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EnergyTech University Prize

Sponsored by the Office of Technology Transitions (OTT) at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the EnergyTech University Prize (EnergyTech UP) is a collegiate competition challenging multidisciplinary student teams to develop and present a business plan that leverages DOE national laboratory-developed and other high-potential energy technologies. EnergyTech UP awards cash prizes to teams that successfully identify an energy technology, assess its market potential, and propose a strategy for commercialization.

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In March 2022, the first cohort of EnergyTech UP winners was announced. Another round of the competition will occur during the 2022-2023 academic year. Follow EnergyTech UP for updates

National Winners and Technology Bonus Prize Winners

Congratulations to the following teams for winning the 2022 EnergyTech University Prize. National Winners earned between $5,000 and $50,000, while Technology Bonus Prize Winners earned $25,000 each.

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About the Prize

EnergyTech UP is distinct from other startup competitions in its design to be approachable, equitable, and scalable nationwide. Targeting students with- or without a background in energy or business, the competition provides the resources needed for any team to succeed. The competition gives students the opportunity to learn, lead, and grow, offering cash prizes to winners based on the strength of their proposal, not the strength of their background. Students are encouraged to explore national lab-developed technologies on the OTT Lab Partnering Service.

Prize Structure

Student teams compete for a total of $250,000 in cash prizes as they explore business opportunities for lab-developed or other high-potential energy technologies, assess commercialization opportunities through market analysis, and present a viable business plan to industry judges. Throughout the competition, they receive mentorship and materials to help them succeed.

The top teams will compete for a share of $100,000 in prizes funded by OTT. In addition, six DOE Technology Offices are offering up to $25,000 each in bonus prizes for the best teams in their respective fields. The six offices include: the Building Technologies Office, Geothermal Technologies Office, Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management, Office of Nuclear Energy, Solar Energy Technologies Office, and the Water Power Technologies Office.

Understanding that energy is often inherently local, teams first present at their closest regional events in February 2022, where regional winners are identified. First-place regional winners are provided exclusive mentorship and free access to OTT’s Energy I-Corps curriculum to help students refine their ideas throughout February and March. Finally, the regional winners pitch their complete business plan at Carnegie Mellon University’s (CMU’s) Energy Week, hosted by CMU’s Scott Institute in March 2022.

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Solar Forecasting Prize Important Dates

  • October 4, 2021: EnergyTech UP launches and Explore Phase opens
  • February 2022: Teams pitch at regional events and Explore Phase closes
  • March 2022: Refine Phase opens for regional winners
  • March 2022: Refine Phase closes
  • March 24, 2022: Pitch Phase opens and teams pitch at CMU Energy Week
  • March 25, 2022: Winners announced

All dates are subject to change including contest openings, deadlines, and announcements.

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Solutions that help shape the future

Are you a collegiate student interested in transitioning energy technologies to market? The EnergyTech University Prize is for you!

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