Follow the EnergyTech University Prize for more competition updates. 

Following a successful first year of the competition, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Technology Transitions (OTT) is pleased to announce that 184 student teams from 124 schools have been selected to compete in the EnergyTech University Prize (EnergyTech UP) 2023. These student teams represent 44 states, the District of Columbia, and two U.S. territories.

During this first phase of the competition, students explore business opportunities for selected energy technologies and present their findings at one of 15 regional Explore Events (see table below).

At the conclusion of the Explore Events, one team from each region will be named Regional Winner and awarded $3,000 in cash prizes. In addition, up to eight teams will be named Technology Bonus Prize Finalists in each region. When the Explore Events have concluded, the DOE technology offices awarding the Technology Bonus Prizes will select one winning team from that technology area to receive a $25,000 award. 

The winner of OTT-specific National Lab Technology IP Licensing Bonus Prize will also be invited to join the Regional Winners in pitching at the national competition at Zpryme’s Energy Thought Summit in Austin, Texas, this April.

Congratulations to the EnergyTech UP 2023 Schools

Please join us in congratulating the following schools for being selected to participate in EnergyTech UP 2023!

Map of EnergyTech UP 2023 Schools
  • American Samoa Community College
  • Appalachian State University
  • Arizona State University
  • Baylor University
  • Boise State University
  • California Institute of Technology
  • California Lutheran University
  • California State University San Marcos
  • California State University, Long Beach
  • California State University, Northridge
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Centralia College
  • Cleveland State University
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Dartmouth College
  • DeVry University
  • Emory University
  • Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
  • Florida International University
  • Florida State University
  • Fordham University
  • George Mason University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Georgia State University
  • Harvard University
  • Howard University
  • Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Indiana University
  • Iowa State University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Kansas State University
  • Lehigh University
  • Maine Maritime Academy
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Merrimack College
  • Michigan State University
  • Mississippi State University
  • Morehouse College
  • Morgan State University
  • New College of Florida
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • New York University
  • North Carolina State University
  • Northern Marianas College
  • Northwestern University
  • Oakland University
  • Oregon Institute of Technology
  • Post University
  • Prairie View A&M University
  • Purdue University
  • Rice University
  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • Saint Louis University
  • South Dakota State University
  • Southern University Law Center
  • Spelman College
  • Stanford University
  • Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Texas A&M University
  • The George Washington University
  • The Ohio State University
  • The Pennsylvania State University
  • The University of Akron
  • The University of Alabama
  • The University of Chicago
  • The University of Kansas
  • The University of Maine
  • The University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • The University of New Mexico
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • The University of Oklahoma
  • The University of Tampa
  • The University of Texas at Austin
  • The University of Texas at Dallas
  • The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
  • The University of Toledo
  • The University of Tulsa
  • The University of Utah
  • The University of Virginia
  • University of Alaska Anchorage
  • University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock
  • University of California San Diego
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of California, Davis
  • University of California, Irvine
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of Cincinnati
  • University of Colorado Boulder
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Dayton
  • University of Florida
  • University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
  • University of Houston
  • University of Idaho
  • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Louisville
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Miami
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Missouri
  • University of Montana
  • University of Nevada, Reno
  • University of North Carolina Asheville
  • University of North Dakota
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of South Florida
  • University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • University of Washington
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • University of Wyoming
  • Utah State University
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Warren Wilson College
  • Washington State University
  • Yale University

Join Explore Events to See Students Pitch Their Business Plans

Everyone is invited to tune in virtually to these exciting events to see which teams and ideas are chosen to advance in the competition. Make sure you register in advance for each event to save your spot! Please note that the distribution of teams across regions has been adjusted to ensure equitable participation.

Region Convening Organization Explore Event Date & Time (local time) Registration Link
East Texas

Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship

Feb. 15, 3 p.m. CST  Register
Mountain West

WY Ranch 

Feb. 15, 5 p.m. MST  Register

Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation at Carnegie Mellon University

Feb. 16, 1 p.m. EST Register

Cleantech Open Northeast 

Feb. 16, 2 p.m. EST  Register
New York City Metro 

Syracuse Center of Excellence and NYSERDA

Feb. 17, 1 p.m. EST  Register
South Atlantic

Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster

Feb. 22, 4 p.m. EST  Register
Great Lakes

Evergreen Climate Innovations 

Feb. 23, 2 p.m. CST Register

University of Arizona Center for Innovation

Feb. 23, 1 p.m. MST  Register
Coastal Northwest

University of Washington Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship 

Feb. 23, 12 p.m. PST Register

University of Kentucky

Feb. 23, 4 p.m. EST  Email to request a link to join this event
Southern California

Cleantech San Diego and University of California San Diego

Feb. 23, 4 p.m. PST  Register
Northern Plains 

Grid Catalyst 

Feb. 24, 10 a.m. CST  Register
National Capital Region

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Feb. 27, 1-4 p.m. MST Register
South Central & U.S. Islands

Elemental Excelerator 

Feb. 27, 12 p.m. HST  Register
Florida & Alabama

Florida High Tech Corridor

Feb. 28, 3 p.m. EST  Register


Follow the EnergyTech University Prize for more competition updates.