With the pandemic front and center, 2020 was anything but a normal year. Companies that failed to adapt fast enough were forced to close their doors and the energy industry was no exception: jobs were lost, business strategies were shattered, and budgets were eliminated.
The need for resiliency in the rough seas of the energy industry has never been greater. The ability to not only weather but thrive, in the face of major disruptions will be fueled by Resilient Innovation. Smooth seas never made a skillful sailor, and this pandemic provides an opportunity to those who commit to and successfully execute on significant innovation.
Innovation based on new customer needs and changing industry patterns will be even more important for business growth and, potentially, for survival. The collaboration between entrepreneurs and the energy industry provides additional innovative ideas, allowing the industry to meet the challenges of disruptive change.
To realize the positive benefits of disruption and change in our industry, the SPE-Gulf Coast Section hosted our 3rd annual Innovation and Entrepreneurship Summit for 2021 in Houston. Our strategic theme this year was "Resilient Innovation”, focusing on providing connections and insights that will enable you to weather the storms of the energy industry.
The summit was a curated platform to exchange experiences and opportunities, connecting global Innovators and Investors, Technologists and Entrepreneurs, Subject-Matter Experts, and Corporate Leaders in an exclusive two-day experience. Our program addressed how firms are navigating the current economics of the energy industry, alternative energy partnerships, carbon innovation, resiliency in innovation, and concluded with our interactive and competitive Shark-Tank event, highlighting the delivery of the next entrepreneurial solutions.
This On-Demand Series, hosted by SPE-GCS, comprises the six Keynote Addresses given at the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Summit for 2021.