Seven startups ready to participate in fourth annual WERCBench Labs Accelerator program

M-WERC was pleased to announce that seven startups have been selected to participate in the fourth annual WERCBench Labs accelerator program. Businesses selected for this year’s program include:


Advanced Ionics

Chad Mason

Westmont, IL

Advanced Ionics is a Midwest-based company developing new electrochemical energy technologies.  These will enhance our country's economy and security while decreasing greenhouse gas emissions.  Advanced Ionics is currently focused on a product for very low cost hydrogen production using electrolysis. 


Blue Line Battery

Dustin Herte

Whitewater WI

Blue Line Battery engineers and manufactures state-of-the-art industrial lithium ion battery systems for motive power and stationary energy storage.


ClearFlame Engines 

BJ Johnson & Julie Blumreiter

Woodridge, IL

ClearFlame Engines is commercializing a Stanford technology that enables alternative fuels to be utilized in a high-efficiency and low emission Diesel engine configuration, enabling a 40% reduction in CO2 emissions without loss of performance. This technology easily integrates into existing engine designs, and has the ability to displace Diesel-fueled technologies by providing a cleaner and lower cost solution, especially in applications/geographies where electrification is more challenging. ClearFlame has secured over $1M in competitive, non-dilutive funding for their work, and has cultivated grant partnerships with leading industry OEMs to support their R&D.


CyberPowered Home

Will Blanchard

Madison, WI

CyberPowered Home has developed a patent pending smart breaker box solution that benefits both homeowners and utilities by automatically sensing, interpreting, and acting on electrical use information. Homeowners can save an estimated 23 percent on energy bills while enjoying a more responsive and convenient smart home. Utilities can also benefit from demand smoothing, event response, and prediction to significantly streamline their operational costs and complexity.


Deeplight Systems

Samuel Aten, Bob Desaunoi & Kyle Puckhaber

Waterford, WI

Deeplight Systems is a cybersecurity startup that provides organizations with proactive cyber vigilance within their internet of things. With a user-friendly approach, Deeplight Systems' SaaS tool empowers its users with the ability to discover the root cause of connected device vulnerabilities and understand which solutions they need to prevent their exploitation. Delivering confidence, reputation, and peace of mind


Present Power Systems

Jason Katcha & Ezana Mekonnen

Whitefish Bay, WI

Present Power Systems (PPS) is developing a new class of extremely compact power electronics for the solar, energy storage, medical and automotive industries. We exclusively use new Silicon-Carbide switching devices coupled with advanced high-frequency magnetics and high-bandwidth digital controls to achieve size reduction versus existing products. PPS has pioneered the use of FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) digital control for high-frequency switching power electronics. The method provides very high bandwidth control allowing PPS to take full advantage of the new Silicon Carbide switching devices, for > 10X reduced size and > 4X increased efficiency.


Radiant Panel Technologies

Harry Giovanni

Cheyenne, WY 

Radiant Panel Technologies (RPT) markets new and proprietary radiant panel products and adapts them to applications in the North American market.  These panelized heating products may be integrated into a variety of product applications. All RPT Graphene products have a common invention and production connections that consist of proprietary Graphene conduction ink that is then bonded to a variety of surfaces for a myriad of applications.

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