The CU Cleantech New Venture Challenge is a U.S. Department of Energy sponsored $100,000 regional cleantech business plan competition. The competition is open to students in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah & Wyoming. It's a competition for students, run by students, where young entrepreneurs and innovators can develop their cleantech ideas into viable business opportunities.
The winning team will receive $100,000 in cash plus the opportunity to compete for more cash prizes at the nationals competition in Washington D.C.
- Competition Organizer
- Local US Event
- Boulder, CO
- *Available in all states*
- Submission Date
- Business Plan Submission Date
- Awards Date
- Total Prize Cash (US Dollars)
- Competition Category
- Graduate - Local U.S.
- Graduate - All U.S.
- Undergraduate - Local U.S.
- Undergraduate - All U.S.
- Business - Local U.S.
- Technology - Green
- Who's Eligible
Business must utilize a technology related to renewable energy or energy efficiency.
50% of team members must be current students
Students must own 20% of the company equity
- Important Dates
Official kickoff: Oct 26. 2012
Submission Deadline: March 4th, 2013
Finalists Announced: March 25th, 2013
Finals Competition: April 29th, 2013
National Competition: Summer 2013 (actual date TBD)
- Competition Prizes
1st place: $100 cash, 40 hours of NREL commercialization assistance, and entry into Cleantech Open Accelerator Program
2nd place: 40 hours of NREL commercialization assistance, and entry into Cleantech Open Accelerator Program
3rd place: 40 hours of NREL commercialization assistance, and entry into Cleantech Open Accelerator Program
- Other Info