First Look West Cleantech Student Competition


Application deadline


Competition Organizer

First Look West, US Department of Energy

Local US Event
Pasadena, CA
Submission Date


Awards Date


Total Prize Cash (US Dollars)


Competition Category
  • Graduate - Local U.S.
  • Undergraduate - Local U.S.
  • Technology - Green
  • Specialized Industries
  • iStart
Who's Eligible

At least 50% of the team members must be students studying at accredited U.S. universities. Preference will be given to students in the Western Region: Alaska, California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, American Samoa, and Guam. 

The business plan must develop a technology that will have a demonstrable impact in the way energy is generated, distributed, converted or consumed. 

Important Dates

Applications are due on February 15, 2012. A panel of experts will then select the strongest submissions to advance to round 2. Advancing teams will present their business to a judging panel at a "Fast Pitch" competition. Several Fast Pitch competitions will take place throughout the region from March 21 - 25, 2012. Winners of the Fast Pitch competitions will move on to the final judging session, which will take place at California Institute of Technology on April 30 - March 1, 2012

Competition Prizes

$200,000 in prizes will be awarded. 

Other Info

This regional competition is part of a larger, national clean energy business plan competition funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.