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Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize

Enabling a just and equitable transition to a clean energy economy
stage:
Informational Webinar
prize:
up to $2.5 million in total prizes
Overview

Challenge Overview

Advancing equity, civil rights, racial justice, and equal opportunities is a responsibility of the entire U.S. government, including the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize fits into President Biden’s Justice40 Initiative, which promises to deliver 40% of climate investment benefits to disadvantaged communities and, at the same time, inform equitable research, development, and deployment within DOE.

Part of the American-Made Challenges series and sponsored by DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, this prize aims to fund organizations for ongoing and/or proposed activities related to climate and clean energy that support, build trust, and strengthen relationships and partnerships with disadvantaged communities. Specifically, this prize seeks to enable and enhance business and technology incubation, acceleration, and other community-based and university-based entrepreneurship and innovation in climate and clean energy technologies.

 

 

Up to $2.5 million in cash prizes!

The Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize will award prizes of $200,000 to up to 10 organizations for a total prize pool of up to $2.5 million.

It is expected that Phase One funds will enable the winning organizations to fund proposed programs for approximately one full-time-equivalent person and carry out related activities that may include actively engaging with disadvantaged communities in their regions, building relationships through workshops and other events, providing technical support, and facilitating connections with technical expertise and academic institutions. These are examples of potential activities, and organizations are encouraged to think creatively about specific activities that play to their strengths and serve their communities.

 

 

Prize Goals

The goals of the prize are to:

  1. Enable clean energy and climate innovation, and entrepreneurship programming and capabilities at colleges and universities that serve large populations of students underrepresented in STEM, Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), community colleges, and undergraduate institutions.
  2. Create or increase participation in clean energy and climate-smart job training and job placement/hiring, including programs that target participation from disadvantaged communities, including formerly incarcerated individuals and youth transitioning out of foster care.  Workforce training could cover identifying energy efficiencies and greenhouse gas inventories, renewable energy manufacturing, and deployment.
  3. Foster grassroots innovation related to just and equitable clean energy deployment through activities focusing on community-centric networks and bottom-up solutions for sustainable development, based on the needs of the communities involved.
  4. Identify and fund activities that will help disadvantaged communities become aware of, apply into or otherwise secure DOE funding or other federal, state, local government or private (for-profit or nonprofit) funding, in support of the government’s Justice40 goals.
  5. Enable the development of replicable clean energy transitions that deliver just and equitable benefits to disadvantaged communities in support of the government’s Justice40 goals.

The winners of Phase One of the Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize will receive cash awards of $200,000 each. Phase One winners will be eligible to participate in a Phase Two of the prize, anticipated to take place 12 months following Phase One awards, during which time it is anticipated that a total of $500,000 will be awarded to up to three teams. 

For more information on the Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize, please review the official rules document.

 

 

Guidelines

Challenge Guidelines

Who can participate?

Please review the official rules for the application process and instructions for competing.

If you want to subscribe to updates on the prize or have any questions, you may use the contact feature on the HeroX platform, or message us directly.

We are also looking for ideas on how to best structure this contest to attract ground-breaking solutions that will support the marine energy and desalination industries. If you are not interested in competing but want to help develop and judge the prize, contact us.

Timeline
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Challenge Updates

Join Us For An Informational Webinar: TODAY

Jan. 12, 2022, 6:45 a.m. PST by Amanda Morton

Hello Innovators,

 

There is still time to register for today's webinar! After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 

During the webinar (today at 1:00pm MT) the Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize Administration Team will cover details about the prize, ways to leverage the American-Made Network, and strategies for developing a successful submission package.

 

-The Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize Administration Team-


Introductory Webinar This Wednesday: January 12 at 1:00pm MT

Jan. 10, 2022, 8:05 a.m. PST by Amanda Morton

Hello Innovators,

 

You still have time to register for this week's introductory webinar on January 12, 2022 at 1:00pm MT to cover details about the prize, ways to leverage the American-Made Network, and strategies for developing a successful submission package.

 

Register in advance for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 

-The Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize Administration Team-


Power Connector Resources

Jan. 5, 2022, 12:15 p.m. PST by Amanda Morton

Hello Innovators,

 

As the deadline to submit your Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize submissions draws closer our network of Power Connectors are here to support you. Check out these upcoming opportunities:

January 2022:

