Ryan Kushner

Guest Speaker

Faculty in Energy and Environment, Energy, Innovation, Startup Investing, Corporate Innovation

Areas of Expertise

Accelerator Program  •  Climate Technology  •  Climate Investing  •  Climate Change  •  Energy  •  Opener / Closer  •  Moderator  •  Impact  •  GGC-Environment  •  Facilitator  •  Environment  •  Entrepreneurship  •  Corporate Innovation  •  Abundance

About Ryan

Ryan is an expert in climate technology commercialization and acceleration and the Co-founder and Director of Startups at Third Derivative (D3), a joint venture between Rocky Mountain Institute and New Energy Nexus. D3 now has the largest cohort of climate tech startups in the world, a $2M SPV to fund portfolio companies, $3T in market cap across corporate partners and $2B in deployable funds across VC partners.

Ryan started the New Energy Network, which is now one of the world’s largest networks of climate tech entrepreneurs and funders in the world. He has sourced and facilitated deals for hundreds of climate and hard tech companies that now are valued at $500M+ USD.

He is the author of “Accelerate This! A Super Not Boring Guide To Startup Accelerators and Clean Energy Entrepreneurship”, sponsored by the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, World Wildlife Fund, and New Energy Nexus, and featuring Y Combinator, Techstars, 500 Startups, Google X, and other innovation programs around the world.

Formerly, Ryan was Network and Curriculum Lead at New Energy Nexus, founding team of the Free Electrons global utility accelerator, faculty at Singularity University in Energy + Environment, advisor to Carbon180’s CarbonTech Lab, founder of The Oceantech Community, mentor at Techstars Energy and Big Ideas Ventures.

His life’s mission is taken from Buckminster Fuller’s World Game, which is to, “Make the world work for 100% of humanity (and life)“, and his epitaph will be “Let’s All Have Fun.”

Ryan Kushner (The Accelerator Guy) @ SXSW: Accelerators and the Inevitable Path To 100% Clean Energy

E-Capital Summit 2019: Ryan Kushner, Author of "Accelerate This”

Accelerate Energy Summit 2018 - Long Beach

Speaking Topics

  • Accelerators

    What’s an accelerator? Incubator? What’s the difference? How does an accelerator actually work? Are they worth it for entrepreneurs, companies, and investors? What pieces of advice should ALL entrepreneurs know (according to the experts)?

    From this talk you’ll be able to:
    – Understand accelerators from the perspective of an entrepreneur, investor, organization, or government
    – Learn how to grow your idea into a business through Lean Startup, Business Model Canvas, Customer Development and more
    – Understand if an accelerator is right for you

  • Climate innovation

    What’s hot? What’s happening?

  • Climate investing

    Using innovation ecosystems

  • Climate Science 101

    Are we going to be ok? How do we know what we know? What’s the history, and future?

  • Climate technology commercialization and the valleys of death

  • Corporates and climate

    Risks and opportunities in investing and innovation

  • The Inevitable Path To 100% Renewable Energy

    The Inevitable Path To 100% Renewable Energy (Sooner than you think… but not fast enough)

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