The $100K ACC Clean Energy Challenge, a new competition that encourages students from universities throughout the southeastern U.S. to develop business plans for new clean energy companies, is now accepting entries, competition officials have announced.
The program, which is supported by the Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), invites business plans with commercialization potential in the clean energy space, including projects related to renewable energy, energy-efficiency improvements and advanced fuels/vehicles.
The winner of the competition will receive a $100,000 prize and compete in the DOE National Clean Energy Business Plan Finals in Washington, D.C., in summer 2012.
The $100K ACC Clean Energy Challenge involves three rounds of submissions: an executive summary, business plan and video pitch. Initial entries are due Feb. 20, 2012. The finals will be held at the University of Maryland on April 25, 2012.
The competition is open to graduate and undergraduate students actively enrolled in accredited colleges or universities in Alabama; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Maryland; Mississippi; North Carolina; South Carolina; Tennessee; Virginia; Washington, D.C.; and West Virginia.
More information on the competition can be found here.