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Energy Transformation Collaborative: New Energy Ventures

The Energy Transformation Collaborative: New Energy Ventures (ETC), is a unique project-based energy innovation course that provides Stanford students with a platform to envision, develop, and create high-impact new clean energy ventures and to develop the skill sets that will enable them to be effective global clean energy innovation leaders going into the future. ETC is the only Stanford course focusing completely on energy and climate entrepreneurship.

How do we create and successfully scale the hundreds of energy ventures required to address the global energy challenge? In ETC you will learn how to identify, build, and scale new high-impact ventures in energy through a combination of curriculum- and project-based work. You will have access to engaging lectures on the ins-and-outs of business strategy, guest lectures from successful entrepreneurs, and one-on-one mentorship with an experienced teaching team.

Click here to access the course overview slides presented at the 2018 Energy@Stanford&SLAC conference.


ETC student Austin Sendek pitches his venture to guest speaker Vinod Khosla, Managing Partner of Khosla Ventures, while Prof. Joel Moxley looks on (Fall 2017).


Course Structure

ETC is a team-based course where students learn how to bring their promising new ideas in energy and climate technology to market. Students will either form teams outside the class before the quarter begins, or the teaching team will help match students that want to take the course with existing teams. In order to ensure teams will have the best experience in the class, ETC implements an informal application process whereby all teams must receive the approval of the teaching team before enrolling (typically an in-person meeting with the teaching team).

If you are interested in taking ETC, we want to hear from you! Whether you want to bring a new venture idea or team into ETC, or want to receive information about existing teams looking for additional teammates, please fill out the Google Form here.


Teaching Team

ETC is led by three Stanford Precourt Energy Scholars with decades of energy technology, business, and policy expertise: David Danielson (Managing Director of Breakthrough Energy Ventures, former Assistant Secretary of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy), Stuart Macmillan (a Chief Scientist at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory), and Joel Moxley (founder of Foro Energy and Rho AI; founding investor at Zero Mass Water, Rubicon Global, and Pie Insurance). Dave, Stuart and Joel will lead interdisciplinary teams who research, analyze and develop detailed launch plans for high-impact ventures in the context of a new energy development framework offered in this course. Teams will present their analysis and findings to a panel of industry leaders at the end of the quarter. This course will include a combination of lectures by the course instructors and outside energy leaders, in addition to extensive hands-on support to project teams from course instructors and staff. Past panel judges include Jagdeep Singh (QuantumScape), Cathy Zoi (Odyssey Energy), Ben Tarbell (X), Marianne Wu (GE), Shally Shanker (Schmidt Family Foundation),  Brook Porter (Kleiner Perkins), and Arun Majumdar.

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Fall 2018 Course Details

Meets Wednesdays, 2:30-4:20p in Green Earth Sciences 131.

If you have additional questions please contact the course TA, Austin Sendek (