The Clean Energy Trust Challenge is a nationally recognized accelerator program and the largest single-day clean energy pitch competition in the nation. The Challenge has jumpstarted more than 60 startups in the Midwest to date, including: LuminAID, a then-student company who after winning $100,000 at the Challenge went on to become a Shark Tank Season 6 success story; Detroit’s GreenLancer, who has since gone on to raise $5 million in Series B funding; Chicago’s AMPY, who after winning at the Challenge launched a national Kickstarter campaign which raised $309,000 and was featured in Forbes Magazine, the Today Show, CBS This Morning, Fast Company, CNET and others.
The Clean Energy Challenge event is the premiere cleantech networking event in Chicago. Over 400 entrepreneurs, investors, business executives, students, and university faculty attend each year. The event combines a business plan competition with presentations by leading clean energy thinkers and doers. Last year’s event featured keynote addresses by investor Nancy Pfund of DBL Investors, solar pioneer Jigar Shah, and GE CTO, Mark Little. Additional past speakers include Tom Steyer, NRG’s David Crane, and Governor Bruce Rauner.View All Photos ▶
The Challenge is a nationally recognized accelerator program and the largest single-day clean energy pitch competition in the nation.