Switched On: Student Innovations in Cleantech

Switched On: Student Innovations in Cleantech will showcase 8 of the most innovative cleantech business ideas being worked on by university students throughout the Midwest.

Switched On: Student Innovations in Cleantech will showcase 8 of the most innovative cleantech business ideas being worked on by university students throughout the Midwest. After coaching and mentorship from Clean Energy Trust staff and external subject matter experts, these 8 finalist teams will pitch at the final event to determine the winner of the $50,000 Cleantech University Prize sponsored by the Department of Energy.

Switched On will give attendees a glimpse into the early stages of research commercialization and science entrepreneurship, the opportunity to learn more about how our Midwestern universities are supporting student companies, and a chance for high level networking with our university and civic partners.

Student innovations will be presented from the following universities: 

Case Western Reserve University – Cleveland, OH

Iowa State University – Ames, IA

Northwestern University – Chicago, IL

University of Chicago – Chicago, IL

University of Kentucky – Lexington, KY

University of Minnesota – Minneapolis, MN

Washington University in St. Louis – St. Louis, MO

For a full list of the eight finalist teams who will compete, click here. 

Details: 

mHUB (965 W Chicago Ave)

February 8, 2018

3:00 – 6:00 – pitches and talks

ft. keynote from Sonny Garg, Energy Solutions Lead, Uptake

Reception and winner announcement to follow.

Eligibility

  • Cleantech UP is open to teams of students at undergraduate, graduate, or PhD levels.
  • Half of the team must be comprised of current, active students.
  • The program is open to students residing in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.

Important 2017 – 2018 Dates

    • September 18, 2017: Application Opens
    • November 30, 2017: Applications Close
    • December 2017 – February 2018: Mini-Accelerator (do not need to be on-site in Chicago)
    • February 2018: Final Cleantech UP Showcase Event in Chicago, IL (date TBD)