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We can accelerate the development and implementation of the technologies we need to address climate change.

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Why We Can Accelerate Net Zero

In the race to net zero carbon,
every year matters.

We cannot afford to waste time, energy or resources on solutions that fail in execution or cannot scale. We need to “fail fast” with some ideas to accelerate others, and set up development programs for success in the execution phases by helping them make good decisions in the early phases.

Many innovation and product development programs encounter unexpected problems, cost overruns, and delays when things don’t work out as expected. They disappoint investors, customers and community stakeholders.

When innovation teams eliminate the root causes of these obstacles at their source, they deliver the right product to market faster.

They get from idea to launch faster, they scale faster and they start making a difference faster.

They change the world faster.



“We were expecting to get products out faster.
It actually did a lot more than that —
it helped us get the right products out faster.”

Celia Cheng

Sunpower, San Jose, CA, USA

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What is net zero and why accelerate it?

What Is Net-Zero?
From TED Countdown

IPCC Special Report on Climate Change, 1998

Climate Change: The next 100 years
From World Economic Forum

The Accelerate Net Zero Experience for startups

When teams maximize the value of the time they have to learn, they are more likely to either demonstrate that their technology is ready for the next level of investment — or learn faster that their idea is unfeasible or cannot scale so that they can pivot.

Either is a good outcome: the best ideas can move fast when potential investors have more confidence, and the unworkable ideas fail faster so that we can move on to more promising projects.


Past teams include:

  • Aeroshield: Insulating material for glass windows.
  • GroundStar: Carbon capture for industrial emissions.
  • Water Insights: Water monitoring in remote areas in developing nations.
  • Stealth startup in charging station technology for EVs.
  • Stealth startup in small-scale hydrogen generation.

Katherine Radeka is on a mission to share how teams working in climate tech can get their solutions out faster to start making a difference sooner.

She has already accelerated the development of climate tech by eliminating the root causes that drive late innovation failures. Today, her methods are accelerating solar, hydrogen and nuclear energy development.

She’s the author of four bestselling books on innovation:

  • When Agile Gets Physical: How to Use Agile Principles to Accelerate Hardware Development with Kathy Iberle, 2022.
  • High Velocity Innovation: How to Get Your Best Ideas to Market Faster, 2019.
  • The Shortest Distance Between You and Your New Product, 2nd Ed, 2017.
  • The Mastery of Innovation, 2012.

Katherine Radeka

Founder, Accelerate Net Zero Project

 I help innovators change the world — faster.

I’m the author of four books on innovation and the developer of the Rapid Learning Cycles framework for innovation. This framework is accelerating innovation on every continent except Antarctica.

I have a long track record of accelerating the development of products like printers, washing machines, coffee makers, forklifts and mowers. I’ve helped biotech, medical device, pharma and aerospace adapt the framework to fit their industries. Today, my methods are accelerating solar, hydrogen and nuclear energy systems, and helping consumer product companies deliver more sustainable products.

I know how to accelerate innovation.

I’ve already demonstrated that my methods work in renewable energy, transportation systems, food production and sustainable materials. I have already accelerated the development of the technologies we need to address climate change.

I also know that my clients’ experiences are much better than most innovation teams. Most products deliver disappointing results — or fail altogether. Most infrastructure projects take too long, cost too much and fail to deliver on their promises. We experience this with all the stuff we know how to build — skyscrapers, highways and high-speed rail.

For the next-generation electrical grid, the network of charging stations we need to get gas-powered cars off the road, and so many more, we can’t afford those types of failures.

Here’s what I do know: failure is not an option.

We can’t afford to waste the time, energy and resources we are investing on solutions that look great in early development but fail in execution — especially those that fail for reasons that could have been prevented with a different approach to early development.

So if it is possible to accelerate them by eliminating the root causes of the problems that plague most technology development programs, then that’s what we need to do.

The purpose of this project is to share everything my clients and I have learned about how to accelerate innovation so that we can develop solutions that scale to stabilize our climate in time.

We can accelerate net zero.


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Rapid Learning Cycles Institute

 The Rapid Learning Cycles Institute helps innovators get their ideas to market faster.

Many innovation teams get stuck in the late stages of development when they run into obstacles that they couldn’t see ahead of time.  Many of those obstacles trace back to decisions made in early development, when the knowledge needed to make good decisions wasn’t available, or at least not visible to the team.

The Rapid Learning Cycles framework fixes this by helping teams make decisions at the right time, with the right people and the best available knowledge.  When teams do this, they make decisions that don’t have to be revisited later.

RLCI offers books, training and other services in how to use the Rapid Learning Cycles framework to accelerate innovation.  We offer significant discounts to universities and nonprofit organizations.

Readers of this page can use the code accelerate-net-zero to receive 10% off any training or other purchase at RLCI.


Katherine Radeka
Accelerate Net Zero
PO Box 859
Camas, WA 98607

(206) 274-6179

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