Climate Innovators Café

Connect with an international group of innovators working on next-generation climatetech solutions at the Spring 2024 edition of the cafe.

Join an international gathering of innovators working on global solutions to climate change. The event kicks off with insights from Devon Battaglia, Head of Physics Operations at Commonwealth Fusion Systems – the Boston-based company dedicated to advancing nuclear fusion technology for clean and limitless energy solutions During the event, selected climatetech founders will take the stage to pitch their energy-focused startups. The presenters will include the participants in the Swiss-US startup exchange program Climate Collider, as well as Boston-based founders. Following the pitches, there will be the opportunity to network over drinks.

Limited pitching spots are available for energy-focused Boston-area startups. Please indicate your interest when registering.

Climate Collider, a startup exchange program powered by Swissnex and Innosuisse, aims to build a transatlantic startup community and foster international collaboration in climate innovation. The spring 2024 edition is dedicated to energy solutions.


  • 5:30pm – Doors open
  • 6:00pm – Opening remarks
  • 6:10pm – Keynote – Devon Battaglia
  • 6:25pm – Pitches
  • 6:40pm – Networking
  • 8:30pm – End

Event start time


Devon Battaglia, Commonwealth Fusion Systems

Dr. Devon Battaglia is Head of Physics Operations for the SPARC Tokamak at Commonwealth Fusion Systems, a Massachusetts startup commercializing fusion energy power plants. The Physics Operations team is responsible for using the SPARC device to answer key questions for the design of ARC, a fusion power plant arriving in the 2030s. Dr. Battaglia has been involved in fusion energy for his entire career, kicked off by a high school summer internship program at the University of Rochester’s Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE). He earned a B.S. in Engineering Physics and a B.A. in Music from Lehigh University and a PhD in Engineering Physics from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Prior to joining CFS, Dr. Battaglia worked for over a decade as a Research Scientist at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory.


  • Climate Collider
  • Swissnex
  • Innosuisse
  • PRS