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Stanford's only energy entrepreneurship course

Ugwem Eneyo and and Cole Stites-Clayton stand in front of a brick wall
Course Teachers Joe Moxley (far left), and Stuart MacMillan and Dave Danielson (far right) and students.

Stanford Energy Ventures is a unique Stanford course: It focuses completely on energy and climate entrepreneurship. Student teams envision, develop and create new clean energy ventures in the Precourt Institute class, (formerly Energy Transformation Collaborative). Each term, four teams of four to six students develop their projects as well as the skills that will enable them to become innovation leaders. Stanford Energy Ventures’ impact over the past three years:

• 30 projects have resulted in 16 startups
• $33.2 million raised ($27.9 private investment; $5.3 in philanthropic awards)
• 85 employees
• Four countries: United States, Uganda, Kenya and India

One company started – Fervo Energy – is bringing the technology of the shale revolution to geothermal power for the first time. Another – Swift Solar – is developing high efficiency tandem perovskite solar cells. Suryodaya is developing an affordable, solar drying system for agriculture products in India. The donor-supported class is offered autumn, winter and spring terms, and teams can take the course for multiple terms. It is taught by Dave Danielson, managing director of Bill Gates’ Breakthrough Energy Ventures; Stuart Macmillan, chief scientist at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory; and Joel Moxley, founder of Foro Energy and Rho AI.

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