The hallmark of the Clean Energy Challenge accelerator program is the annual pitch competition that takes place in Chicago. The 2015 Clean Energy Challenge on April 14, 2015 will bring together venture capitalists, industry executives, civic leaders, the media and the public to watch startups pitch their businesses and hear keynote addresses by prominent thought leaders. By combining access to capital with access to premier mentorship and national exposure, Clean Energy Challenge finalists receive value beyond funding.

As the flagship accelerator program of Clean Energy Trust, the Clean Energy Challenge has led to the development and continued growth of 60+ startups throughout the Midwest. This year, Clean Energy Trust is awarding $1 million in total investments through the Clean Energy Challenge. By combining access to capital with access to Clean Energy Trust’s network of mentors, venture capitalists, industry executives, civic leaders and the media, Clean Energy Challenge finalists receive value beyond funding.

Clean Energy Trust fuels clean energy innovation in the Midwest. A Chicago-based non-profit, Clean Energy Trust helps launch, fund and grow Midwest clean energy companies to ensure a more prosperous, sustainable future for generations to come. It does this through direct investment, commercialization assistance, mentorship, access to its broad partner network and the promotion of a supportive clean energy community and business climate.

Contacts
Emily Achler: emily@cleanenergytrust.org

Areas of Focus: Energy Markets
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Energy Markets
Well-functioning markets are essential for providing access to reliable, affordable energy. EPIC research is uncovering the policies, prices and information needed to help energy markets work efficiently.
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Renewable Energy
Lower technology costs and supportive public policies are driving an increase in renewable energy in markets around the world. EPIC research is assessing the costs, benefits, and efficiency of policies...
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Well-functioning markets are essential for providing access to reliable, affordable energy. EPIC research is uncovering the policies, prices and information needed to help energy markets work efficiently.