National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition

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The National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition inspired nearly 300 university teams across the country to create new businesses to commercialize promising energy technologies developed at U.S. universities and the National Laboratories. After pitching their business plans to panels of judges at the regional semifinals and finalssix teams 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.

Congratulations to:

NuMat Technologies from Northwestern University, the National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition grand prize winner

Navillum Nanotechnologies from the University of Utah, the winner of the online vote

Voting ran from May 24 until June 12. The team with the most ‘likes’ was announced along with the grand prize winner June 13 at an awards ceremony at the White House. 

Note: 'Likes' for each company were inspected and validated. 'Likes' cast by automated voting methods were disqualified. 

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.