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Dominion Energy Innovation Center Named as 2024 Strategic Awards Winner by Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator

Dominion Energy Innovation Center to host workshop at event for climate-tech startups with the funding

[Ashland, VA] –– April 23, 2024 –– The Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN²), a $50 million clean technology program, announced Dominion Energy Innovation Center (DEIC) has been selected as one of the winners of the 2024 Channel Partner Strategic Awards. The funding will enable DEIC to host a workshop, titled Working with Utilities: Building Relationships and Building Projects, at Camp Cleantech at CSU Spur in Denver, Colorado, August 12-14, 2024.

Now in its eighth funding cycle, the Strategic Awards program aims to nurture the IN² Channel Partner network. Since its inception, IN² has distributed more than $8 million through the Channel Partner Awards program, engaging thousands of entrepreneurs, students, investors, mentors, and industry experts. This year, IN² distributed $767,000 across 15 organizations within the Channel Partner network, equipping them to host impactful workshops at the pioneering event, Camp Cleantech.

Camp Cleantech is designed to immerse climate-tech startups in an environment ripe with knowledge-sharing and collaborative opportunities. The event aims to equip attendees with critical tools and insights necessary for navigating the complexities of startup life while providing unparalleled access to ecosystem leaders, premier partners, incubators, and accelerators.

“The significance of this year’s awards goes beyond the recognition of innovation; it embodies a concerted effort to elevate collaboration and engagement across the board,” said Sarah Derdowski, IN² program director at NREL. “Through Camp Cleantech, we’re setting a new standard in how we gather, inspire, and propel our community forward.”

The selection process for this year’s awards was informed by comprehensive surveys and insights across the Channel Partner network, highlighting the ecosystem’s most pressing needs and areas for development. The awards prioritize projects that offer unique expertise and address key themes such as financing resources, pilots and demonstrations with corporate or industry partners, and strategies for overcoming barriers to innovation.

DEIC’s workshop at Camp Cleantech is focused on walking attendees through several different examples – both hardware and software – of how early and mid-stage technology companies have successfully navigated from introduction through pilot project with Dominion Energy. Through four years of accelerator programming, DEIC has consistently found that early stage startups, even ones that have multiple sales in the energy industry, have a difficult time converting an initial customer meeting into defined use cases and progress towards pilot opportunities. This workshop will build on DEIC’s lessons learned and highlight successful ways that startups can overcome the common hurdles to a project. Participants will work with DEIC and Dominion Energy staff to hone their value proposition to utility customers.

Registration for Camp Cleantech opens May 1, 2024. For more information visit the Camp Cleantech website.

About Dominion Energy Innovation Center

The Dominion Energy Innovation Center, located in Ashland, Virginia, supports early-stage advanced technology companies by providing them with the collaborative space, guidance, and resources needed to accelerate their growth.

Founded in November 2009, the Dominion Energy Innovation Center accelerates great ideas across a wide spectrum of industry sectors in addition to its focus on building the clean technology sector in Central Virginia. Founding partners of the Center include the signature sponsor, Dominion Energy, as well as Activation Capital, the Town of Ashland and Hanover County. Learn more at

 About the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2)

The Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN²) is a $50 million clean technology program funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation and co-administered by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory. IN² advances clean technologies from ideation to commercialization—validating emerging startups in the built environment and infrastructure sectors, while facilitating connections with end users who receive practical implementation guidance in support of their sustainability goals. IN² is guided by a mission to foster innovation and increase market adoption of clean technologies to address urgent climate challenges. For more information, visit

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DEIC Media
Adam Sledd
Executive Director

IN2 Media
Camille Cater
Antenna Group