We move entrepreneurs and their small businesses forward by learning their needs, and coupling those needs to industry insiders. 

What do you need?

  • Do you need access to supply chain decision makers?
  • Do you need to meet someone who sees the value of your service or product?
  • Do you have your IP needs covered?
  • Is your business structured in an investor friendly way? 

At CLT Joules, we help you unlock your startup's potential by first understanding your team, value proposition, and go-to market strategy. We then tap our broad base of energy industry insiders from throughout the Southeast to help you realize your vision. Our team of associates and mentors have decades of experience in energy, entrepreneurship, and innovation.

Program Schedule: 2016-2017 



 August 24-october 12

Start by applying online. Click the link below to go to the application page. Complete the application, and submit it by October 5th, 2016 to be considered for the upcoming class. We will notify teams of our selection decision by October 12th, 2016. 


october 12-november 2

During the pre-program, we will prepare you for the November 3rd Breakout Event. Understanding you and your business will help us decide who among our consortium partners can provide the greatest impact for your innovation. 




The Breakout Event

november 3-5

We will fly you and one associate to Charlotte for three days starting on November 3rd. During this three day series, you will discuss your value proposition one-on-one with key industry insiders sourced from the CLT Joules consortium. On the first night, we will have dinner on the 46th floor of the Duke Energy Center with program partners. During this dinner, you will present your energy innovation to the group in a casual format. Over the next two days, you will meet with consortium partners to expand your professional network and to explore unique business development opportunities in the Southeast.

Travel, per-diem, and accommodations are covered by the program. 


November 6 - february 1

Between The Breakout Event and Demo Day, CLT Joules will work with you remotely to make sure that your business is prepared to pitch to investors. We offer assistance and advising with corporate structuring, IP management, marketing, pitch development, brand development, the brokering of strategic partnerships, and other fundamental business needs. Since each business is unique, we will work with you to customize your experience so that you achieve the greatest value over the next 90 days. 


Demo Day

February 2 - February 4

The final event of the 2016-2017 class will see entrepreneurs return to the Southeast to pitch their companies to both the Charlotte and Atlanta investment communities. The first half of the event series will be once more held in Charlotte at the Duke Energy Center's 46th floor. The second leg of the event will take the class to the Atlanta based headquarters of Southern Company. 

While not every Catalyst company will be specifically seeking funding, this is a great opportunity for the eight Catalyst companies to receive exposure to the investors of the broader region. 

Travel, per-diem, and accommodations will once more be covered by the program. 

Program Focus: 2016-2017

The three energy technology clusters

Does your business fit our program?

The CLT Joules Catalyst Program is looking for post-revenue, small businesses that fit within several broad technological clusters. These three clusters encompass technologies which stand to revolutionize the energy industry over the next decade. If you do not see your technology addressed below, but think that it should be eligible, please submit an application.



Cluster 1: Energy Analytics & Markets

The future of system efficiency rests squarely on the shoulders of efficient markets. Similar to gains in the banking industry with fintech, the energy industry is ripe for innovation in areas of large-scale data collection, and understanding what exactly that data means.


  • Distributed energy markets and analytics

  • Cyber security

  • Improved supply chain utilization


Cluster 2: Grid Modernization & Distributed Energy Resources

Improvements in distribution automation, microgrids, and energy storage integration are areas of energy innovation which are critical to the future of energy and domestic productivity. 


  • Electric vehicle integration

  • Energy storage technologies and integration

  • Distribution automation

  • Microgrids


Cluster 3: Efficiency

Reducing the energy inefficiencies of existing infrastructure and consumer facing technologies is an area of intense innovation. By limiting waste, the entire grid gets better, products last longer, and savings are passed directly on to the entire energy value chain. 

  • Demand response devices

  • Energy efficiency integration

  • Appliances, HVAC, Water heating, Sensors & Controls, Lighting

  • Building-to-Grid integration