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Energy Program for Innovation Clusters (EPIC) Prize

Create impactful plans to develop strong connections and support for entrepreneurs whose businesses focus on energy technologies.
stage:
Informational Webinar
prize:
$1,000,000
Overview

Challenge Overview

The American-Made Challenges’ Energy Program for Innovation Clusters (EPIC) Prize recognizes the nation’s most innovative incubators. Sponsored by the Office of Technology Transitions at the U.S. Department of Energy, EPIC will award prizes to competitors that submit the most creative and impactful plans to develop strong clusters, connections, and support for startups and entrepreneurs whose businesses focus on energy-related technologies. 

Part of the American-Made Challenges series, the EPIC Prize asks incubators to develop strategic plans to create or bolster innovation clusters supporting startups and entrepreneurs whose businesses focus on energy-related technologies. The prize emphasizes regional engagement, including with private actors—both for- and non-profit—as well as state and local entities that can provide additional resources.

Incubators are critical to the growth of an innovation ecosystem; they help startups and entrepreneurs accelerate the launch, growth, and scale of their businesses, ultimately resulting in the development of jobs in the United States. The prize seeks to address a capital gap in supporting these critical organizations by providing funds to be applied where incubators need them most. Providing capital to enable creative, forward-thinking organizations is critical to allow these groups to think more expansively about the role of incubators in the broader regional innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem. Moreover, it is DOE’s hope that this funding will enable prize winners to enhance their organization’s resilience and operational sustainability.

PRIZE STRUCTURE

Competitors will create presentation slides describing their strategic plan for regional cluster development. The plan should focus on how the incubator will develop relationships with regional entities to form innovation clusters, and the impact such a plan may have on the industry. Competitors must also submit a short marketing video that may be used when announcing winners. Up to 20 winning teams will be awarded $50,000 each.

 

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Challenge Updates

Happening Today: Informational EPIC Prize Webinar at 12pm ET

Aug. 4, 2020, 7:55 a.m. PDT by NREL Challenge

Hi Innovators,

Join the kickoff webinar today to find out how to participate in Energy Program for Innovation Clusters (EPIC) Prize.

Today’s the day to find out more about the prize, outline some best practices for applying, and answer any of your questions about the rules. 

The prize seeks to address a capital gap in supporting these critical organizations by providing funds to be applied where incubators need them most.

There are still spots available. You can Register today: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7295384303494081805.

 

-The EPIC  Prize Administration Team


Mark your Calendars: EPIC Prize Webinar 8/4/20 at 12pm ET

July 23, 2020, 8:07 a.m. PDT by NREL Challenge

Hi Innovators,

Are you looking for insights on how to put together a strong application?

We’re hosting a webinar Tuesday, August 4th at 12PM ET to give context for the prize, outline some best practices for applying, and answer any of your questions about the rules.

Register today: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7295384303494081805.

-The EPIC  Prize Administration Team


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