focused on the advancement of energy innovation and technology
• Four programs are offered: Pre-Incubation, Incubation, Acceleration, and Associate Membership, with a robust mentoring platform serving all four programs
• Curricula and Custom services
• Certified Coaches on staff
• Access to financing
• Virtual capacity for non-local start-ups

Annual Summits (launched June 2017) — examining issues and trends related to energy for an engaged and astute business audience and savvy citizens
•Fall 2021: Emerging Energy Tech in the Real World
• September 2020: Power Trip LIVE
• June 2019: Plug Me In: Smart.Connected.Electrified.
• May 2018: Disaster Disabled | Resilience Reinvented
• June 2017: IoT: A Connected World

Global Lecture Series (launched June 2018) — bringing global energy thought leaders to San Antonio
• GLS IX (March 16, 2021): Steve Hennigan, CEO, Credit Human; Steve Straus, High Performance Building Leader, Glumac; David Dalton, Vice President and Director of Central Texas, Kirksey Architecture
• GLS VIII (October 21, 2020 ): Hunter Hunt, Chairman and CEO, Hunt Energy
• GLS VII (July 15, 2020): Global Advisors
• GLS VI (November 14, 2019): Jim Ajello, Former CFO Hawaii Electric Utilities and Cris Eugster, COO, CPS Energy
• GLS V (September 11, 2019): Former Texas Secretary of State Rolando Pablos
• GLS IV (May 14, 2019): San Antonio premiere of documentary “Thirst for Power” based on a book of the same title by Dr. Michael Webber
• GLS III (February 25, 2019): Dr. Marie-Luise Wolff, CEO, Entega (Darmstadt, Germany) and Paula Gold-Williams, CEO, CPS Energy
• GLS II (December 3, 2018): Tanuj Deora, Chief Strategic Officer, Smart Electric Power Alliance and Cris Eugster, COO, CPS Energy
• GLS I (June 28, 2018): Dr. Lynn Abramson, President, Clean Energy Business Network

Research/Publications (launched Fall 2019) -
• Volume I Issue I: Solar+Storage

Adding Fabrication Laboratory resources for EEIA clients (Winter 2021)

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Energy industry leaders and the general public

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Energy Partnerships Innovation Center (dba EPIcenter)

Board of directors
as of 8/16/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Don Reeves

Itron

Term: 2021 -

Paula Gold-Williams

CPS Energy

Carolyn Shellman

CPS Energy

Don Reeves

Silver Spring Networks

Jenna Saucedo-Herrera

San Antonio Economic Development Foundation

Tim Heinle

OCI Solar Power

Tim Weidenbach

Landis+Gyr

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/30/2021,

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/30/2021

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.