From Collaboration to Partnership
In 2010, Cole was completing his final semester of a mechanical engineering degree at the University of Texas San Antonio (UTSA). Participating in a Technology Entrepreneurship program matching graduating students with seasoned mentors, Cole was paired with Bill, a tech executive and former engineer. As Bill worked with Cole on his project, an electric motorcycle, each found a kindred spirit. The project was a winning entry in the UTSA Center for Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship (CITE) $100K Startup Competition.
The “eureka moment” leading to CoWatt and, ultimately, PowerFunnel came as Cole explored installing solar units on his own ranch. That process revealed the niche for a company specializing in rural solar and helped him define the unique needs and opportunities of that market. Reconnecting with his former mentor, Bill and Cole realized they had the drive and know-how to create a unique solar solution for rural customers.