American-Made Network Power Connectors

Map of the American-Made Network Power Connectors

The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) administers the American-Made Challenges and recently selected six organizations to receive contracts to help ensure the success of the program. These organizations, known as Power Connectors, are a core group of American-Made Network members that will work alongside NREL to implement parts of the program and secure additional resources and partners.


Power Connectors provide a variety of services that will help NREL administer the program. They work alongside NREL to build a sustainable network of experts to support competitors, recruit new competitors, grow private funding instruments, and develop long-term plans for the program. They also host demonstration days, bringing together competitors and panels of judges, potential customers and investors, key stakeholders, and other industry leaders that can help competitors advance their solutions.


Power Connectors were selected for their vision, strength of networks, and track record of success in helping innovators succeed. They each bring unique capabilities that have the potential to grow and improve the program.


The following organizations have been selected as Power Connectors for the 2020-2021 calendar years:

  • ADL Ventures - San Francisco, CA

    ADL Ventures connects legacy-sector companies with the venture community, while working to develop and deploy new services and products. As a Power Connector, they provide recruitment support and serve as a regional hub. They work with Solar Prize competitors.

  • Nation of Makers - Silver Spring, MD

    Nation of Makers is a coalition of diverse organizations that are working together to support the maker community through community building, resource sharing, and advocacy. As a Power Connector, they provide recruitment support and host Demo Days. They work with both Solar Prize and Geothermal Manufacturing Prize competitors.

  • University of Arizona Center for Innovation - Tucson, AZ

    The University of Arizona Center for Innovation creates the place, environment and interactive ground that generates, attracts, and retains technology companies and talent in alignment with the research, mission, and goals of the university. As a Power Connector, they provide recruitment support and team mentorship, serve as a regional hub, and host Demo Days. They work with Solar Prize competitors.

  • The University of Texas at Austin - Austin, TX

    The University of Texas at Austin’s cutting-edge programs, resources, events, and opportunities have made them an essential engine of the booming innovation and knowledge economy, putting the university at the forefront of the intersection between higher education, innovation, and entrepreneurship. As a Power Connector, they provide recruitment support. They work with Geothermal Manufacturing Prize competitors.

  • Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation, Carnegie Mellon University - Pittsburgh, PA

    Carnegie Mellon University addresses the world’s most important energy-related challenges by enabling collaborative research, strategic partnerships, public policy outreach, entrepreneurship, and education. As a Power Connector, they provide team mentorship, serve as a regional hub, and host Demo Days. They work with both Solar Prize and Geothermal Manufacturing Prize competitors.

  • Zpryme - Austin, TX

    Zpryme produces influential research events such as the Energy Thought Summit and offers premium media experiences. As a Power Connector, they provide recruitment support and serve as a regional hub. They work with Solar Prize competitors.


Learn more about the American-Made Challenges and apply to join the American-Made Network.