Danielle Fong

Danielle Fong (born October 30, 1987)[1] is a Canadian scientist and entrepreneur. She is the co-founder and Chief Scientist of LightSail Energy.

Danielle Fong
Danielle Fong at age 23
Born (1987-10-30) October 30, 1987 (age 32)
Alma materDalhousie University
Princeton University
OccupationCo-founder and Chief Scientist of LightSail Energy


Fong was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and was raised in the Dartmouth community there.[2] At age 12, she dropped out of junior high school, and enrolled in Dalhousie University, where she got her Bachelor of Science in Physics and Computer Science in 2005 at age 17.[3][4] She joined the Plasma Physics program at Princeton University as a Ph.D candidate, but later dropped out.[5]

LightSail EnergyEdit

In 2009 at Berkeley, California, Fong co-founded LightSail Energy with entrepreneur Stephen Crane and Edwin P. Berlin Jr.[3] LightSail Energy is developing a form of compressed air energy storage, which they term regenerative air energy storage (RAES). The company was initially backed by Khosla Ventures.[3]


In 2011, Fong was featured in Forbes' "30 under 30" entrepreneurs under the Energy category.[6] and interviewed by Forbes.com in a video titled "Danielle Fong May Save the World".[7] She was named by the MIT Technology Review as one of the top 35 innovators under 35 in 2012.[8]

She is a regular guest contributor to the Women 2.0 blog and was a featured speaker at the Women 2.0 PITCH Conference & Competition in 2012.[9]


  1. ^ Nicols, Georgia (October 30, 2017). "Daily horoscope for Monday, October 30, 2017". National Post. Retrieved January 17, 2018.
  2. ^ "Nova Scotia to test potentially revolutionary energy storage technology". CBC News. July 29, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c Holt, David (October 2014). "Reaching for the moon". Progress Media. Archived from the original on April 16, 2016.
  4. ^ Porter, Stephanie (October 7, 2014). "Eureka moments". Atlantic Business Magazine. Halifax, Nova Scotia. Retrieved January 17, 2018.
  5. ^ Garling, Caleb (July 2, 2012). "World's Most Wired – Steam Punk – Danielle Fong". Wired.
  6. ^ Helman, Chris; Gies, Erica; Woody, Todd (December 19, 2011). "30 Under 30 - Energy - Forbes". Forbes.
  7. ^ "Danielle Fong May Save the World" Archived November 22, 2012, at the Wayback Machine, December 19, 2011. Retrieved on January 24, 2012.
  8. ^ Review, MIT Technology. "Innovator Under 35: Danielle Fong, 24". MIT Technology Review. Retrieved January 17, 2018.
  9. ^ Chang, Angie. "Where Are The Women In Forbes "30 Under 30"?". forbes.com. Retrieved January 17, 2018.