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Jill Sims

Co-founder & Demonstration Track

“Innovation means dreaming of the impossible and making it happen.”

In 2012, Jill co-founded Energy Excelerator with Dawn Lippert to fill a void in funding and support for cleantech companies. She currently manages the Demonstration Track, the piece of our program that makes Energy Excelerator unique. Jill oversees funding, partnerships, and demonstration projects for Energy Excelerator Portfolio Companies.

Prior to Energy Excelerator…

Jill moved to Hawaii in 2008 from Colorado where she worked within the U.S. DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy managing and $80M portfolio of 40 R&D and demonstration projects for U.S. Department of Energy. Jill worked on energy projects at SRA International with clients such as the U.S. Pacific Command, assessing energy usage across all DoD bases and service branches in Hawaii. She also worked closely on grants strategy with the University of Hawaii and others, raising $38M for early education, STEM, and workforce development in Hawaii over a period of four years. 

As an engineer by trait…

Jill received her degree in chemical engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and started her career as a systems engineer at UTC Fuel Cells (now UTC Power) developing controls for fuel cell vehicles and auxiliary power units.

Outside of the office…

Jill enjoys playing with her two young sons Parker and Grayson; and spending time surfing and sailing with family and friends.