August 11, 2016

Energy Initiative to sponsor clean energy innovation prize

Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions

The Energy Initiative and the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative (I&E) at Duke announce the return of the Clean Energy Prize to the Duke Startup Challenge.

The Duke Startup Challenge is designed to help Duke's entrepreneurial community flourish with a year-long entrepreneurship competition followed by an accelerator program. Inaugurated in 2012, the Clean Energy Prize sweetens the pot by offering the chance at an additional $10,000 prize to teams whose products or services advance an accessible, reliable, affordable and clean energy future.

"This is a great opportunity to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation in the development of energy products and services," says Suellen Aldina, the Energy Initiative's director of engagement and administration. "The Energy Initiative is excited to sponsor a successful team in the Clean Energy track this year."

Initial entries for the Startup Challenge are due by October 30. Intention to participate in the Clean Energy track may be declared at the time of application. Apply and view the competition timeline here.

The Clean Energy Prize and the Duke Startup Challenge are open to the entire Duke community, including students, faculty, staff and alumni. Teams do not need to be in the finals of the larger competition to win the Clean Energy Prize.