Team registration is now open for students and faculty interested in competing in the EnergyTech University Prize 2024!

The EnergyTech University Prize (EnergyTech UP) from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Technology Transitions (OTT) challenges multidisciplinary student teams to identify a high-potential energy technology, assess its marketability, and pitch their strategies for commercialization—all while competing for a share of more than $400,000! The competition offers students the opportunity to build their leadership and entrepreneurial skills while providing exposure to all of the innovative energy technologies out there waiting to be commercialized. Plus, students get to network with industry professionals at regional and national events.

This year's competition also introduces a Faculty Track. Educators will compete for $100,000 in cash prizes for the successful development and implementation of educational activities (e.g., coursework, accelerator, program) that engage an increasing number of students on energy technology commercialization and entrepreneurship topics at their institution.

Energy Tech Up 2023 Winners

General competition schedule

  • Feb. 1, 2024: Registration deadline
  • Feb. 27-29, 2024: Regional Explore Events 
  • April 15, 2024: National Pitch Event 

If you are interested in learning more, visit the EnergyTech Up HeroX page and click "Follow". Students and faculty who are interested in competing are encouraged to create an account and click "solve this challenge" now. To officially submit an application, teams must also click "Begin Entry" and submit their 200-word summary of a technology to be leveraged and the related business opportunity by Feb. 1, 2024. 

Make sure team members—including future team members—follow the HeroX page to stay up to date on upcoming webinars and other key programmatic details. Interested students, faculty, and university staff are encouraged to sign up to attend our first informational webinar occurring Oct. 19 at 4 p.m. ET.

We look forward to another successful competition in 2024 and seeing even more innovative business plans from student teams! 

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