American-Made Challenges

Perovskite Startup Prize

The American-Made Perovskite Startup Prize is a $3 million prize competition designed to accelerate the growth of the U.S. perovskite industry and support the rapid development of solar cells and modules that use perovskite materials. Through two contests, established perovskite researchers will launch a company and move toward commercialization in under a year.


Supported by a Network of Accelerators

As part of the American-Made Challenges series, the Perovskite Startup Prize unites the world’s best-in-class research base with the unparalleled entrepreneurial support system of the American-Made Network. Consisting of pioneering maker spaces, dozens of energy incubators, universities, and 17 U.S. Department of Energy national laboratories, the Network is primed to assist entrepreneurs in bringing perovskite-focused concepts to market.

The Prize Contests

The Perovskite Startup Prize consists of two consecutive contests that accelerate efforts to develop new, innovative perovskite solar companies with the potential to manufacture commercially viable products in the United States. The best-performing competitors in the Countdown Contest are awarded with cash prizes and are eligible to compete in the Liftoff Contest. This cycle of contests repeats until 2-3 final winners are selected for successfully completing the challenge.



Important Dates


The Perovskite Startup Prize was announced in March 2021. The first deadline to compete in the Countdown Contest is June 30, 2021. Each contest has a set amount of funding allocated for winning submissions. Finalists and winners will be chosen upon merit, and contests will be open on a quarterly basis until all prize money has been won.


For a full timeline of deadlines and announcements, please vist HeroX, the official competition platform.

Solutions that help shape the future

Are you an established perovskite researcher looking to improve the development of solar cells? You can help transform the solar industry through the American-Made Perovskite Startup Prize.


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