Techstars Alabama EnergyTech startup spotlight: TruSpin

Techstars Alabama EnergyTech startup spotlight: TruSpin
TruSpin plans to mass-produce nanofibers to make batteries store much more electricity. (contributed)

Over the next few weeks, Alabama NewsCenter will highlight the inaugural class of 10 startups participating in the Techstars Alabama EnergyTech Accelerator. The companies specialize in technology and business models to enhance the future of energy, including a digital marketplace for the electric wholesale industry, battery storage and microgrid solutions, and smart home software. Learn more about Techstars here.

Today we look at TruSpin.

Company Name

TruSpin Nanomaterial Innovation, Inc.

Company hometown


Leadership team names

CEO Robert Agnew; Chief Scientific Officer Anthony Brayer.

Robert Agnew, CEO of TruSpin. (contributed)

Alabama NewsCenter: What is your company’s overall focus and mission?

TruSpin: TruSpin’s mission is to enable the fulfillment of humanity’s loftiest ambitions in energy, medicine and space exploration. Right now, we’re focused on implementing our materials as an additive to the chemicals inside batteries to affordably increase energy density by multitudes. What’s holding back electric vehicle sales? Range anxiety and cost. Say goodbye to both.

Alabama NewsCenter: What inspired you to develop this company?

TruSpin: We realized the nanofibers that only TruSpin can mass-produce are useful in ways that are destined to change the world.

Alabama NewsCenter: What attracted your company most to the state of Alabama and the Techstars Alabama EnergyTech Accelerator?

TruSpin: We were already in Birmingham, and we already planned to use our materials within batteries to make them store more electricity. The opportunity to propose this awesome idea to the Techstars Alabama EnergyTech Accelerator came along at just the right time.

Anthony Brayer, chief scientific officer of TruSpin. (contributed)

Alabama NewsCenter: What does enhancing the future of energy mean to your company?

TruSpin: The total electrification of America is the future. A true breakthrough in battery technology will enable this, not the incremental improvements promised by the horde of firms currently cramming the battery innovation space. TruSpin’s advanced materials are that breakthrough.

Alabama NewsCenter: Other than moving your startup forward, what is the most meaningful, long-term learning or takeaway you hope to gain for your company by participating in the Techstars class?

TruSpin: We’re making lifelong friendships with mentors and cultivating the skills needed to build an organizational structure consisting of talent attracted to Birmingham from all over the world.

Alabama NewsCenter: What is the No. 1 thing you would like potential investors to know or understand about your company?

TruSpin: TruSpin is the only company in the world that can affordably mass-produce the essential material for making batteries store a whole helluva lot more electricity.

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