The symposium’s afternoon session will include our annual Startup Competition - or "Demo Day" - which brings together some of the field's most promising young ventures to present their value proposition to all of the symposium's attendees.


2019 Judges

Libby Wayman   Investor, Breakthrough Energy Ventures

Libby Wayman

Investor, Breakthrough Energy Ventures

Shayle kann   managing director, energy impact partners

Shayle kann

managing director, energy impact partners

Libby is a business and technology leader with experience in research, product development, entrepreneurship, corporate strategy, and venture capital. She has served as the Global Director of Innovation for GE’s Ecomagination strategy and led commercial development for the GE Ventures energy portfolio. Prior to GE, Libby served as the Director for the U.S. Department of Energy, Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative.

Shayle Kann is a managing director and leads research & strategy at Energy Impact Partners. Previously, Shayle spent over eight years building and running GTM Research, the market intelligence arm of Greentech Media, where he led a 30-person team tracking and forecasting the evolution of the electricity sector. Shayle oversaw this business through and beyond GTM’s successful 2016 acquisition by Verisk Analytics. He is also a Non-Resident Fellow at the Columbia University Center on Global Energy Policy.

2019 Details


  • Applications: October 16, 2019

  • Notification as a finalist: October 19-23, 2019

See Agenda for day-of schedule

Please send any inquiries to Reggie Smith (



Professional Mentoring

The teams selected to compete will receive feedback on their business plans before the competition from a panel of leading professionals in the venture capital and entrepreneurial sectors. Each team will have the opportunity to present their value proposition to a broad audience on the day of the competition.

Awards & Recognition

All teams that are chosen to compete on the HBS campus will have their business plans reviewed in detail by an extensive panel of professional mentors (prominent entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and executives from the energy industry) and given feedback to help polish demonstrations. Winners of the competition are awarded a cash prize (total funds available $15,000+)! The winning team will be showcased on the Energy & Environment Club’s website until the next year’s competition.



Networking & Community

The competition and concluding reception provide attendees with a unique opportunity to see breaking trends in the industry and forge connections with innovative professionals in the field. The teams selected to participate in the competition, will have the opportunity to set up an area to display their technology during the symposium.