Clean Energy Trust Challenge 2017

Entries Open
December 2 – January 23
Evaluation Period
January 24 – February 28
Finalists Announced
March 1
Winners Announced
May 9
Entries Closed
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Evaluation Period

Applications are closed for the 2017 Clean Energy Trust Challenge. We are currently reviewing the entries and you will be notified soon.

About
The Challenge

What began in 2010 as a simple business plan competition to jumpstart the local ecosystem with cash prizes totaling $140,000 has now grown into the most competitive and high-profile investment opportunities for cleantech startups in the Midwest. Since the first competition, startups have received $3.7M in funding, raised an additional $112M in follow-on-funding, and created over 300 new jobs. The Challenge has jumpstarted more than 95 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 and Detroit’s GreenLancer, who has since gone on to raise $5 million in Series B funding.

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 Adam Lowry, CEO of Ripple Foods and Co-Founder of Method, Katherine Hamilton, Principal at 38 North Solutions, and Jim Rogers former CEO of Duke Energy. Additional past speakers include Tom Steyer, NRG’s David Crane, and Governor Bruce Rauner.

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

Our
Sponsors

Department of Energy
Invenergy
Wells Fargo
Boeing
ComEd
Hanley Family Foundation
Pritzker Foundation
State of Illinois
United
Accenture
Agentis
AGL Resources / Nicor
American Electric Power
Archer Daniels Midland
BP
Deloitte
Energy Foundation
Exelon
Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation
The Joyce Foundation
Schneider Electric
Solar City
True North Venture Partners
Argonne National Laboratory
FermiLab
Hubbell Lighting
Hyatt
Northwestern University
Peoples Gas
Purdue Foundation
University of Chicago
Wanxiang
West Monroe Partners
Advanced Energy Economy
ARCH Venture Partners
Avison Young
Baker & McKenzie
Baxter International
Coalition: Energy
Envisionit
Hitachi Chemical
MidAmerican Energy
Mintz Levin
NextEnergy
Norlux
Plante Moran
S&C Electric
SoCore
SOM
Case Western Reserve University
Freshwater Advisors
Gas Technology Institute
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
Wintrust
Uptake
BuiltWorlds
Environment & Energy Publishing
Green Building & Design
Midwest Energy News
MI Tech News
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