Switched On: Student Innovations in Cleantech

Switched On: Student Innovations in Cleantech showcased 8 of the most innovative cleantech business ideas being worked on by university students throughout the Midwest. This event was the culmination of the 2018 Cleantech University Prize competition.

Switched On: Student Innovations in Cleantech showcased 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 pitched at the final event to determine the winner of the $50,000 Cleantech University Prize sponsored by the Department of Energy.

Switched On gave 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 were 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 competed, click here.

The Winners

A panel of expert judges made up of professionals in VC, energy, and corporate venture determined that Aerospec Technologies, a company out of Northwestern University, would win the grand prize. Aerospec impressed with their patented infrared imaging solar inspection technology and initial progress with their first customers.

Aelios Technology from University of Minnesota and Beltech from University of Chicago were also recognized as runner-ups.

2919 Program Information

Application eligibility and other program information for the 2019 university prize competition will be available in fall 2018. Stay tuned!