If you’re a university student interested in low-carbon technologies and entrepreneurship, then this is the premier opportunity for you to pitch your idea. The Regional Clean Energy Business Plan Competition is accepting business plan submissions from today until March 2, 2012.
Across the country, six regional competitions will serve as platforms for students to come up with innovative business plans to transform great clean energy ideas into great businesses. Based out of California, Colorado, Texas, Illinois, Massachusetts, and Maryland, the regional competitions span the entire nation and all U.S. territories. Each region is unique in its own right, but they all share the common goal of bringing clean technologies to the market through creative business solutions.
If you live in the Eastern Midwest region (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Kentucky and Wisconsin), the time for you to develop a business plan and register is NOW. The Eastern Midwest region’s Clean Energy Student Challenge submission deadline is December 5, 2011. For the rest of the country, submission deadlines range from January 15 to March 2, 2012. You can learn more about each regional competition and the corresponding deadline here.
The six regional winners will each receive $100,000 in prize money and a chance to compete for a National Grand Prize at a competition held at the Energy Department in Washington, D.C., in the summer of 2012.
American ingenuity is the cornerstone of our ability to innovate and deploy clean energy technologies. What better place to harness this talent than at U.S. universities? The national and regional Clean Energy Business Plan Competitions are designed to unleash student creativity and address the country’s energy challenges by developing a new generation of clean energy entrepreneurs.
To learn more about the National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition, please visit here.
EASTERN MIDWEST REGION: Clean Energy Trust’s Clean Energy Student Challenge (Chicago, IL); Deadline: December 5, 2011
SOUTHWEST REGION: Rice University’s Rice Business Plan Competition - DOE Clean Energy Prize (Houston, TX); Deadline: February 17, 2012
SOUTHEAST REGION: University of Maryland’s Atlantic Coast Conference Clean Energy Challenge (College Park, MD); Deadline: February 20, 2012
NORTHEAST REGION: Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s MIT Clean Energy Prize (Cambridge, MA); Deadline: March 2, 2012
WESTERN REGION: California Institute of Technology’s First Look West (Pasadena, CA); Deadline: February 15, 2012
WESTERN MIDWEST REGION: University of Colorado’s CU Cleantech New Venture Challenge (Boulder, CO); Deadline: March 5, 2012