Clean Energy Trust Challenge 2016

Entries Open
September 15 – January 12
Evaluation Period
January 13 – February 9
Finalists Announced
February 10
Winners Annouced
April 12
Entries Closed
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Evaluation Period

Applications are closed for the 2016 Clean Energy Trust Challenge. We are currently reviewing the entries and you will be notified soon.

About
The Challenge

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.

About
The Event

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.

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The Challenge is a nationally recognized accelerator program and the largest single-day clean energy pitch competition in the nation.

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Sponsors

Department of Energy
Wells Fargo
Pritzker Foundation
Hanley Family Foundation
United
Boeing
UOP Honeywell
ComEd
McCaffery Interests
Energy Foundation
The Joyce Foundation
Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation
Invenergy
Exelon
Schneider Electric
AGL Resources / Nicor
LanzaTech
BP
Agentis
Accenture
Deloitte
Ernst & Young
Someoddpilot
Advanced Energy Economy
American Electric Power
GE Renewables
Purdue Foundation
Abbott
True North Venture Partners
FermiLab
CleanTech Group
Danfoss
Hyatt
Northwestern University
NRG Energy
University of Chicago
i3
SOM
Wanxiang
Siemens
William Blair
ARCH Venture Partners
Baxter International
MidAmerican Energy
NextEnergy
CBRE
SoCore
Prelude Ventures
Solar Energy Trade Shows (SPI)
University of Kansas
Norlux
Plante Moran
S&C Electric
Ameren
George and Laura Bilicic
Gas Technology Institute
Wintrust
University of Wisconsin
Peoples Gas
Baker & McKenzie LLP
UK Trade and Investment
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
Verizon
Built in Chicago
Business Energy
Important Media
Midwest Energy News
Environment & Energy Publishing
Green Building & Design
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