Eliot Peper, EiR & Director of Business Development

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Eliot is an Entrepreneur in Residence (EiR) and Director of Business Development at T2 Venture Capital, a seed stage venture fund focused on commercializing the most promising opportunities coming out of government and university research. He focuses on supporting portfolio companies, scouting and incubating new opportunities and advising governments on capital formation and innovation policy.

Before joining T2VC, Eliot was the co-founder and CEO of Insight Access. Insight Access advises clean technology companies, ranging from advanced energy storage and off-grid wind to utility-scale solar, on expansion into and engagement with Latin American markets. Insight Access works with a variety of clients ranging from distributed biomass and solar power generation to assess the policy and market environments for new technologies by analyzing factors like political risk, IP protection, siting requirements, incentive programs, tax benefits, market structure, tariffs, permits and investment rules. While at Insight Access, Eliot spearheaded a project to electrify an off-grid fishing village in Baja California with solar energy systems. He also advised entrepreneurs in a variety of clean technology sectors including biofuels, gasification, energy storage, bioplastics, waste management, solar, wind, smart grid, energy efficiency and environmental monitoring.

Eliot formerly led business development efforts for adaptiveARC, a high-technology startup with innovative plasma arc gasification technology that cleanly and inexpensively converts waste into energy. Eliot developed a technical background in waste to energy technology, patenting strategy and international energy markets. He co-authored a proprietary report on plasma arc technology with a team of scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs.He researched biomass and waste-to-energy policy and market environments, provided critical operational support and developed and managed multimillion dollar sales contracts for clients in Japan, Turkey and the United States. 

Eliot also incubated MyMedicalForum, a health IT startup that provides physicians with a secure mobile platform to communicate with peers, while enabling instant access to medical information, news and medical education resources in an easy-to-use format. He has advised South Pacific island nations on fishery policy and economics and has lived and worked in Asia where he studied at the International Chinese Language Program (ICLP), the world's top ranked Mandarin training center. 

Eliot is a Phi Beta Kappa and graduated as a Regents Scholar, summa cum laude from the University of California, Santa Barbara with with BA in Global Studies. He holds a Masters of Pacific International Affairs from the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IR/PS) at the University of California, San Diego. While at IR/PS he was the first environmental policy researcher at the new lab on International Law and Regulation. He participated in and contributed to the binational white paper for the U.S.-Mexico Cross Border Electricity Stakeholder Forum held at the Institute of the Americas with top level energy executives and government leaders. He also led a student team to the semifinals of the Cleantech Open Business Competition, the regionals of the Walmart Better Living Business Plan Competition and won the Grand Prize of the California Clean Innovation Conference's Fast Pitch competition.