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DEIC Accelerate

Empowering Clean Energy Startups: DEIC Accelerate Fuels Success with Utility-Scale Pilots and Deployment Support

DEIC Accelerate is the Dominion Energy Innovation Center’s virtual accelerator program connecting energy and sustainability startups with their next major utility customer and potential corporate investor. Over 11 weeks, the DEIC helps cohort companies explore paid pilot projects at Dominion Energy and other commercialization opportunities across the Commonwealth.

DEIC Accelerate By The Numbers

4 Cohorts

32 Companies

$278m Capital Raised

770 Jobs Supported

More Program Details

DEIC Accelerate provides a platform to drive utility scale innovation and make a positive impact on the Commonwealth’s march towards net-zero. We are looking for seed-stage or later companies with innovative products or services that are ready to pilot at utility scale.

Power Generation

Low or no carbon generation sources from microgrid to utility scale.

Energy Storage

Battery storage, hydrogen production and storage, and vehicle to grid.

Grid Resilience

Risk assessment, grid reliability, and vegetation management.

Transmission & Distribution

Advanced conductors, synchrophasors, and umanned systems.

Data Centers

New efficiency, resilience, or power platforms to improve the design and operation of data centers.

Smart Grid

Distributed energy resource aggregation, energy efficiency, electrification, and smart city technologies.

We are looking for seed-stage or later companies with innovative products or services that are ready to pilot at utility scale.

DEIC Accelerate Program Structure


DEIC Accelerate runs 11 weeks between September and November each year.

Cohort Size

6 – 8 companies are chosen each year to participate in DEIC Accelerate.


Throughout the program, companies participate in various workshops and events, most notably the mid-program pitch to Dominion's Chief Innovation Officer and other leaders.


Each company is paired with at least one dedicated Dominion Energy corporate mentor who drives internal evangelism during the program and is tasked with helping to build the business case.


Companies should have at least one full-time employee and expect to dedicate 2 – 4 hours per week to the program.


Startups stay fully in control; DEIC does not take an equity position or maintain any IP ownership stake.

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The Dominion Energy Innovation Center (“DEIC”) announced today the seven climate tech focused startups that will make up the 2022 DEIC Accelerate cohort starting in early June. Companies accepted into the accelerator will spend four months receiving mentorship and developing pilot opportunities with DEIC’s partner network, led by Dominion Energy.