Zach Lyman is a serial entrepreneur who has spent nearly 20 years at the crossroads of emerging technology and social impact.
A leading expert in distributed and decentralized systems architecture, Zach founded Zero-Base Energy in 2006 to create flexible, renewable energy, micro-grid solutions for those that exist beyond the traditional energy grid. Zach oversaw product development and system deployment across the most remote areas of 5 continents, delivering reliable and affordable renewable energy in the harshest climates. After securing multiple rounds of institutional investment and growing the company sales pipeline to sustainability, Zerobase was acquired by a private equity group in 2009.
As the founder and Managing Partner of Reluminati, a collaborative network of entrepreneurs, designers, engineers, scientists, & adventurers based in Washington DC, Zach continues to focus on improving community resiliency and solving challenges around impact technology deployment/adoption. Recent client work has included the design of impact strategies for fortune 500 companies like Audi, Kaiser Permanente, and Kingspan PLC; impact technology deployment for the Accenture Foundation supporting entrepreneurship training in Africa; Internet of Things (IoT) initiatives for the city of Washington DC; as well as strategic advisory to The U.S. Dept. of Defense, international NGOs, early stage startups, and high net worth impact investors.
Previous to Reluminati and Zerobase, Zach was a co-founder of Innovative Charitable Solutions (ICS), a consultancy that created and maintained emerging technologies for nongovernment organizations, and worked for Frogdesign in San Francisco, a global company that specializes in the fusion of product design, brand, and digital media.
In 2005 Zach was winner of the EcoVentures International Environmental Innovation Award.
He is currently a board member of Groundswell.org, which focuses on providing community solar access for lower income communities in the U.S.
He is a graduate of Wesleyan University