About Ryan Kushner
Accelerator and Cleantech Expert
I love startups and the role they play in solving serious social and ecological problems.
Accelerators are one of the best tools I’ve found to help startups grow, and to connect money and meaning. Climate change is my issue and accelerators, incubators and prize programs are trimtab for positive change. I am the author of “Accelerate This! A Super Not Boring Guide To Startup Accelerators And Clean Energy Entrepreneurship", and leverage my experience and research to help design and run accelerator programs all over the world.
I had the pleasure to work at Elemental Excelerator, which awards companies with up to $1 million to improve systems that impact people’s lives: energy, water, agriculture, and transportation. EEx has awarded over $20 million to more than 50 companies, is funded by the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Department of Energy, state government, and the Emerson Collective (the investment and philanthropic platform founded by Laurene Powell Jobs).
I also helped create Free Electrons, a first-of-its-kind utility accelerator program, along with Elemental Excelerator, the California Clean Energy Fund, Swissnex and electrical utilities from Singapore (Singapore Power Group), Japan (TEPCO), Germany (innogy), Ireland (ESB), Portugal (EDP), Australia (Origin Energy & AusNet Services), and Dubai (DEWA). The program builds bridges between best-in-class cleantech startups and utilities, leading to millions in pilots and investments.
I have an MBA from the Presidio Graduate School, have lectured at UC Berkeley about climate change strategy and communications, was an Echoing Green finalist, entrepreneur, mentor, and strategy teacher at two MBA programs in the Bay Area.
My highest purpose is to support my amazing wife, Amanda Joy Ravenhill, the Executive Director of the Buckminster Fuller Institute.