Propel Energy Tech

2019 Program Announced!

Take a look below to see #PROPEL2019’s Epic Roster of Keynotes, Companies, and Industry Leaders.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019


Exhibition Display Setup


Registration & Continental Breakfast


Welcome & Opening Remarks


Panel Session: Access to Capital

Looking to fuel the momentum of your venture? These investors have the knowledge and capital to propel your business to the next level. Listen in to a diverse group of bold venture capitalists as they tell you exactly what types of investments they are looking for at the 2019 PROPEL Energy Tech Forum.


Networking Break


Technology Showcase

Digital Oilfield

Bring on the game-changers! High potential Digital Oilfield technologies are showcased, along with their plans to deliver stunning ROI for adopters and generate lucrative returns for investors.


Technology Showcase

Resource Recovery & Management

Bring on the game-changers! High potential Resource Recovery and Management technologies are showcased, along with their plans to deliver stunning ROI for adopters and generate lucrative returns for investors.


Special Topics Session

Announcement Coming Soon!


Networking Lunch


Dual Keynote Speaker

“Bridging the Gap Between Corporate Energy Giants & Emerging Tech Companies”

Audun Abelsnes, Managing Director, Techstars Energy Accelerator

Jens Festvoll, Equinor Corporate Liaison, Techstars Energy Accelerator

Delve into the expert minds behind the first Techstars Energy Accelerator, as they share insights, successes and pitfalls from the first cohort. Managing Director of Techstars Energy Accelerator, Audun Abelsnes, is a serial entrepreneur and master level lecturer in venture creation. And, Jens Festervoll, as the corporate liaison for Equinor knows how to spot a game-changing energy technology that is ready for corporate adoption. Together they have the first-hand knowledge required to bridge the gap between corporate energy giants and emerging technology companies. Listen in at #PROPEL2019 as these Techstars Energy Insiders share how they are leveraging their collective expertise to build energy technology businesses of the future.


Panel Session

A Roadmap to Navigating Technology Adoption in Oil & Gas and Beyond

Technology adoption in oil & gas is difficult, and attempting to parlay success into outside industries comes with its own challenges and opportunities.  Hear from a veteran industry venture investor and entrepreneur CEOs as they share insight into their own path to success, what worked and what they might do differently next time.

Dirk McDermott

Managing Partner

Nick Vandivere


Steve Sliwa



Networking Break


Technology Showcase

Third Annual Alumni Rapid-Fire Pitch Session

Since last pitching at PROPEL, these outstanding Alumni Companies are taking the stage again to showcase their latest achievements
and key updates, as they navigate the road to commercialization.


Keynote Speaker

“Changing the Mindset”

Alex Epstein, Founder, Center for Industrial Progress

New York Times best-selling author, energy thought leader, and industrial policy expert Alex Epstein has joined the outstanding roster of speakers for PROPEL 2019. Alex’s philosophy “antipollution but pro-development” will immerse us in his eye-opening thoughts into how fossil fuels and technology will improve the lives of people—safely, cleanly, and effectively—for years to come.

His book, The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels, argues that if we look at the whole picture, human flourishing requires that humanity use more fossil fuels not less. The book has been widely praised as the most persuasive argument ever made for our continuing use of fossil fuels.


Closing Remarks & End of Day 1


The Official PROPEL Networking Reception

Join us in the Oval Room for cocktails, canapes, and reflections on the first day of presentations.

Thursday, February 7 | 8:30am-2:30pm


Networking Breakfast


Day 2 Opening Remarks


Fireside Chat

Corporate Innovation Leaders

Major energy leaders share elements of their strategic agendas for partnering with and acquiring emerging technology companies, and the integration process. Find out how they are committing to adopting earlier, becoming faster at assessing technology, and building earlier on-ramps for tech entrepreneurs as they look to commercialize.

Ricardo Angel

Managing Director


Sha-Chelle Manning

Vice President, Technology and Innovation

Tyler Williams

Venture Principal, Innovation Lead


Technology Showcase

Startup Spotlight Stream

With industry/technical feedback panel (announcement coming soon)

This inaugural Startup Spotlight showcase gives the hottest Early Stage companies an opportunity to present in front of the entire PROPEL audience for the very first time! Following each five-minute quick pitch, a constructive feedback panel of investors and corporate leaders will provide immediate feedback to the presenters.


Company Presentations

Environmental Stewardship & Advanced Materials

Bring on the game-changers! High potential Environmental Stewardship and Advanced Materials technologies are showcased, along with their plans to deliver stunning ROI for adopters and generate lucrative returns for investors.


Networking Break

Presented By:


Panel Session

A.I. Impact in Oil & Gas

A.I. is the most hyped technology in the world today, with media coverage extolling its impact across the global economy. But what does it mean for the oil & gas industry? How can industry benefit from this technology, where will those benefits be seen, and how does industry need to act in order to maximize those benefits? Join our panel with participants from E&Ps, investors, and AI technology vendors as they share their diverse perspectives



Technology Showcase

Carbon Utilization Stream

Presented by: NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE

Bring on the game-changers! Given the growing potency of the low-carbon economy, this exclusive Carbon Utilization Stream provides a unique opportunity to showcase how years of hard work, from a selection of the top Carbon XPRIZE companies, is transforming a key problem into lucrative solutions.


Dr. Marcius Extavour

Executive Director

Catalyzing the Market for CO2-based Products

This tech talk will provide an overview of the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE, a $20M global competition to convert CO2 emissions into valuable products like concrete, building materials, carbon fiber, polymers, food, liquid fuels, and more. Learn about the ten Finalists actively competing to win the XPRIZE, and the new trillion-dollar market for CO2-based products.


Networking Lunch


Best Presenting Company Awards Ceremony

Presented by CapitalRoad Foundation Chairman – Adrian Banica  


Keynote Speaker

“A New Era of Cleantech is Emerging: Trends, Drivers, Opportunities and Challenges”

Peter Tertzakian, Executive Director, ARC Energy Research Institute

In 2014, Peter Tertzakian gave a thoughtful and compelling keynote address on the business of energy transitions, at the inaugural PROPEL Forum. While 2014 was a pivotal year for the energy sector as a whole, it offered a huge opportunity for technology and innovation to infiltrate and re-shape the future of the industry. Five years later, Peter returns to the PROPEL Forum stage to take a look back at this energy transition, share with us how “A New Era of Cleantech is Emerging” and what the trends, drivers, opportunities and challenges are for the next five years.


Closing Remarks

*All of the above timings and sessions are subject to change without notice*