Public, Society Benefit

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, 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

Cause area (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, 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 guides and amplifys ways to make the production and consumption of energy faster, smarter, cleaner and more efficient.

Our programs

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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
General/Unspecified

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
General/Unspecified

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
General/Unspecified

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

Context Notes

The EPIcenter Energy Incubator and Accelerator was launched in 2018.

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

Context Notes

The EPIcenter Energy Incubator and Accelerator was launched in 2018.

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.

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

EPIcenter propels energy innovation and thought for our global future with a think tank, incubator and accelerator, strategic partnerships, 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 Thought Leadership, EEIA and Advisory Services 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. -- Think Tank – exposes wider audiences to leading experts in energy innovation, evolution and implementation - Annual Summits (launched June 2017) — examining energy issues and trends for an engaged and astute business audience - Global Lecture Series (launched June 2018) — bringing global energy thought leaders to San Antonio - Between the Annual Summit and the Global Lecture Series, more than 400 people attended think tank events in 2019 with more than 30 experts participating in programming from more than a dozen strategic partners - Research & Publication (launched 2019) – research/reports in the form of white papers on various topics highlighting energy innovation -- Energy Innovation – provides curriculum, coaching, mentorship, connections (access to funding and fabrication laboratories) and services to startups in all phases of development to incite energy evolution - Energy Incubator and Accelerator (launched December 2017) — providing resources to emerging businesses (startups or early stage companies) focused on the advancement of energy innovation and technology - 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 57 mentors from around the United States have been recruited and trained. -- Advisory Services – structures, codifies, and drives the innovation pipeline process, gaining efficiencies and efficacy in the execution of innovation - EPIcenter provides consultation to clients (mature companies, ex. utility or other kind of established company) helping to evaluate and implement emerging technology -- Customized services – offerings custom-fit to a client’s needs based on EPIcenter’s core capabilities and resources - EPIcenter evaluates clients’ needs and can package programs and services to serve those needs. Examples include special projects and technical translation.

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, and critical conversations around energy. The founders hired a CEO with 37 years’ 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, 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 knows it is making progress by continually analyzing performance metrics such as: -- number of EEIA applications -- geographic distribution of EEIA applications -- yield of EEIA applications vs offer of enrollment vs actual enrollment -- number of mentor applications -- number of oriented and trained mentors -- EEIA client job creation, investment, funding, and payroll size -- media coverage -- social media engagement -- event attendance trends -- number of Power Network members -- revenue from Power Network memberships -- number of Strategic Partners -- speaking engagements -- basic brand recognition

EPIcenter Energy Incubator and Accelerator (EEIA: 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 • 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 VI (Novermber 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 2020)

How we listen

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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.
  • How is the organization collecting feedback?

    We regularly collect feedback through: electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees.

  • How is the organization using feedback?

    We use feedback to: 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?

    We share feedback with: the people we serve, our staff, our board, our funders.

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to: we don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback.

Financials

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Energy Partnerships Innovation Center (dba EPIcenter)

Board of directors
as of 6/8/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Cris Eugster

CPS Energy

Term: 2015 -

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

Keywords

energy, innovation, entrepreneur, leaders, economic development, incubator, accelerator