Energy Entrepreneurial Ecosystems: Challenges to Clean Energy Entrepreneurship and What 2021 Looks Like
Enabling clean energy entrepreneurship is an important component of building climate change responses and strong economies, and entrepreneurs are playing an increasingly important role in providing new technologies and new business models to help achieve emissions reductions. Clean energy entrepreneurship remains, however, a challenging task due to high levels of incumbency, complex regulation, and fundamental shifts in the way energy is produced, stored, and consumed.
In this talk I discuss how key components of the energy ecosystem are shifting to enable more clean energy entrepreneurial activities, and the challenges remain: 1. digital energy entrepreneurship in Germany and Australia; 2. the emergence of accelerators and incubators as ‘spaces of flows’ for capital, knowledge, and social connections; and 3. how accelerators open up the black box of entrepreneurship in clean energy transitions.
The talk is based both on academic research on international accelerators and incubators and work as the CEO of the distributed intelligence energy startup, RedGrid (www.redgrid.io).
Adam is a Senior Lecturer Faculty of Business and Economics at Melbourne University, and holds a doctorate from Oxford University in carbon finance. Adam is also CEO and Co-Founder of RedGrid; an Australian clean energy company using machine learning and distributed artificial intelligence to build an Internet of Energy. Adam has worked in climate change for nearly 20 years, helping organisations like the UN, World Bank, and the private sector improve clean energy investment and innovation, and helping build capacity for corporate execs and our young people on how to be climate leaders. He is also a regular on Channel 10’s The Project and has co-hosted ABC’s Catalyst on the amazing powers of seaweed with Professor Tim Flannery. He's also a keenly terrible surfer, happy air drummer, and budding voiceover artist.