Image of winners at the EnergyTech Up competition

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Technology Transitions is sponsoring the American-Made EnergyTech University Prize (EnergyTech UP) competition, which will give students and faculty members the chance to develop energy solutions and win cash prizes.


Student teams competing in EnergyTech UP will explore promising energy technology, evaluate any market potential, then draft and present business plans to commercialize their ideas in competing for over $400,000 in cash prizes. Winning criteria is based on the strength of the students’ business proposals as determined by industry judges. The deadline for student submissions is Feb. 1.


Students competitors from the Sunshine State will make their first presentations at a regional event convened by the Florida High Tech Corridor in February. Teams who advance as finalists will pitch complete business plans during the Energy Thought Summit in Austin, Texas, later in April.


The competition also includes a separate lane for faculty to participate for a total of $100,000 in cash prizes. The faculty competition will focus on participants conceiving and executing educational activities designed to get more students involved with energy tech commercialization and entrepreneurship at their educational establishments. The deadline for those submissions was Jan. 5.


 For more information and to enter the EnergyTech UP competition, visit

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