This virtual event is the culmination of work by teams participating in the Maryland Energy Innovation Accelerator’s latest cohort. The winner of this pitch competition will receive $1,000 sponsored by the Maryland Department of Commerce. This event features four startups:
• Aqualith is commercializing the work of UMD Professor Chungsheng Wang to develop a ultra-high energy cathode, a novel silicon anode, and an aqueous electrolyte. The cathode was recently awarded the 2021 UMD Invention of the Year.
• HighT-Tech (www.hight-tech.com) has developed an ultra-high temperature catalyst manufacturing technology to create high entropy alloys.
• InventWood (www.inventwood.com) is an innovator of advanced wood materials that offer better performance, lower costs, and greater environmental sustainability over commonly-used alternatives.
• Manta Biofuel (www.mantabiofuel.com) has developed a cost-effective, distributed model for algae farming and transformation into crude oil that will provide renewable fuels.
The Maryland Energy Innovation Accelerator (MEIA), a program of the Maryland Clean Energy Center (MCEC), is a venture development and advancement program focused on commercializing advanced energy and climate technologies developed at Maryland-based businesses, universities, and federal laboratories. MEIA uniquely blends the “pull” of an early-stage venture development program with the “push” of accelerating existing pre-revenue businesses to create investible companies that will become the foundation of Maryland’s newest economic cluster.
MEIA wants to thank our sponsors Exelon, Maryland Energy Innovation Institute, Banner Witcoff, Clark Hill, Paley Rothman, Points North Studio, SnyderCohn, and Whiteford Taylor Preston.