The American-Made Network will cultivate resources and build connections that enhance, accelerate, and amplify the efforts of the competitors
NREL is building a national ecosystem of partner organizations and Connectors to support, mentor and empower entrepreneurs and local innovation across the country. This includes, but not limited to:
Private sector resources
DOE's national laboratories with their world-class research facilities and experts
A stakeholder community that is already actively assisting entrepreneurs to bring innovative ideas and concepts to market
This community encompasses incubators, investors, philanthropists, fabrication facilities, experts, and seasoned industry leaders who will provide technical insight, marketing expertise, product validation, and other support.
The Program will offer opportunities for exceptional partners to receive achievement payments. We are looking for partners to become formally engaged and dedicated to help competing entrepreneurs advance their innovations and succeed in this prize competition and beyond. A Connector organization will be eligible to receive achievement payments based on a record of proven excellence in mentorship, connections, and fund-raising abilities. To partner with NREL as a Connector organization and possibly qualify for achievement payments, please indicate that as a preference in your request to partner.