In Hunt for Decarbonization Solutions, Black & Veatch’s Incubator Launches Climate Tech Accelerator Program | Black & Veatch

In Hunt for Decarbonization Solutions, Black & Veatch’s Incubator Launches Climate Tech Accelerator Program

‘IgniteX Climate Tech Accelerator’ looks to speed the development of decarbonization, sustainable technology innovations

Recognizing that the world is in climate crisis, global engineering leader Black & Veatch is looking for bold, committed partners to help accelerate the development of decarbonization solutions. It is against this backdrop that the company kicked off its IgniteX Climate Tech Accelerator, a 12-week virtual program that provides funding and support to startup companies on the cutting edge of climate technology.

Throughout the program, Black & Veatch will pair with scalable-technology companies, offering them opportunities for mentorship, access to the company’s vast network of subject matter experts, product testing, pitch development, investor introductions and up to $50,000 in funding. The application is now open and can be found on the IgniteX Climate Tech Accelerator website.

“As the world approaches the point of no return on climate change, the need for inventive decarbonization solutions is greater than ever,” said Ryan Plekta, Vice President of Innovation & Strategy at Black & Veatch. “At Black & Veatch, we are committed to bolstering climate innovations that will make a difference at this pivotal moment. As we share our company’s vast resources and intellectual capital with innovators at the forefront of climate technology, we are proud to be a part of the progress to net zero.”

Desired topics of innovation include hydrogen, ammonia, carbon-neutral construction materials, consulting and road mapping, alternative fuels, carbon accounting and more.

Black & Veatch is a global engineering, procurement, consulting and construction company committed to innovating and deploying the newest sustainable infrastructure technologies. The IgniteX program is the external branch of the company’s Growth Accelerator, which has internal and external programs to discover unique opportunities and drive their rapid, profitable growth. The IgniteX Climate Tech Accelerator joins the growth accelerator to support external entrepreneurial efforts toward engineering climate solutions in infrastructure.

“At Black & Veatch, we foster a company culture that cherishes and uplifts new ideas and innovations. With our IgniteX challenges, we are able to extend that attitude outside the company, ensuring entrepreneurs seeking to change the world have the support and resources to do so,” said Steffanie Edwards-Hafele, principal consultant with Black & Veatch and co-lead of this year’s program.

The Climate Tech Accelerator marks Black & Veatch’s third annual IgniteX Challenge. Past challenges include the inaugural CleanTech Accelerator in 2019 and the COVID Response Accelerator in 2020. Since its creation, the IgniteX Challenge has received more than 400 applications, given $1 million in grants and in-kind services, and made 25 investments in startup companies.




Editor’s Notes:

  • For more information about the IgniteX Climate Tech Accelerator, including an application form, visit
  • Applications to the IgniteX Climate Tech Accelerator will be accepted from September XX, 2021 to October XX, 2021. The participants will be announced in January 2022, followed by the program start in Q1 of 2022.


About Black & Veatch

Black & Veatch is an employee-owned global engineering, procurement, consulting and construction company with a more than 100-year track record of innovation in sustainable infrastructure. Since 1915, we have helped our clients improve the lives of people around the world by addressing the resilience and reliability of our most important infrastructure assets. Our revenues in 2020 exceeded US$3.0 billion. Follow us on and on social media.


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