Ilan Gur


Chief Executive Officer

Ilan Gur is the CEO of Activate, whose fellowship enables entrepreneurial scientists and engineers to transform their research into world-changing products and businesses. Activate's entrepreneurial fellowship model originated at Cyclotron Road, a Division of Lawrence Berkeley National Lab that Gur founded in 2014. As an entrepreneur, Gur founded two climate tech startups including Seeo, an advanced battery startup acquired by Bosch. He then served as Program Director at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency, ARPA-E. Gur holds Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He is an advisor to the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation in support of the Moore Inventor Fellowship and serves as a judge for MIT Technology Review's TR35 award.  

Sessions With Ilan Gur

Thursday, 4 March

  • 07:30am - 08:00am (CST) / 04/mar/2021 01:30 pm - 04/mar/2021 02:00 pm

    Agora Studio

    Agora Studio: How Will the Energy Innovation Ecosystem Evolve?

    Panel Innovation & Technology Energy Transition/Climate & Sustainability
    Although the cleantech innovation ecosystem—research institutions, entrepreneurs, financiers, and support institutions—is diverse and productive, converting cleantech discoveries and research breakthroughs into commercially viable, transformative energy systems has proven difficult. With incumbent energy systems economically efficient and deeply entrenched, cleantech innovation faces a fundamental dilemma—the scale economies necessary to compete require a large customer base that does not yet exist. How is our clean energy innovation ecosystem equipped to be transformative? What needs to be strengthened? Is it profitable to focus on individual elements, or should we consider the system holistically, and reframe our expectations?