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Perovskite Startup Prize

The American-Made Perovskite Startup Prize is designed to accelerate the growth of the domestic perovskite industry.
stage:
Kick-off Webinar
prize:
$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. 

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. 4, 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.

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Challenge Updates

ADL Ventures is the Power Connector for the Perovskite Startup Prize!

June 8, 2021, 7:30 a.m. PDT by NREL Challenge

ADL Ventures is the Power Connector for the Perovskite Startup Prize!

Power Connectors operate under a contract with NREL to identify and support competitors in the Countdown and Liftoff Contests, so they are ineligible for all recognition awards. Power Connectors are Connectors who play a more substantial role in the competition and receive funds to expand and amplify DOE and NREL’s efforts. Power Connectors will be rewarded for efforts that: 

  • Increase the number of new, high-quality competitors
  • Expand the network of partners, resources, and tools
  • Support contests and teams with an increasingly robust and diverse American-Made Network and expand teams access to nongovernment resources and funding

ADL Ventures is building the Mentor Network available to the teams competing in the Perovskite Startup Prize. Stay tuned for the launch of the Mentor Network. If you want to reach out to ADL Ventures, contact Yan Yan at


Now Streaming: Perovskite Startup Prize Informational Webinar

April 14, 2021, 11 a.m. PDT by Jackie Petre

If you missed the American-Made Perovskite Startup Prize Informational Webinar this week, you can now view a recording of everything you missed. Check out the recording below and find a PDF version of the slides here

Remember, the Countdown Contest closes on June 30 at 5 p.m. ET. We encourage you to review the rules and submit questions to the HeroX forum or .


Learn More About the Perovskite Startup Prize at the Informational Webinar

April 8, 2021, 2:01 p.m. PDT by Jackie Petre

The Perovskite Startup Prize is hosting an informational webinar on Tuesday, April 13, at 1 p.m. ET. Tune in to learn more about the prize structure, participation requirements, and what you need to accomplish throughout the competition. 

The newly launched Perovskite Startup Prize aims 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 compete for $3 million in prizes while they launch a company and move toward commercialization. 

Want to learn more about the Perovskite Startup Prize and how you can compete? Join the informational webinar on Tuesday, April 13, at 1 p.m. ET. Register here for the webinar


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