Round 1: All submissions to the FLoW cleantech student competition must be made by midnight, February 28, 2012. A panel of 15 experts including investors, technology specialists, university tech transfer personnel, energy corporations and leaders from the service industry will select those submissions demonstrating a strong technology platform and a well-articulated concept for building a sustainable business.
03-Nov-2011 01:00 AM to
28-Feb-2012 11:59 PM
29-Feb-2012 01:00 AM to
07-Mar-2012 11:59 PM
Participating regions will host a semi-final “Investor Pitch” competition, giving those selected in Round 1 in their geographic area the opportunity to present their business in front of a Judging Panel. The top three in each region will move forward to the Awards round for finalists. In addition to the designated winners, each region will be invited to select five additional teams who will contest for ten wild-card spots in the Awards round.
08-Mar-2012 Midnight to
30-Mar-2012 11:59 PM
31-Mar-2012 08:00 AM to
31-Mar-2012 11:59 PM
The Awards: Each of the teams will present their business plan in a formal session before a Judging Panel consisting of investors, and business and academic leaders who will determine the first, second and third place winners at an evening event celebrating all who competed. In In add A Asl
DOE FLoW National Clean Energy Business Challenge Western Region
National University Clean Energy Business Challenge Win $200,000 in Prizes and Start a New Company
First Look West (FLoW) invites student teams with game-changing ideas throughout the Western U.S. to participate in the Department of Energy’s first ever, business plan competition for clean energy.
Why You Should Participate:
$200,000 in prize money
legal start-up packages
opportunity to pitch to investors
Finalists will also be automatically accepted into the Green Technology Entrepreneurship Academy (GTEA), offered by the Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, at UC Davis, June 25 – 27, 2012. Taught by venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, university faculty, industry executives and angel investors GTEA is a premiere academic program for commercializing green tech innovations.
The national and international Cleantech Open (CTO) will accept the top three FLoW competition finalists as semifinalists in the 2012 Cleantech Open competition, cover their application fees and provide them all benefits enjoyed by other semifinalists, including attending the Cleantech Open National Academy-West Coast. Over three days students will attend intensive business education seminars, given by experts, on such topics as Business Plan Essentials; Patents and Trade Secrets; Finding & Understanding the Customer; The Business Model–How Will You Make Money?; Fund-raising and Presentation Skills.
Competitors will be judged by an expert panel of investors, successful entrepreneurs, energy corporations and technologists who can help you build your business. Winning teams from each region will compete for a National Grand Prize at a competition held at the Department of Energy in Washington, D.C. in June 2012. and give young innovators a national stage for showcasing their new companies.
Who Should Apply: Students attending accredited universities throughout the United States can submit an application . The competition is designed to focus on the western states and territories: California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Nevada, Idaho, Hawaii, Guam and American Samoa.
February 28, 2012: Application Deadline
February - March, 2012: Mentoring and business guidance available for selected teams
March 19 - March 31, 2012:Fast Pitch events are hosted throughout the region,where student teams present to Judging Panels and semi-finalists are selected for the final round.
April 30 and May 1, 2012: Final judging and Awards Ceremony : The best-in-class teams move to the final judging process , which will be held at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena California.
The FLoW competition is one of six awarded regionally as part of a three-year, $2 million DOE program. The goal is to shine a spotlight on the best young innovators in the country, and attract the follow-on support the competitors will need to bring game-changing new ideas to the market quickly.
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