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.



Libby Wayman   Investor, Breakthrough Energy Ventures

Libby Wayman

Investor, Breakthrough Energy Ventures

Mathew M. Nordan   Co-Founder, Prime Coalition

Mathew M. Nordan

Co-Founder, Prime Coalition

Brian Panoff   Shell Ventures Investment Director

Brian Panoff

Shell Ventures Investment Director

Martha J. Crawford   Senior Lecturer Harvard Business School

Martha J. Crawford

Senior Lecturer Harvard Business School

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.

Matthew is co-founder of PRIME Coalition, a pioneering nonprofit focused on breakthrough energy innovation, and Managing Director of the PRIME Impact Fund. He has spent 20 years focused on cutting-edge technologies as an investor, advisor, and analyst. Previously, Matthew was a venture capital investor at Venrock where he drove investments in Nest Labs and FINsix (power electronics).

Brian leads Shell Ventures’ East Coast and digital investment activities. Currently, Brian sits on the board of home energy monitoring company Sense Labs and on the Advisory Board of Greentown Labs, the largest cleantech incubator in the United States. Prior to joining Shell Ventures in 2017, Brian spent three years at Siemens Venture Capital (now next47) where he focused on software and cybersecurity investments. Brian graduated from Harvard College with a degree in economics (cum laude).

Martha J. Crawford joined the faculty of Harvard Business School in 2016, after an accomplished career as Chief Technology Officer and Executive Director, managing global R&D operations for multi-nationals in the energy and chemicals sectors. As CTO, Crawford led large, dispersed teams located in R&D centers on several continents, and thus experienced first-hand the complexities of change management and leadership in an international corporate setting.




  • Applications: October 19, 2018

  • Notification as a finalist: October 26, 2018

Eligibility: Teams must have at least one student who is part-time & raised <$250,000 in funding

See Agenda for day-of schedule

Please send any inquiries to Danny Marquez (



Professional Mentoring

The teams selected to compete will receive feedback on their business plans both before and after the competition from a panel of leading professionals in the venture capital, entrepreneurial and utility 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 prior to the day of competition to help polish demonstrations. Winners of the competition are awarded a $15,000 cash prize and are invited to a half-day mentoring session to help develop the team’s go-to-market strategy and solve early stumbling blocks. The winning team will be showcased on the Energy & Environment Club’s website until the next year’s competition. In addition, all startups chosen to compete will automatically receive two hours of free mentoring from members of the Energy & Environment club to use at a later date. Finally, the judges of the competition will provide one hour of mentoring each to the winning team.



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.