The Clean Energy Trust Challenge is a nationally recognized accelerator for clean energy innovation. Run by Chicago-based Clean Energy Trust, the Challenge has led to the development and growth of 80+ businesses throughout the Midwest. Since the inaugural 2010 Clean Energy Challenge, startups have received a combined $3.7 million in funding from Clean Energy Trust, gone on to raise over $96 million in additional funding and have created over 300 jobs. In 2015, Clean Energy Trust made $1 million in total investments through the Clean Energy Challenge, ten times the amount given out in 2010.
The hallmark of the CET Challenge accelerator program is the annual pitch competition that takes place in Chicago. This event brings together venture capitalists, industry executives, civic leaders, the media and the public to watch startups pitch their businesses and hear keynote addresses by prominent thought leaders. By combining access to capital with access to premier mentorship and national exposure, Clean Energy Challenge finalists receive value beyond funding.
Clean Energy Trust helps launch, fund and grow Midwest clean energy companies to ensure a more prosperous, sustainable future for generations to come. It does this through direct investment, commercialization assistance, mentorship, access to its broad partner network and the promotion of a supportive clean energy community and business climate.
Learn more about Clean Energy Challenge and Clean Energy Prize Fund winners who’ve gone on to become Clean Energy Trust Portfolio Companies.