Front and epicenter

Welcome to Front and EPIcenter, EPIcenter's Energy Incubator and Accelerator spotlight! 
Each month, a mentor or startup client from our program will share their story about their experiences.

August 2019

Nils Frenkel - Mentor

#FrontandEPIcenter🌟 is back with a mentor spotlight this month on Nils Frenkel! Nils is a Director with Navigant Consulting’s Energy practice. He has experience working with software-as-a-service companies, consulting organizations, and startups. With this background, Nils was a perfect fit to work with EPIcenter Energy Incubator and Accelerator client Morton Gestalt, who is developing a smart platform that compares the energy models of building designs to real-world usage data.                          
Nils enjoys working with startup companies, asking questions, and bringing new perspectives to help them think through how to grow their business. “Try mentoring! It’s a rewarding experience to support these founders and help them succeed,” Nils said.                  

We appreciate all the hard work Nils and all our mentors do. If you are interested in becoming a mentor visit the mentor page.

June 2019

Go Smart solar - Startup Client

This month’s #FrontandEPIcenter🌟 features EPIcenter Energy Incubator and Accelerator startup client, Go Smart Solar, founded by Jason Pittman and Robert Miggins! Go Smart Solar aims to make solar energy as accessible as possible by developing innovative programs to lower the price and improve the user experience. Their newly launched program, Big Sun Community Solar, in conjunction with CPS Energy, allows residents to purchase solar panels on top of solar carports across the city and receive credit on their bill based on the energy produced by the panels.

“If you’re in the energy space, the EEIA has unparalleled insight into the industry and market through their members and global advisors,” Go Smart Solar said to startups considering applying for the EEIA.

The next application deadline for the EPIcenter Energy Incubator and Accelerator is September 8. Visit the incubator page for more information and to apply.

May 2019

Gautam shringarpure - mentor

Our first #FrontandEPIcenter🌟features mentor Gautam Shringarpure! Gautam manages the Corporate Finance Analytics and Debt Management teams for CPS Energy. His expertise is invaluable to startups navigating early financial decisions. “The EPIcenter Energy Incubator and Accelerator is a great way to match my skill set with startups on the cutting edge. It’s exciting to be part of the process,” Gautam said.

Gautam enjoys the collaborative nature of the incubator, not just with the startups but also between mentors. Startup client Morton Gestalt said, "Gautam asks great questions. With his mentoring we’ve been able to identify the financial metrics that track our health."

To potential mentors Gautam says, “Absolutely go for it! This is fun!  You can impact the future of energy, help young businesses, and help create jobs.” Thank you to Gautam for volunteering his time and talent!  Mentors like you are the backbone of our program.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor visit the mentor page for more information.