Black & Veatch Unveils Cleantech Accelerator, Powered by LaunchKC

In Business Development, Entrepreneurs, Initiatives, LaunchKC by EDCKC Staff

This month, EDCKC’s LaunchKC and engineering and construction stalwart, Black & Veatch announced IgniteX Cleantech Accelerator. “The bottom line of the new platform is to attract scalable companies to the city to create more jobs and opportunities while growing our economy,” said Drew Solomon, Senior Vice President, Business and Job Development for EDCKC. The new accelerator will focus on renewable and distributed energy, mobility, agricultural technology, machine learning and AI, and other technologies or processes adding value to engineering services. The program will include equity awards, a 75-day period of collaboration with Black & Veatch and program supporters, along with a demo day in November.

“Partnering with LaunchKC is a natural extension of our effort to constantly challenge convention and advance the way we deliver value for clients,” said Hyleme George, Director of the IgniteX Cleantech Accelerator Program. “LaunchKC’s reputation for identifying attractive and innovative startups will ultimately result in access to a new and exciting pool of talent and great ideas.”

EDCKC is proud to power industry-focused business accelerators that provide a more complete bundle of benefits for entrepreneurs, including seed investment, connections, mentorship, and educational components. The new LaunchKC programs will feature public pitch days to showcase each cohort of entrepreneurs and the events are designed to accelerate their growth.

To apply for the IgniteX Cleantech Accelerator, visit: