+ Talks & Panels

+ Networking

+ Startup Competition

September 14, 2016 | Austin, Texas

Kicking off the campaign to ETS17 on September 14, 2016, start@ETS, at Austin’s newest event venue 800 Congress, will be a fast-paced day around tech and energy to push knowledge exchange for startups, entrepreneurs, executives, and influencers. Hear from those forging new trails in digital grid, smart cities, transportation, mobile and energy management. This event also plays host to a startup competition, Battle Royale, with a $10,000 cash prize presented by Direct Energy. Part time-machine and part rearview-mirror – trust us my friends, you don’t want to miss this.



Sartup Competition

Learn & Apply



Breakfast + Networking | 9:00-10:00am

Talk #1: Reimagining Lifestyle and Home Design | 10:00-10:15am

A talk about minimalism, urbanization, and the smart home movement.

Dr. Jeff WilsonCEO & Founder, Kasita (Professor Dumpster)

Talk #2: Rise of the Machines | 10:15-10:30am

A radical network approach to transform our transportation system.

Chris HoffmanCEO, Ryno Motors

Panel #1: Selling the Connected Home | 10:30-11:15am

Examining technology and rising consumer trends inside the home.

Christine RichardsResearch Director, Zpryme [moderator]
Bashir BseiraniCEO, Avertra
Jed TrottVice President of Demand Response, CES
Garrett HesterDirector, Centrica Connected Home NA

Lunch + Networking | 11:15-12:15pm

‘Battle Royale: Startup Competition’ – Presented by Direct Energy | 12:15-1:45pm

Winner awarded $10k prize. Click button below for details.

Judges include: Garrett Hester – Director, Centrica Connected Home NA; Mitch Jacobson – Co-Director, Austin Technology Incubator; Karl Popham, Emerging Technologies and EV ManagerAustin Energy (TBD); Raiford Smith – VP Emerging Tech, EntergyStan McClellan  PhD, Director, Ingram School of Engineering, Texas State UniversityH. Christine Richards  Research Director, Zpryme; Shailiesh Shere  Assistant Director of Power Systems Public Works & Utilities, City of Port AngelesJuan Gomez  PhD, P.E., Interim Director, UTSA Texas Sustainable Energy Research InstituteSeyi Fabode  Partner, Asha Labs; Pedernales Electric Cooperative (TBD); CPS Energy (TBD).

Utility Pilot Award Announcement | 1:45–2:30pm

Announcement of Pilot Award

’77 Problems’ Screening + QA Panel | 2:30–3:00pm

An ETS Originals made possible by EDF Energy Services, join MaryAnne Brelinsky EDF Energy Services President, Dr. Massoud Amin University of Minnesota Professor, and Mark Ishac Zpryme Managing Director for a special premiere screening and panel of “77 Problems.” The documentary short travels back to the 1977 New York Blackout following Dr. Amin across the Big Apple as he recounts the day that not only shaped his resolute career, but also the energy industry.

Karl PophamEmerging Tech. & EV Manager, Austin Energy [moderator]
Mary Anne Brelinsky
President, EDF Energy Services
Dr. Massoud Amin
Professor, University of Minnesota
Mark Ishac
Managing Director, Zpryme

Talk #3: Start-Up and Corporate Collaboration | 3:00-3:15pm

A candid discussion how a start-up and major corporation can collaborate and innovate together.

David Meyers – Chief Commercial Officer, Grid4C
Garrett Hester – Director, Centrica Connected Home NA

Panel #2: Generation Meme | 3:15-4:00pm

Enlightening discussion how future generations innovate, express creativity, and communicate.

Austin RosenbaumResearch Analyst, Zpryme [moderator]
Heather House – Graduate Fellow, Emerging Technologies & Electric Vehicles, Austin Energy
Nancy Schreiber, PhDDean & Professor of Management, The Bill Munday School of Business, St. Edwards University
Mike Legatt, PhDPrincipal Human Factors Engineer, ERCOT

Startup Awards + Day-in-review | 4:00-4:15pm

Party + Live Music + Networking – Presented by CES | 4:20-6:15pm

Made possible by CES (Customized Energy Solutions), join us for an end-of-day networking party extravaganza with our pals Tito’s Vodka that includes food, drinks, music and more-music.

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Battle Royale | Startup Competition

$10,000 Prize

The Event

The Startup Battle Royale will feature five early stage startups that were selected from eligible applicants, pitching judges from the energy industry in front of the start@ETS audience. The victor takes away the Battle Royale Trophy and check for $10,000 made possible by Direct Energy. All final contenders will enjoy generous press, investor and industry attention.

Review Process

Prior to September 14, 2016, Zpryme and the judges will review applicants and choose the five contenders based on their solution and market potential. Applications are due by August 25th. Finalists will be announced on September 1st.

The Victor

Each contender has five minutes to pitch judges. The judges then have up to five minutes to ask questions. Following the last pitch, the judges go off stage to decide the victor. Once judge scores have been tallied, ETS representatives join the stage at the awards later in the day to announce the runner-up and present the victor with the Battle Royale Trophy and a $10,000 check.

Made Possible By

This award has been made possible by our partner, Direct Energy.

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Entries no longer accepted. Thank you to all those who applied.