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Perovskite Startup Prize

The American-Made Perovskite Startup Prize is designed to accelerate the growth of the domestic perovskite industry.
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$3 million in total prizes, distributed through 2 contests (see rules)
Overview

Challenge Overview

For information on the Prize timeline, please refer to the Guidelines tab. 

Challenge Overview

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.

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.

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 Lift-off Contest. This cycle of contests repeats until 2-3 final winners are selected for successfully completing the challenge.

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Guidelines

Challenge Guidelines

Please review the official rules for the complete submission process and instructions for participating. 

The Perovskite Startup Prize is composed of two contests: Countdown and Liftoff. 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. DOE expects to select approximately six to nine companies that will receive $200,000 in cash and become eligible to compete in the Liftoff Contest. It is not expected that all winners will be selected in the first open-application period. However, the Countdown Contest will close once these awards are made, which may be before the final dates indicated on the table above. The Liftoff Contest will end when the prize pool is exhausted, regardless of whether all Countdown winners have applied to enter the Liftoff Contest. 

Please note the prize administrator, at its sole discretion, may decide to hold interviews with a subset of the Countdown Contest competitors. The interviews would be held prior to the announcement of winners, typically within two weeks of the submission deadline, and would serve to help answer questions the judge may have. If you are invited for an interview, you will be contacted 48 hours in advance; participation in the interview will be a prerequisite to receiving an award. An interview invitation is not an indication of winning. 

Currently, 0 Countdown and 0 Liftoff awards have been made.

Below is a table with tentative submission deadlines each quarter*: 

DateDeadlineRequirements
Mar. 2021AnnouncementOpen for Countdown submissions

June 30, 2021 

5:00 PM ET

Countdown Submission Deadline #1 

Sept. 30, 2021 

5:00 PM ET

Countdown Submission Deadline #2

Liftoff Submission Deadline #1

Liftoff– Must have won Countdown #1

Jan. 7, 2022 

5:00 PM ET

Countdown Submission Deadline #3

Liftoff Submission Deadline #2

Liftoff – Must have won Countdown #1 or #2

March 31, 2022 

5:00 PM ET

Countdown Submission Deadline #4

Liftoff Submission Deadline #3

Liftoff – Must have won Countdown #1, #2, or #3

June 30, 2022 

5:00 PM ET

Liftoff Submission Deadline #4Liftoff – Must have won Countdown #1, #2, #3, or #4

 

*All dates subject to change.

If you want to receive updates on the prize or have any questions, please subscribe by clicking the “follow” button at the top of this page. You can pose questions in the “Forum” tab or reach out to prize administrators by emailing

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Challenge Updates

Perovskite Startup Prize Accepting New Applications through Jan. 7

Nov. 16, 2021, 11 a.m. PST by Jackie Petre

The third application period for the Perovskite Startup Prize Countdown Contest is open for new and previous competitors. The next submission deadline is Jan. 7, 2022.

The Perovskite Startup Prize consists of two consecutive contests—Countdown and Liftoff—that accelerate efforts to develop new, innovative perovskite solar companies with the potential to manufacture commercially viable products in the United States. This prize is unique in its structure, as both contests open quarterly until all prize funds have been awarded. 

The race has already started, and the prize administrators invite you to join! New and previous participants are highly encouraged to enter the next Countdown Contest application period. 

As a reminder, finalists of the Countdown Contest receive a $200,000 cash prize and are eligible to compete in Liftoff. Winners of the Liftoff Contest receive a $500,000 cash prize plus $100,000 in technical support vouchers. There are still 5-8 prizes available in the Countdown Contest, which remains open to anyone until 6-9 finalists have been selected or all funds have been distributed. 

Need help getting started? The Perovskite Startup Prize is working with ADL Ventures to help teams get a jumpstart on entering the race. The prize administrators have created a unique Mentor Network to help teams gain momentum through the prize. If you are interested in working with a Mentor, please contact 

The prize team is eager for you to join the race and prove that you have what it takes to win the Perovskite Startup Prize! Start working on your submissions now to be ready to submit on Jan. 7, 2022. Good luck!


