We harness the power of science, ingenuity and entrepreneurship

To build investment and deployment ready clean tech companies
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Clean Energy Trust is an impact investor that fuels innovation to create a healthier environment and more prosperous future.

We launch, fund, and grow early stage clean energy businesses in the Midwest through direct investment, venture development, and advocacy.

Clean Energy Trust is a 501C3 public charity. Our unique funding model gives our fund the flexibility to invest in earlier-stage technology than traditional funds. Our philosophy is to be “first money in” and work closely with promising young companies to achieve growth milestones and successful exits.

We have developed unique relationships with investors, labs, large corporations, and entrepreneurs to source quality companies for investment. We rely upon a broad pool of scientific and business experts to evaluate their investment potential.

To date, CET has awarded $3.2M in funding to 29 clean energy startups. Startups benefitting from our programs have gone on to raise an additional $70M in follow on funding – and have created over 300 jobs.

We specialize in commercializing research from labs and universities into the market. We invest between $50 – $500k in seed stage rounds to enable startups to develop a prototype or complete a market milestone to attract further investment.

The U.S. Department of Energy has consistently ranked Clean Energy Trust as one of the best accelerators in the country. Our staff and Board of Directors are passionate about changing the future of energy and business through innovation, and we hope you join us on this mission.

2014 Clean Energy Challenge

8 programs dedicated to changing our world.

Clean Energy Trust is revolutionizing the innovation ecosystem in the Midwest.
Clean Energy Trust works at the intersection of startup investment, technology commercialization, and energy policy.
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Clean Energy Trust has forged connections with public and private sponsors to provide funding and commercialization opportunities for clean energy innovation.

The generous support of our sponsors enables the success of the Midwest’s clean energy ecosystem.

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Chicago, IL 60606

CET headquarters stationed in Chicago, Illinois.