American-Made Solar Prize Network

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:

  • Helping entrepreneurs refine their innovations, develop business plans, work with mentors, and connect with investors and industry partners.
  • Offering non-Federal funding or in-kind resources, tools, facilities to accelerate entrepreneurs’ abilities to innovate, test and refine while reducing technology and business risks.
  • Connecting entrepreneurs to regional prototyping and manufacturing expertise and facilities.
  • Mentoring entrepreneurs competing in the Program to win in the Ready, Set or Go contests and beyond.
  • Hosting Demo Days - A Demo Day event will be a way for teams to showcase progress, plans, and products to an audience of judges and investors in the hopes of making long-term connections that will grow and finance businesses.
and more!

Utilize the Network to connect with:

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.

details coming soon!