Model & Strategy
Clean Energy Trust (CET) accelerates the development of businesses and technologies from the Midwest that improve the ways we create, conserve and use energy and other scarce resources. CET provides venture development services to startup entrepreneurs and researchers, funds clean energy startups, and advocates politically on their behalf at the State and Federal levels. CET connects innovators with diverse industry participants to foster new partnerships and to align market demand.
Erik Birkerts has over 25 years of operational and general management experience, including project financing and strategy development for energy efficiency and clean technology companies. He currently serves as a senior advisor to Metrus Energy (energy efficiency finance), and a board observer for GoElectric (smart grid) and SiNode Systems (advanced materials).
Erik’s co-DRK entrepreneur, Amy Francetic, left her role as CEO in December 2015 to join Invenergy and Erik moved from COO to CEO.
Since its inception in 2010, CET has served more than 262 companies at all stages of development.
CET has placed nearly $4M in funds with emerging companies. These companies have created 300+ new jobs and raised in excess of $100M in follow-on funding.
Clean Energy Trust News
Q&A: Clean Energy Trust’s New Leader ‘Extremely Optimistic’ About Midwest EnergyRecently, Clean Energy Trust announced that executive vice president Erik Birkerts would take over as CEO, picking up the reins from founding CEO Amy Francetic.…Dec 2015
Clean Energy Trust Awarded 8 Start Ups $1 Million in the Clean Energy ChallengePut on by Chicago’s Clean Energy Trust, the Clean Energy Challenge aims to seed clean energy startups and has been a launching pad for more than 60…Apr 2015