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In a building in Oakland, California, more than 100 software entrepreneurs are working on clean energy innovations. They’re members of Powerhouse, an incubator that provides co-working space and connections to venture capital.

Kirsch: “The synergies and the creative collisions that happen when you are side by side, that’s what makes Powerhouse unique.”

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Emily Kirsch co-founded Powerhouse after working with a start-up that crowd-funded loans for solar projects. She wanted to help other entrepreneurs launch and grow clean energy companies.

Kirsch: “I thought, okay, this is the San Francisco bay area – you know, the heart of global venture capital and clean energy innovation – there must be an ecosystem. Where is it? And so I spent 6 months trying to find it, and finally I said, ‘It doesn’t exist, but I’m going to try to create it.'”

And she did. Five years ago, while still in her twenties, Kirsch launched Powerhouse. It helps connect clean energy entrepreneurs to potential funders and clients.

Recently, Powerhouse announced it will also provide seed funding to dozens of early-stage clean energy companies.

Kirsch: “My hope is that Powerhouse plays a meaningful role in making clean energy the most abundant and affordable form of energy in the world in my lifetime.”

Reporting credit: ChavoBart Digital Media.