America’s Next Top Energy Innovator Program is unleashing the National Labs’ unlicensed patents for use by startups -- and helping build businesses and bring energy technologies from the lab to the marketplace.
We do billions of dollars in business with small businesses every year at the Energy Department, contracting with businesses across the country to perform mission-critical work. While all small businesses we work with must prove their qualifications up front and their value to the tax payer, there are some that stand out as the cream of the crop in their work performance and efficiency.
High School student finalists in the 2013 Intel Science Talent Search competition are living proof that with the right skills, tools, and opportunities, innovation and discovery can happen at any age. That’s why the Obama Administration is placing a stronger emphasis than ever on equipping the next generation of American innovators in science, technology, engineering, and math—the “STEM” fields.