  • Tuesday, January 11, 2022: 3:00-4:00pm PT / 4:00-5:00pm MT / 5:00-6:00pm CT / 6:00-7:00pm ET: 
    Clean Energy Business Network: Stakeholder Town Hall: An Equitable Energy Transition. Register HERE.
  • Wednesday, January 12, 2022: 12:00-1:00pm PT / 1:00-2:00pm MT / 2:00-3:00pm CT / 3:00pm-4:00pm ET: 
    Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize Informational Webinar. Register HERE.
  • Thursday, January 13, 2022: 9:00-10:30am PT / 10:00-11:30am MT / 11:00-12:30pm CT / 12:00-1:30pm ET: 
    Entrepreneur Futures Network: Informational Webinar. Register HERE.
  • Tuesday, January 18, 2022: 12:00-1:00pm PT / 1:00-2:00pm MT / 2:00-3:00pm CT / 3:00-4:00pm ET: 
    Entrepreneur Futures Network: Office Hours. Sign-up HERE.
  • Thursday, January 20, 2022: 8:00-9:00am PT / 9:00-10:00am MT / 10:00-11:00am CT / 11:00-12:00pm ET: 
    University of Arizona Center for Innovation: Commercialization Workshop Series: Diluted Funding Strategies. Register HERE.
  • Tuesday, January 25, 2022: 12:00-1:00pm PT / 1:00-2:00pm MT / 2:00-3:00pm CT / 3:00-4:00pm ET: 
    Entrepreneur Futures Network: Office Hours. Sign-up HERE.
  • Wednesday, January 26, 2022: 2:30 – 4:30pm PT / 3:30-5:30pm MT / 4:30-6:30pm CT / 5:30-7:30pm ET: 
    Clean Energy Business Network: Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize: Ideation and Teaming Event. Register HERE.
  • Thursday, January 27, 2022: 8:00-9:00am PT / 9:00-10:00am MT / 10:00-11:00am CT / 11:00-12:00pm ET: 
    University of Arizona Center for Innovation: Commercialization Workshop Series: Customer Discovery. Register HERE.

February 2022:

  • Tuesday, February 1, 2022: 2:00-1:00pm PT / 1:00-2:00pm MT / 2:00-3:00pm CT / 3:00-4:00pm ET: 
    Entrepreneur Futures Network: Office Hours. Sign-up HERE.
  • Tuesday, February 1, 2022: Times Vary: 
    University of Arizona Center for Innovation: Office Hours. Sign-up HERE.
  • Thursday, February 3, 2022: 8:00-9:00am PT / 9:00-10:00am MT / 10:00-11:00am CT / 11:00-12:00pm ET: 
    University of Arizona Center for Innovation: Commercialization Workshop Series: Team and Board Development/Strategic Partnerships. Register HERE.
  • Thursday, February 3, 2022: Times Vary: 
    University of Arizona Center for Innovation: Office Hours. Sign-up HERE.
  • Friday, February 4, 2022: 9:00-10:00am PT / 10:00-11:00am MT / 11:00-12:00pm CT / 12:00-1:00pm ET: 
    Clean Energy Business Network: Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize: Ideation and Teaming Event. Sign-up HERE.
  • Tuesday, February 8, 2022: 12:00-1:00pm PT / 1:00-2:00pm MT / 2:00-3:00pm CT / 3:00-4:00pm ET: 
    Entrepreneur Futures Network: Office Hours. Sign-up HERE.
  • Tuesday, February 8, 2022: Times Vary: 
    University of Arizona Center for Innovation: Office Hours. Sign-up HERE.
  • Thursday, February 10, 2022: 8:00-9:00am PT / 9:00-10:00am MT / 10:00-11:00am CT / 11:00-12:00pm ET: 
    University of Arizona Center for Innovation: Commercialization Workshop Series: Intellectual Property Strategies. Register HERE.
  • Thursday, February 11, 2022: Times Vary: 
    University of Arizona Center for Innovation: Office Hours. Sign-up HERE.
  • Tuesday, February 15, 2022: 12:00-1:00pm PT / 1:00-2:00pm MT / 2:00-3:00pm CT / 3:00-4:00pm ET: 
    Entrepreneur Futures Network: Office Hours. Sign-up HERE.
  • Tuesday, February 15, 2022: Times Vary: 
    University of Arizona Center for Innovation: Office Hours. Sign-up HERE.
  • Thursday, February 17, 2022: Times Vary: 
    University of Arizona Center for Innovation: Office Hours. Sign-up HERE.
  • Friday, February 18, 2022: Times Vary: 
    University of Arizona Center for Innovation: Office Hours. Sign-up HERE.
  • Monday, February 21, 2022: Times Vary: 
    University of Arizona Center for Innovation: Office Hours. Sign-up HERE.
  • Tuesday, February 22, 2022: 12:00-1:00pm PT / 1:00-2:00pm MT / 2:00-3:00pm CT / 3:00-4:00pm ET: 
    Entrepreneur Futures Network: Office Hours. Sign-up HERE.

Connectors are organizations that seek to support the efforts of competitors in the Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize. Current Connectors are included on the American-Made Network, and competitors are free to reach out to organizations best suited to provide needed support. Power Connectors are organizations under contract with the Prize Administration team to play a more substantial role than Connectors in the competition in amplifying DOE and NREL’s efforts. 

If you have questions, please post them on the forum or email:

- The Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize Team


Join us for an informational webinar: January 12

Dec. 13, 2021, 9:32 a.m. PST by Amanda Morton

Hello Innovators,

 

Thinking about competing in the Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize? 

 

Join the DOE and NREL prize administration team for an introductory webinar on January 12, 2022 at 1:00pm MT to cover details about the prize, ways to leverage the American-Made Network, and strategies for developing a successful submission package.

 

Register in advance for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 

-The Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize Administration Team-


11/10 Webinar Recording Now Available

Nov. 17, 2021, 9:04 a.m. PST by Amanda Morton

Hello Innovators,

 

If you missed the webinar last week or want to listen again, the recording can be found here

 

We will be holding a second informational webinar in January, but if you find yourself with questions before then please check out the forum.

 

- The Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize Administration Team


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