Competitions

Competitions Students on campus have the opportunity to compete in the Wisconsin Engineering for Sustainability Challenge (left) as well as national competitions such as the U.S. Department of Energy's Wind Competition (right).
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The Wisconsin Energy Institute invites all UW-Madison students to contribute their own creative solutions to the Wisconsin Energy & Sustainability Challenge. The competition occurs annually during the Energy Hub Conference.

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The Force for Positive Change competition began in 2016 with the goal of celebrating both for-profit and nonprofit organizations focused on creating lasting beneficial impact in, by and for Wisconsin. In its second year, the competition expands to embrace those organizations working to make a difference in the areas of: Food/agriculture/environment; Workforce/urban development; Finance/lending/housing; Manufacturing/art & design/construction; Water/cleantech/energy; and Education/youth programming.

Off-Campus Competitions

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Foxconn is committing $1 million in award prizes over the next three years to the initiative, aimed at generating new ideas from Wisconsin students, faculty and staff at the state’s universities, colleges and technical schools as they work to develop smart, connected communities and systems throughout Wisconsin.  The competition focuses on smart mobility, smart buildings, smart homes, smart energy and smart health, as well as quality of life, efficiency, productivity and management of resources.

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Cleantech Open Midwest, a startup accelerator program for sustainable technology companies, is accepting applications for 2018. This program provides entrepreneurs the resources needed to launch and create sustainable clean technology companies through training, mentoring, infrastructure development, and funding opportunities. Accepted companies will receive 5 months of mentoring, networking, and visibility, along with a 12 week series of workshops to help launch your start-up company. Applications will be accepted through May 1.

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Participants are encouraged to look beyond incremental solutions and propose bold ideas to leapfrog to solutions that address the complex sustainability challenges facing North America. Ideas will be evaluated based on four criteria: innovation, impact, feasibility/replicability and profitability.

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EPA's P3 – People, Prosperity and the Planet—Program is a unique college competition for designing solutions for a sustainable future. The P3 competition highlights the use of scientific principles in creating innovative technology-based projects that achieve the mutual goals of improved quality of life, economic prosperity, and protection of the planet. The EPA offers the P3 competition in order to respond to the needs of people in the United States (U.S.)—e.g., those in small, rural, tribal, and disadvantaged communities.

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Entrepreneurs and researchers are invited to submit their cleantech startups for the opportunity to join Clean Energy Trust’s growing investment portfolio. The 2018 investments and the new cohort of Clean Energy Trust Portfolio Companies will be announced at the Co_Invest Cleantech event in Chicago on May 23, 2018.