Alum Troy Demmer ’11 makes Forbes’ 30 under 30 list

Grove City College alumnus Troy Demmer ’11 is identified by Forbes as an up-and-coming figure in the energy industry.

Demmer a co-founder of Gecko Robotics, is one of Forbes’ 2019 30 Under 30 In Energy, a rundown of “young stars” in the energy sector released this month by the financial magazine. Demmer and the others were selected by a panel of judges after an extensive review indicated “which of these precocious individuals are most likely to go on to change the world,” Forbes reported.

Gecko Robotics is a Pittsburgh-based company that uses wall-climbing robots to perform safety inspections at power plants and other industrial facilities. It has its roots at Grove City College, where Demmer, co-founder Jake Loosararian ’13 and others began to develop the company in the Center for Entrepreneurship + Innovation’s VentureLab. The company has raised $9 million in funding and logged $1.7 million in sales last year, Forbes reported.

Demmer earned a degree in Finance/Economics at Grove City College, attended Carnegie Mellon University and worked as a financial analyst with UPMC before Gecko took off. He credits his experience at Grove City College as one of the keys to his success.

“I had some very impactful professors at Grove City who really cared about my development. The College gave me a solid foundation that allowed me to get a great job out of school with UPMC, which enabled me to pick up so many of the skills and experiences I needed for Gecko,” Demmer said.

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Alum Troy Demmer ’11 makes Forbes’ 30 under 30 list

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