Meet Full Stack Steering Committee member Gregg Mast! Gregg is the Executive Director at Clean Energy Economy Minnesota. Connect with Gregg on LinkedIn.
Tell us about your background.
I’ve worked at the nexus of energy, policy, technology, and finance for nearly twenty years. Since 2016, I have led Clean Energy Economy Minnesota (CEEM) – an industry-led, nonpartisan, charitable organization. Our work is focused on elevating the business case for energy efficiency and clean energy solutions in order to accelerate our state’s transition to clean, affordable, and reliable energy.
Share your involvement with Full Stack Saint Paul.
I’ve served as a Full Stack Saint Paul steering committee member since 2018. During this time, it’s been incredible to be part of this collective effort to help connect and support innovators in our community. For example, Full Stack Saint Paul has been a tremendous resource in launching Grid Catalyst – the first and only clean energy accelerator in the Midwest working to deploy clean energy solutions for northern climate challenges by connecting entrepreneurs to project demonstration, mentorship and development, and investments to grow their business.
What do you enjoy most about working in the Saint Paul tech ecosystem?
While the list is long regarding what I’m excited about, the opportunity to grow a more diverse and inclusive workforce is at the top of the list. This will be key to ensuring and future-proofing Saint Paul’s competitiveness and attractiveness while expanding economic opportunities for all.
What are some of the most significant barriers for people entering into tech and innovative fields in Saint Paul you are seeing at this time?
The demand for skilled workers continues to increase. Directing and aligning resources to assist workers and employers to train, retrain and upskill is an immediate need. Helping to promote and connect innovators and entrepreneurs with the resources they need remains essential as well.
Are there any resources you’d like to share with entrepreneurs in the tech space?
Clean Energy Accelerator: https://gridcatalyst.org/
Minnesota Cup – Startup Competition: https://carlsonschool.umn.edu/mn-cup
Launch MN – Resources for Startups: https://mn.gov/launchmn/
STEM Internship Program: https://scitechmn.org/