Some of the major Energy and Environment Focused Deals:
Lufthansa India is conducting a 1 minute pitch competition for innovative companies and entrepreneurs in India to showcase their product/service and compete for various prizes. One of my college classmates (Sandith Thandasherry, NavAlt Ltd) is the force behind India's first solar ferry in Kerala waters (artist rendering above). He is a semi-finalist in Lufthansa's Runway to Success competition and I request you to look at this product and cast your vote for Sandith/NavAlt.
Watch Sandith's pitch in "ET Now Channel" (in India). The episode will be on 16th Jul.
Direct link to clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppH7vO9Ha6M
vote for Sandith / NavAlt @
More about the Solar Ferry at: http://bit.ly/indSolarferry
Two main reasons why I am casting my vote for NavAlt.
1) He was my classmate at IIT Madras and I am thrilled for him. I have also had a first hand look at this during its development stage (May 2015). (see image of one half of the catamaran hull to your right)
2) More than being just a solar ferry, in my opinion, this is a great effort at reducing diesel and soot pollution of rivers and surrounding. This is one innovation that truly touches all walks of the society and deserves a lot of attention and replication.
I feel that by having a direct impact on the masses in a local setting, NavalAlt's solar ferry comes out ahead of several other app based products or ecommerce businesses in this competition, which seem to targeting mainly upper middle class and more elite strata of the society (nothing wrong with that from a business point, just my opinion on which product needs more of our support in initial stages).
Overall, the contestants who in my opinion have a broader societal impact are:
-- NavAlt - Sandith Thandasherry - Reduction of diesel pollution and improvement in air quality, mass transit solutions for all levels of society.
-- SustainEarth Energy Solutions - Himashu Mishra - Affordable clean energy, Clean cooking, rural youth employment
-- Genius EduLabs - Bala Bhaskar G.T. - Education, esp. of rural youth
-- Watsan Environtech - Chandrasekaran J - affordable clean water solutions, esp in urban slums
-- ePaisa.com - Naveen Khanna - B2B solutions in several languages, which helps more rural folks by having that language diversity available to small business folks.
Please spend a few minutes to review their 60 sec pitches and cast your votes. Like I said, NavAlt is the best in my opinion!
Disclosure: Although Sandith is my friend, I have NO investments in NavAlt or no business relationships with NavAlt or associated companies. All trademarks and trademark/copyrighted phrases are owned by respective companies like NavAlt, Lufthansa and other listed firms and we are mentioning them only in the spirit of journalism/news.
A quick list of resources - courtesy USISTEF
A better way to think of your business model - the Osterwalder method (on HBR)
Registering a Business in India
Business Data and Market Intelligence (DIY)
2 second response from me:
Use census.gov's tools: http://www.census.gov/data/data-tools/cbb.html
3 min read + 2 min video
In graduate school, one of the things I learned about giving presentations was to "know your audience".
This is very relevant to know as you can adjust your story and the presentation style to match the needs of high school students or undergraduate sophomores or a room full of post docs | professors | subject matter experts.
I learned to apply the same principle when it came to selling products or services. Know your audience, translates to "know your customers, potential customers". Where students and scholars look for knowledge alone, customers might look for knowledge and a product, or just the product, or just the knowledge alone.
In any case, it is crucial for you to know who your market segment is and how they are spread out through geographical or other territory.
A great way to find a lot of such information is through maps. If I wanted to look at age groups, then I look at US Census data (new window).
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the science-based federal agency dealing with the coastal waters of the US (among other things), has just put out its Small Business Innovation Research grant call for FY 2016.
Some key dates are:
Announcement date: Oct 16, 2015 (Link to FBO page)
Opening date; Oct 20 2015
Deadline for submission: Jan 14, 2016
Direct Link to the PDF of SBIR Phase I Solicitation
(Heads up: page 53 is where the real stuff begins, all the other things are governmental admin material)
A big tip:
Listen to the webinar.
Reach out to the topic manager by email and phone.
