Save the DateLEEP SummitLab-Embedded Entrepreneurship ProgramJuly 11-12, 2022

Save the Date! July 11-12


Downtown Chicago at the Sheraton Grand Chicago Riverwalk Hotel. The event will be in-person but support remote participation (hybrid).

Reserve your room today! The Sheraton has a limited number of hotel rooms available at a special rate for this event.


The first ever LEEP Summit will be held July 11-12 to showcase the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lab-Embedded Entrepreneurship Program (LEEP). More than 50 startups are expected to participate in the Summit which will include a Clean Energy Fair, an Inclusive Innovation Panel, a Climate Tech Town Hall, and a Demo Day for graduating LEEP innovators. The summit will showcase all four LEEP nodes, four national labs, and the regional ecosystems these programs leverage to move clean energy technologies from the lab to the market.


The next generation of energy entrepreneurs developing game-changing clean energy technologies from across the nation. Invitees include:

  • Key stakeholders and startups moving science-based innovations into deployment at scale
  • Industries looking to deploy energy innovations to address climate change and a net zero 2050
  • Department of Energy Leadership, national labs, and programs supporting basic and applied cleantech innovation
  • Under-resourced & under-served groups and communities impacted by climate change


The challenge of meeting net zero 2050 goals requires moving new science-based innovations into deployment at speeds never before realized. LEEP enables the rapid movement of science-based climate innovations into market impact by providing full-time support for two years and access to the resources unique to the DOE’s national labs and their regional innovation ecosystems. Since 2015 100+ Fellows have been supported in the program and achieved remarkable success.

The Summit will also showcase the regional and national impact of the LEEP program while highlighting the value of inclusive innovation and diversity for early-stage clean energy startups.


To be contacted when registration opens or to learn about sponsorship opportunities, e-mail [email protected]


LEEP Summit Organizing Committee

  • John Carlisle, Chair, Argonne National Laboratory
  • Dick Co, Argonne National Laboratory
  • Joe Cresko, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Matherly Gainer, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Rachelle Ihly, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Johanna Jamison, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Thomas Kirchstetter, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Daniel Miller, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Christopher Oshman, U.S. Department of Energy Fellow
  • Kelliane Parker, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Heather Proc, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Janelle Richmond, Argonne National Laboratory
  • Melanie Sonsteng, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Paul Syers, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Kelly Wampler, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Deena Wright, Argonne National Laboratory


Local LEEP Summit Steering Committee

  • John Carlisle, Chair, Argonne National Laboratory
  • Lynnean Celmer, Argonne National Laboratory
  • Megan Clifford, Argonne National Laboratory
  • Dick Co, Argonne National Laboratory
  • Wenora Johnson, Argonne National Laboratory
  • Alex Mitchell, Argonne National Laboratory
  • Norman Peterson, Argonne National Laboratory
  • Janelle Richmond, Argonne National Laboratory
  • Diana Morgan Schmitt, Argonne National Laboratory
  • Holly Shearer, Argonne National Laboratory
  • Deena Wright, Argonne National Laboratory
  • Lee Zachos, Argonne National Laboratory

Karin Calvinho and Ted Krause

For the first time ever, the Summit will convene past and present LEEP entrepreneurs along with key climate change stakeholders, investors, and thought leaders from government, industry, academia and the U.S. climate innovation ecosystem.

Check out the Event Schedule