We’re a Public Benefit Corporation and Social Enterprise.

We support the United Nation’s Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

We measure our impact on these two global goals:



We create sharing energy communities where people purchase, save, and store energy smartly.


We envision a future where people will regulate daily energy use via APPs.
We’ll decide our electricity spend by adjusting consumption in real-time.
We’ll reach our budgetary and environmental goals with help from The Internet of Things(IoT).


Donna Sanders

CEO & Founder

MBA ’17

Mark Nyon


Wendy Wang

Data Scientist, Volunteer


Ola Olakeyede

Engineer, Volunteer

MS ’17 MSE

Alex Yale

Business DEV, Volunteer

BS ’17 international studies

Zeyu Ye

Software Engineer

MS ’17 Data Science

Kerry, Sustainability, Volunteer

Karan, Engineer, Volunteer

Mike, Project MGT, Volunteer

Adhar, Finance, Volunteer

Angela, Legal Counsel, Volunteer

Dmitry, BusinessDEV, Volunteer

Asumi, Finance, Volunteer



Social Solar, a social enterprise startup, was founded February 2017 by Columbia University graduate students. June 2017, we began working full-time on our business.

October 2016
Oct 5

Annual Fall Venture Fair

Oct 21-Dec 9

Design Studio Leaders Program

January 2017
Jan 9-13

Lean Launch Pad

Jan 20-April 30

Innovation & Entrepreneurship, IE

February 2017
Feb 1

Spark, a Space for Social Innovators Community Event

Feb 2-3

Columbia University Energy Symposium

Feb 3

Pitch @ Energy Symposium Venture Showcase

April 2017
April 19-23

Columbia Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator

Jan 20-April 28

Innovation & Entrepreneurship, IE

May 2017
May 3

Pitch @ IE

June 2017
June 5

Moved into Columbia Startup Lab


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