$20M for Climate Change Technology Innovators

Innovators from across New Jersey can now take advantage of up to $20 million in funding from the Exelon Foundation and Exelon Corp., Atlantic City Electric’s parent company, to support startups and the development of technologies that help mitigate climate change.

The effort is part of the company’s Climate Change Investment Initiative, or 2c2i, launched last week as part of Climate Week NYC, a joint initiative of the United Nations and the City of New York that brings together business, government and institutional leaders to discuss climate-change actions.

“The effects of climate change are being seen across the United States, and we need to be taking the necessary steps today, to ensure a cleaner and brighter future for tomorrow,” said Dave Velazquez, president and CEO of Pepco Holdings, which includes Atlantic City Electric. “This initiative complements our own efforts to advance transportation electrification, energy efficiency, distributed energy and other clean energy technologies across our New Jersey service area.”

The Exelon Foundation will contribute $10 million over the next 10 years to fund the initiative, which will focus on clean energy and environmental technologies with potential for wide-scale commercialization.

Exelon Corp. will match that grant with up to a $10 million in-kind investment of pro-bono services, including mentoring entrepreneurs on ways to access other sources of capital, structure business plans, allocate financial resources and meet regulatory requirements. The startups also will be able to tap into Exelon’s internal innovation programs – Exelorate Growth, Constellation Technology Ventures and Partnership R&D – for counsel.

“Atlantic City is one of the few completely urbanized barrier islands in the region and strengthening coastal resiliency is critical,” said Peter Straub, dean of the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at Stockton University. “This new initiative builds on a growing network of opportunities, including our planned Coastal Resiliency Institute and blue economy incubator, that foster the entrepreneurial spirit needed to confront climate change and its impacts in South Jersey.”

Through 2c2i, the Exelon Foundation will concentrate on startups working on greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation or building local resiliency through climate change adaptation strategies, and that support achieving local sustainability goals that focus on:

  • Improving energy efficiency and/or supply to reduce GHG emissions.
  • Electrification of transportation to reduce GHG emissions.
  • Infrastructure/community resilience to increasing heat, storm and flood risks.

While the startup companies can hail from anywhere, they must be doing work that benefits one of Exelon’s six major urban markets, including Atlantic City, Baltimore, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. and Wilmington, Del.

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