For Startups


No fees. No equity. No distractions.

At BRITE, we provide complimentary entrepreneur support designed to start and scale your energy technology solution. Whether you’re looking for your first prototype, patent, customer, investor, or grant, the BRITE team is here to help.

Membership Perks


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Join the dynamic BRITEnetwork, get connected to program and funding opportunities, and access a global network of mentors. BRITE’s robust community includes powerful people from academia, government, utilities, and innovative companies large and small.


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Milestone setting with a dedicated coach, insight and mentorship from BRITE Experts in Residence, and access to our strategic client roadmap. On a recent survey, 100% of BRITE clients indicated that they would recommend BRITE’s services to another entrepreneur.


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Gain publicity through BRITE and our partners including highlights on our website, BRITElights newsletter and video, social media channels, and more. Reach thousands of stakeholders to fundraise, hire, sell, and celebrate.


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Get connected to funding opportunities and receive pitch coaching and grant support. Connect with the resources you need to fund your project. In 2021, BRITE raised nearly $29M.


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Connect with other startups and industry experts at virtual and in-person events including BRITEside Chat, Pitch Practice, workshops, and various conferences. Visit our Events page to see more.


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BRITE members are encouraged to participate in our signature entrepreneur programs, BRITEbase, BRITEelevate, and BRITEascent.

Meet your Mentors

Each BRITE member company has the opportunity to work with seasoned veterans within their respective fields who mentor companies while setting achievable goals, including our team of Experts in Residence (EIR).

Frank Bryan

Expert in Residence

Randy Cole

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Ben Lachman

Expert in Residence

Rob van Haaren

Expert in Residence

David Solan

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Membership is complimentary for startups which are: 

  • Tech-enabled with an energy component 
  • Aligned with BRITE’s core values and mission
  • Able to complete a bi-annual survey with some company metrics 

BRITE is proud to have assisted over 600 companies developing technology based  solutions, working primarily in the energy sector. Our current members can be found here.

Yes! Learn more about the opportunities available through BRITEnetwork here.

While many of our startups are located in Ohio and Appalachia, we welcome qualifying  startups from anywhere.

Absolutely not. There are no fees or equity associated with BRITE Membership, just a bi annual survey.

While participation in our signature programs is voluntary, we strongly encourage those who could benefit from BRITEbase and subsequent programs to inquire and apply. Learn more about BRITEbase here.

Our Success
is Your Success.

Join our community of like-minded entrepreneurs and benefit from the experience and expertise of our industry-leading mentors. We are committed to helping you achieve your goals and accelerate your business growth.


Contact our team to see if BRITE membership is right for your company.