First Finalist Announced in Perovskite Startup Prize—Countdown Contest Remains Open!

Oct. 22, 2021, 8:34 a.m. PDT by Jackie Petre

The Perovskite Startup Prize administrators are pleased to announce the first finalist of the American-Made Perovskite Startup Prize Countdown Contest: Beyond Silicon! This team is a startup from Tempe, AZ, that spun out of Arizona State University. They are developing a perovskite on silicon tandem cell that has the potential to surpass the efficiency limit of standard silicon solar cells. They are receiving $200,000 for their innovation and can now compete in the Liftoff Contest of the Perovskite Startup Prize. Congratulations, Beyond Silicon!

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Now, the race is on! The Liftoff Contest is now open to winners of the Countdown Contest. Additionally, the third open-application period of the Countdown Contest is officially open for new competitors.  The next submission deadline is Jan. 7, 2022. 

As a reminder, the Perovskite Startup Prize consists of two consecutive contests—Countdown and Liftoff—that accelerate efforts to develop new, innovative perovskite solar companies with the potential to manufacture commercially viable products in the United States. Finalists of the Countdown Contest receive a $200,000 cash prize and are eligible to compete in Liftoff. Winners of the Liftoff Contest receive a $500,000 cash prize plus $100,000 in technical support vouchers.

New and previous participants are highly encouraged to enter the next Countdown Contest application period. 

The announcement of the first Countdown Contest finalist officially marks the start of the Liftoff Contest, which is now open to any existing or future finalists. If you are just now preparing to join the Perovskite Startup Prize, you must enter and win the Countdown Contest to be eligible to move on to the Liftoff Contest.

There are still 5-8 prizes available in the Countdown Contest, which remains open to anyone until 6-9 finalists have been selected or all funds have been distributed. 

The Perovskite Startup Prize is working with ADL Ventures to help teams get a jumpstart on entering the race. The prize administrators have created a unique Mentor Network to help teams gain momentum through the prize. If you are interested in working with a Mentor, please contact

The prize team is eager for you to join the race and prove that you have what it takes to win the Perovskite Startup Prize! Good luck!


Reminder - Tomorrow is the next Perovskite Startup Prize deadline!

Sept. 29, 2021, 9:20 a.m. PDT by NREL Challenge

Remember that the second deadline to submit to the Perovskite Startup Prize Countdown Contest is tomorrow, September 30th, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Be sure to get your submission in early to avoid any technical difficulties.

Your submission must include:

  • Company Eligibility Verification
  • 120-second video (public)
  • Cover page
  • Narrative answers to four questions (not to exceed 2,500 words)
  • Résumés
  • Technical assistance request (public)
  • One summary PowerPoint slide (public)
  • Letters of commitment or support (optional)

We look forward to seeing your ideas.


Reminder! One week left before the September 30th Submission Deadline!

Sept. 23, 2021, 9:13 a.m. PDT by NREL Challenge

Remember that the next deadline to submit to the Perovskite Startup Prize Countdown Contest is one week out on September 30th, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Be sure to get your submission in early to avoid any technical difficulties.

Your submission must include:

  • Company Eligibility Verification
  • 120-second video (public)
  • Cover page
  • Narrative answers to four questions (not to exceed 2,500 words)
  • Résumés
  • Technical assistance request (public)
  • One summary PowerPoint slide (public)
  • Letters of commitment or support (optional)

We look forward to seeing your ideas. If you need assistance, please reach out to ADL Ventures at yan@adlventures.com. 


Join us on September 16th at 1 PM ET for ADL's webinar "What Tech Innovators Should Know About Intellectual Property Rights"

Sept. 9, 2021, 9 a.m. PDT by NREL Challenge

As a budding small business owner or a serial entrepreneur, one of the most valuable pieces of property your business will own is its intellectual property. Protecting your name, brand identity or design may potentially have significant effects on your success. 

Join American-Made Prize Power Connector ADL Ventures, smart grid solution startup PACE,  cellulose-based material developer InventWood, and legal experts from national law firm Babst Calland to learn how to protect your intellectual property as a startup or research team.  Register for the webinar here


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