Our 100 year vision and reason for existing is to
enable entrepreneurs to solve the world’s energy problems.
SURGE VALIDATES COMPANIES
SURGE validates companies innovating and exploiting the massive shifts in technology, policy, and expertise in the energy industry (this includes oil and gas, power and utilities, cleantech, and water). We are stage agnostic. We have invested in companies from infant idea stage to early revenue generation stage. It takes an energy technology over 14 years to go from idea to market acceptance. At SURGE, we believe that we can reduce that by over 50%. Our portfolio includes disruptive companies targeting traditional energy segments to clean energy segments to water.
Our core purpose is to enable entrepreneurs to solve the world’s energy problems. We do this by providing entrepreneurs access to world-class (& world-leading) experts, the global energy ecosystem, and a variety of capital sources.
KIRK COBURN Founder & Managing Director, SURGE AcceleratorKIRK COBURN
Founder & Managing Director
Hossein Rokhsari, Venture PartnerHOSSEIN ROKHSARI
JENNY LI Director of Operations, SURGE AcceleratorJENNY LI
JEREMY SWEEK Director,
SURGE AcceleratorJEREMY SWEEK
Our passion is to be the world’s best accelerator. Our focus is to identify and develop leaders that can build great companies, solve large industry and global problems, and build the world’s best ecosystem in the energy industry.
To achieve these objectives, SURGE has built an awesome team that exemplifies a culture, bounded by its core values and decision-making process. It starts with the culture, which is driven by our core values, our code, that we hold as sacred:
WE PUT ENTREPRENEURS FIRST
SURGE serves only one master: Entrepreneurs. They are the reason we exist, and we work hard every day to help them win.
WE ARE UNCONVENTIONAL
Don’t get us wrong – we have deep respect for tradition and roots. But we also push ourselves to challenge accepted truths and advocate for innovation.
WE SURROUND OURSELVES WITH A-PLAYERS
Culture and reputation are hard to build and easy to destroy. SURGE promises to connect our entrepreneurs with industry rockstars. We only surround ourselves with the best.
WE HAVE SKIN IN THE GAME
Having a will to win at all costs starts with having skin in the game. We want to be on par and aligned with our entrepreneurs. Without having skin in the game, it is too easy for entrepreneurs and team members to walk away when the going gets tough. Skin in the game demonstrates commitment. Our take can be read further on our blog.
KNOW THYSELF AND SEEK SELF-IMPROVEMENT
Leadership starts with understanding our own individual passions, strengths, and limitations and then finding ways to succeed. Knowing thyself is Step One in becoming a great leader. And leadership is core to SURGE and the underpinning legacy we are going to leave with our founders after they complete the SURGE program. We encourage our team to be courageous, to be interested in exploring themselves further, and then using this self-awareness to find ways to succeed.
WORK IS LOVE
We look for people who absolutely love what they do, because when there is passion, the hard work and long hours are simply part of the journey. Success is not about arriving. It’s about doing what we are called to do and doing it with conviction – the spoils are just icing.
“Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy. For if you bake bread with indifference, you bake bitter bread that feeds but half man’s hunger. And if you grudge the crushing of grapes, your grudge distills a poison in the wine. And if you sing though as angels, and love not the singing, you muffle man’s ears to the voices of the day and the voices of the night. All work is empty, save when there is love; and when you work with love you bind yourself to yourself, and to one another, and to God.”
Kalil Gibran, The Prophet
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