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Now in its second year, the 2013 National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition is inspiring university teams across the country to create new businesses to commercialize promising energy technologies developed at U.S. universities and National Laboratories. The competition is designed to build regional networks of student-focused business creation contests across the country, and was launched in 2011 as part of President Obama's Startup America Initiative. 

After pitching their business plans to panels of judges at the regional semifinals and finals, the six regional winners featured below have advanced to the national competition for a chance to compete in the popular vote and a grand prize determined by an expert panel of judges.

Vote for your favorite competitor to increase their chances of winning the People's Choice Award.

How is your 'like' counted? The number of 'likes' cast for each company will determine the winner. Voting will stop on June 12 at 4 p.m. EDT. The winner of the online vote will be determined by the number of 'likes' cast for their company. The number of 'likes' will not be considered in the matrix for scoring the grand prize winners of the National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition. Members of the winning team of the online vote will receive an in-kind prize.

Note: Individuals can 'like' one company or multiple companies more than once; however, if tampering by bots or other automated voting methods is suspected, the affected teams' voting entries ('likes') may be inspected and corrected to give an accurate representation of valid likes.

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Disclaimer: This exercise does not represent an endorsement of these companies by the U.S. Department of Energy.