EEC values staying in touch with students who have participated in past programming. In 2021, Evan Haug, a Case Western Reserve University student, took first place with his team members in the ideaLabs competition for their venture LEAF Solar Design.
Evan recently attended the Solar Power International Conference in Anaheim, California, and wrote to EEC, “We have 80+ solid leads on beta users and Helioscope, a major $2B player in our industry, paid us a visit on day three to express interest in a future partnership if our beta delivers everything we've promised."
"Our modest hopes of just 10 solid connections were far surpassed and we've had to accelerate our timelines to accommodate for the huge interest which has us all very excited.” Solar Power International Conference 2022
Since receiving their very first award from the EEC in the spring of 2021, LEAF has continued to receive awards from local organizations such as the Morgenthaler Pavey Venture Challenge at CWRU and the Northeast Ohio Student Venture Challenge (NEOSVF).
Their funding was put to good use on September 20th when Evan Haug (CEO), Jake Prusky (CTO) and 27,000 other solar professionals attended the Solar Power International (SPI) conference in Anaheim California.
LEAF's booth in SPI's Startup Alley drew the attention of hundreds of attendees and LEAF fulfilled their goal of promoting their Beta software by signing on 25+ companies for trial use of their solar-engineering plugin for AutoCAD.
EEC wishes Evan and his team continued success with LEAF Solar Design!