Moment Energy Wins $100K Grand Prize at Spring Activator's 2021 National Impact Investor Challenge

The 10-week program consists of pitches and training sessions empowering emerging impact investors and purpose-driven ventures.
Moment Energy Wins $100K Grand Prize at Spring Activator's 2021 National Impact Investor Challenge
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British Columbia, BC– Moment Energy, a Canadian cleantech startup repurposing retired electric vehicle (EV) batteries for sustainable energy storage, was awarded the grand prize of $100,000 as the winner of Spring Activator’s first-ever National Impact Investor Challenge, a 10-week program consisting of multiple pitches and training sessions that empowers emerging impact investors and purpose-driven ventures to make and seek impactful investments.

Participating startups are evaluated by the investor cohort on a combination of market opportunity and timing, quality of solution, business model, go-to-market, traction, and impact. Piloted in 2019 in Vancouver, this was Spring’s first Canada-wide Challenge, adding to the significance of Moment’s recognition as a top impact business from among the 150+ startups that applied for the program from across the country.

“Impact is core to Moment’s DNA, so we’re incredibly excited to be awarded the top impact startup in Canada,” said Sumreen Rattan, co-founder and COO of Moment Energy. “Our goal is to accelerate the world’s transition to renewables by creating the most affordable energy storage on the market, and we believe that we can do so by harnessing end-of-life EV batteries, which have on average 80% of life left when retired from the car. We’ve already partnered with Nissan North America and 3 other major automakers to establish a supply chain of EV batteries and deployed multiple pilot projects across Canada.”

“The team at Moment won the Challenge for several reasons,” said Keith Ippel, co-founder and CEO of Spring Activator. “Their potential for impact by upcycling automotive batteries and reducing/eliminating the need for diesel power is clear. However, it was all about the team. They consistently showed a desire to learn and grow, were highly coachable, and the result was a more focused plan, clear progress, and an outstanding impact plan.”

While demand for renewable energy is increasing, its adoption is slowed by the high cost of energy storage, which is critical to solving solar/wind intermittency. By repurposing retired EV batteries for a second-life application, Moment offers energy storage at a fraction of the cost of new lithium batteries while creating a circular economy for the exploding number of retired EV batteries.

Moment Energy is now raising its seed round, engaging with renewable integrators to bring second-life energy storage to market, and seeking partnerships with diesel-dependent customers for off-grid pilot projects.

About Moment Energy

Moment Energy is a Vancouver-based clean-tech startup creating sustainable and affordable energy storage systems by repurposing retired electric vehicle batteries. Their solution helps off-grid customers reduce diesel consumption and transition to renewables, and also provides peak shaving and backup power for on-grid commercial and industrial customers.

Moment Energy was co-founded by four tech entrepreneurs who met in the Mechatronic Systems Engineering Program at Simon Fraser University where they co-founded an electric race vehicle team. The team carries experience from Apple, Tesla, Intel, and Microsoft, and is a MaRS and Foresight CleanTech Accelerator portfolio company.

Additionally, Moment Energy was recognized as the Grand Prize Winner of the 2021 National Impact Investor Challenge held by Spring Activator. Moment Energy currently holds a Top Ten Finalist standing in the 2021 New Ventures BC Competition.

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As Moment Energy’s COO and co-founder, Sumreen leads the supply chain and marketing teams. She is responsible for the company’s supply relationships with the world’s largest auto manufacturers, and leads marketing efforts to establish Moment Energy as their trusted partner for repurposing end of life EV batteries.

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