Joel Serface

Joel Serface

Austin Clean Energy Incubator


Joel Serface serves as the Director of the Austin Clean Energy Incubator. With an extensive track record as an environmental engineer pioneering “cleantech” investments and shaping public policy, Serface brings to CEI a wealth of expertise and experience in generating and nurturing clean energy innovations. The CEI is part of the University of Texas at Austin's IC2 Institute and the Austin Technology Incubator. Sponsors for CEI include the Texas State Energy Conservation Office (SECO), Austin Energy, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

Joel was previously a Partner at Eastman Ventures, the strategic investing arm of Eastman Chemical Company, where he pioneered the concept of convergent technology investing, and a Director at Sierra Ventures where he created its later stage investing program. He has also worked with Alliant Partners (acquired by Silicon Valley Bank), AMR Research, and Ernst & Young Management Consulting, and the Texas Senate Natural Resources Committee.

Joel serves on the Board of Advisors of the Texas Nanotechnology Initiative, Texas Governor's Task Force on Renewable and Sustainable Energy, and the Technology Ventures Corporation. Joel also previously served as a member of Steve Westly's Blue Ribbon Task Force on Nanotechnology and the California Nanosystems Institute (CNSI) . Joel is a founding member of Environmental Entrepreneurs, a community of professionals who believe that protecting the environment builds economic prosperity.

Joel holds his M.B.A. from the MIT Sloan School of Management where received the Patrick McGovern Award for Entrepreneurial Leadership for starting the first MIT Venture Capital Conference. Joel received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering with concentrations in Environmental and Biotech Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

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