Innovation happens when the right resources, people, and passion come together. With the Solar Prize, teams of creative individuals and entrepreneurs will advance conceptual solutions toward product realities with the support of a unique and powerful network and a chance to win up to $3 million in cash prizes.
The Solar Prize is an opportunity for anyone interested in accelerating ideas and solutions. The American-Made Network is designed to strengthen and scale the very best ideas and teams through three progressive prize competitions, the Ready! Set! Go! Contests. This network provides the tools and expertise to help projects succeed and is comprised of an unparalleled innovation system. These resources will provide technical insight, product validation, and strategic support to teams throughout the competition.
The Ready! Set! Go! Contests will fast-track efforts to identify, develop, and test disruptive solutions to solar industry needs for a total of $3 million in cash prizes and up to $525,000 in vouchers which can be used at national laboratories and other voucher facilities to develop, test, and validate. Each stage will have a 90-day performance period when participants work to advance their solutions.
accelerate the exchange of ideas
Your ideas can promote innovation!
ideation runs throughout the duration of the program
Incubate your ideas and products to pave a successful path forward
20 to 40 winners
win up to $50,000 cash
Create proof-of-concepts and ideas for working prototypes
5 to 10 winners
win up to $200,000 cash
win up to $75,000 in vouchers
Secure a partner to advance your prototypes and develop a pilot project
win up to $500,000 cash
win up to $75,000 in vouchers
It all starts with a big idea. You can enter the Ready! Contest even with an idea from the ideation platform or an idea that’s all your own. Once a completed package has been submitted on HeroX, your video will be made public and you’ll become part of the Ready! Contest.
90 days / 20 - 40 winners / win up to $50,000 cash
Winners will be selected after identifying an impactful idea or solution addressing a critical need in the solar industry;
90 days / 5-10 winners / up to $200,000 prize and up to $75,000 in vouchers
Competitors will work to substantially advance their technology solution toward a viable and promising proof of concept; and
90 days / 2 winners / $500,000 prize and up to $75,000 in vouchers
Competitors will work to substantially advance their solution from proof of concept to a refined prototype and find a partner to perform a pilot test of the prototype.
Competitors in the Set! and Go! Contests pitch and demonstrate proof of concepts and prototypes to a judging panel and audience at two, live, in-person Demo Day events. Demo days are opportunities to meet competitors, connectors, power connectors, and other members of the American-Made Network. Demo Days culminate in the announcement of Set! and Go! prize winners.
Competitors are entrepreneurial individuals or teams, legally residing or based in the U.S., can compete including members of one or multiple organizations, students, university faculty members, small business owners, researchers, or anyone with the desire and drive to transform ideas into impactful realities.Competing in the prize is easy!
Competitors are the entrepreneurs, individuals, and companies who are dedicated to competing in the Solar Prize, willing to make the commitment to developing their ideas and solutions in an effort to build a new capability and business, excited about the potential of working with the American-Made Network to accelerate their ideas, and dedicated to making their business plan, product prototype, and pilot project a success through the prize program and into the future. The guidelines for Competitor participation and prize awards are described thoroughly in the Rules