Lecturer, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship
Thomas (Tod) Hynes is a Lecturer in the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship. He teaches Energy Ventures, a graduate-level course that guides teams of business, engineering, science, and policy students through the process of creating new energy ventures.
Hynes is the co-founder of the MIT Clean Energy Prize and chairs the judging process, which awards more than $500,000 in prizes. He also works with and advises startups and established companies active in energy. Hynes was the director of alternative energy for Citizens Energy for five years and launched the company’s wind development business. He successfully developed and sold over 230 MW of wind projects, and expanded the company’s wind business to include a project pipeline of over 2,000 MW. In addition to directing project acquisition, development, management activities, and operations, he assessed and developed new alternative energy business opportunities in energy efficiency, waste to renewable fuel, GHG offset projects, low head hydro, energy storage, and other sectors of the energy space.
Prior to joining Citizens Energy, Hynes was the principal director and co-founder of Strategic Energy Systems, a consulting and engineering services firm focused on distributed power generation and wind power. He also was the co-chair of the Energy Committee for CERC, the organization that “greened” the 2004 Democratic and Republican National Conventions, and has served on the steering committee of the Boston Climate Action Network since 2003.
Hynes holds a BS in management science from MIT.
General Expertise: $100K Entrepreneurship competition; Angel investing; Business plans; Elevator pitch; Emerging businesses; Entrepreneurial management; Entrepreneurship / New ventures; Innovation; New ventures; Startups; Technological innovation
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