Emily Kirsch

Emily Kirsch

San Francisco born entrepreneur. Co-Founder and CEO of SfunCube. SfunCube is where solar entrepreneurs succeed.

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/kirschemily
Twitter: https://twitter.com/emilykirsch
Others: sfuncube.com
Oakland, CA
Member since March 08, 2014
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Investor interests
Type of investor Angel Accelerator Incubator Seed Fund
Typical investment size Under $25,000
Typical investments in a year 5
Categories of interest
Locations of interest
Credentials None
Investments made BrightCurrent, Standard Microgrid, PVComplete, UtilityAPI
Board seats Workforce Collaborative
Advisory positions The Academy, Capacity Global

I am a(n):


Companies I've founded or co-founded:
Companies I work or worked for:
SfunCube m
Achievements (products built, personal awards won):

20 solar startups in house
300 entrepreneurs employed by those 20 companies
500MW of solar installation contributions in the US and around the world
1 merger and 1 exit

If you're an entrepreneur or corporate innovator, why?

I want to change the world.

My favorite startups:

BrightCurrent, UtilityAPI, PVComplete

What's most frustrating and rewarding about entrepreneurship/innovation?

Most Frustrating: Traditional incubator and accelerator structures that don't serve startups
Most Rewarding: The scale and results of our impact

What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs/innovators make?

Drinking our own kool-aid

What are the top three lessons you've learned as an entrepreneur?

The ball is always in your court

Full bio

Emily Kirsch is Co-Founder and CEO of SfunCube. SfunCube accelerates the success of solar entrepreneurs by building the world’s most vibrant ecosystem for solar startups. With 20 solar companies in house and hundreds of entrepreneurs in the US and around the world, SfunCube is the world’s only solar exclusive incubator and accelerator. Prior to starting SfunCube with Sungevity Co-Founder and solar pioneer Danny Kennedy, Emily worked with Van Jones, who is a former advisor to President Obama, at the Ella Baker Center where she launched the Green Jobs Corps which lead renewable energy workforce development, the Oakland Climate Action Coalition which wrote the most ambitious Climate Action Plan in the US, and partnered with the solar startup Mosaic to pilot their investment platform in Oakland. Emily is a 2011 New Leaders Council Fellow and a 2014 Young Climate Leaders Alumni.