Program Encourages Energy Start-Ups To Incorporate IT Solutions

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Entrepreneurs with innovative ideas to solve the world's energy problems using software are encouraged to apply for a chance to be a part of SURGE Accelerator. Through SURGE's Spring 2012 Program, entrepreneurs will be given an opportunity to turn their ideas into reality and bring their solutions to market.

The goal of SURGE is to accelerate and promote software start-ups at the intersection of energy and information technology. SURGE's acceleration program consists of a 12-week mentoring program, during which 10 finalists will receive $30,000 in cash, more than $20,000 in valuable in-kind partner services, be connected to over 80 SURGE mentors and be taken through a rigorous curriculum of relevant topics faced by energy start-ups.

Finalists will be announced in late January 2012, and the program will begin in March. SURGE Accelerator finalists will complete their curriculum by presenting to an audience of industry experts, media and investors in May 2012.

‘The intersection of energy and IT is vastly underserved by the entrepreneurial community,’ says Brian Landrum, former chief operating officer of Reliant and RRI Energy. ‘SURGE was created to fill this "white space' by providing a mentor-based program to help start-ups achieve faster and more meaningful new-product acceptance in established energy markets."

More information on the program can be found here.

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