Clean energy leaders discuss innovation at first regional summit

Omaha, Neb., June 17, 2010–National energy industry innovators and leaders met in Omaha, Neb., this week for the national kick-off of three regional meetings to discuss collaboration in clean energy innovation. At the meeting, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation released a report summarizing the discussion and recommendations made at the Energy Innovation Conference held at the White House last month. The Kauffman Foundation convened the Omaha event with the city of Omaha, Gallup and HDR.

“Clean energy has untapped potential to drive the economy and create jobs in America,” said Carl Schramm, Kauffman Foundation president and CEO. “It is a lagging industry because of intense regulations, which often hampers innovation. These meetings will help us build a national network of energy innovators who can connect the disparate players in the industry and catalyze high-growth energy business formation and growth.”

Scientists, entrepreneurs, innovators, venture capitalists, military and government experts, and others discussed policy and processes that can enhance all stages of the energy innovation pipeline. By the end of the summit, the group made specific recommendations to help grow energy innovation regionally and inform a national energy innovation network.

To help facilitate connections among energy innovators, the Kauffman Foundation has created the Energy Innovation Network to help entrepreneurs connect with researchers to develop new technologies, assist start-ups in finding customers and connect public and private entities, share policy and other information. Interested individuals can find out more at

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