The Clean Energy
Prize Fund

Clean Energy Trust’s evergreen debt/equity investment fund for early stage cleantech companies.

A lack of seed funding constrains early-stage cleantech companies in the Midwest, despite the region’s world-class universities, research institutions, national laboratories, and its strong entrepreneurial backbone. To address this funding shortfall, Clean Energy Trust established in early 2014 The Clean Energy Prize Fund (“The Fund”), a $12 million evergreen debt-equity investment fund. The Fund aims to foster innovation and to promote economically-driven environmental sustainability in the Midwest by investing in the most promising early-stage cleantech companies.Typical investments range from $20,000 to $500,000, and are awarded through CET’s established programs, most notably The Clean Energy Challenge.