Contact your state SBDC to see if you can additional help with confidential technical reviews.
Other resources: Polar Center at Penn State
"A new framework from the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) that includes generation technology cost assumptions and an ensemble of future scenarios is being used to improve the robustness and comparability of electric sector analysis by the lab, academia and other entities in the energy analysis community.
NREL's Annual Technology Baseline (ATB) and Standard Scenarios have been used to inform U.S. region inputs to the International Energy Agency's (IEA) and Nuclear Energy Agency's recent report on "Projected Costs of Generating Electricity - 2015 Edition," as well as its ongoing World Energy Outlook analysis. The ATB is also cited in EPA's final Clean Power Plan rule as a source, recognizing the ATB as a current, consensus source for renewable cost and performance assumptions."
The European Union announced a major round of funding for research and innovation through a program called Horizon 2020 (seven years 2014-2020).
Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument implementing theInnovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe's global competitiveness.
More at: http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/
"By integrating our high capacity, high power and low-cost cathode with conventional anodes, battery manufacturers can create a super lithium-ion battery that can double the range of a Tesla, power an iPhone for 2 days straight, or store daytime solar energy for nighttime use."
The inventors of the jointly owned patent application include Dr. Alan Heeger (Nobel Prize winner 2000) and Dr. David Vonlanthen of UCSB, and Dr. David Lee, the Company’s chief executive officer and Dr. Stanley Levy, the Company’s chief technology officer.
From the Press Release
BioSolar is developing a breakthrough technology to double the storage capacity, lower the cost and extend the life of lithium-ion batteries. A battery contains two major parts, a cathode and an anode, that function together as the positive and negative sides. Today's state-of-the-art lithium-ion battery is limited by the storage capacity of its cathode, while the anode can store much more. Inspired by nature, we are developing a novel cathode based on inexpensive conductive polymers and organic materials that can fully utilize the storage capacity of conventional anodes. By integrating our high capacity, high power and low-cost cathode with conventional anodes, battery manufacturers can create a super lithium-ion battery that can double the range of a Tesla, power an iPhone for 2 days straight, or store daytime solar energy for nighttime use. Founded with the vision of developing breakthrough energy technologies, BioSolar's previous successes include the world's first UL approved bio-based back sheet for use in solar panels.
The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (India) just released guidelines on Batch III of Phase II under JNNSM (National Solar Scheme) for Grid connected Solar PV projects - 2000 MW.
These are the highlights from the numbers:
Source link http://mnre.gov.in/file-manager/grid-solar/Scheme-2000MW-Grid-Connected-SPV-with-VGF-under-JNNSM.pdf
Viability Gap Funding - General Definition
When the government (or any other body that is not a direct investor)
New Funding Opportunities have been announced by the US Department of Energy under the SMALL BUSINESS INNOVATION RESEARCH/SMALL BUSINESS TECNOLOGY TRANSFER schemes.
Full announcement and list of topics (pdf download)
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had been conducting a study of Hydraulic Fracturing and Its Potential Impact on Drinking Water Resources. (http://www.epa.gov/hfstudy/)
The EPA just released a draft assessment of the potential impacts to drinking water resources from hydraulic fracturing for public comment and peer review. Read the executive summary and the full draft assessment.
The EPA draft assessment clearly mentions "Do not cite or quote" at this point. So the purpose of this note here is to inform people about the draft report and of the upcoming public webinars revolving around this report and the study. You can find details on that below the jump.
This assessment focuses on the potential impacts from activities in the hydraulic fracturing water cycle on drinking water resources. We do this so federal, tribal, state, and local officials; industry; and the public can better understand and address any vulnerabilities of drinking water resources to hydraulic fracturing activities.
Click the underlined link to read about the Scientific Advisory Board's (SAB) review process for the draft assessment.
If you are interested in the public webinar on his Draft Assessment you can register on the Eventbrite link (new window)
EPA's June 5th, 2015 public webinar on the Draft Assessment is at 10AM or 2PM ET.