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 Fall semester.

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The competition is intended to celebrate social enterprise in Wisconsin, including organizations that take a business model approach to making a positive difference in our state by deliberately addressing social challenges affecting people and/or the planet.

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The WERCBench Labs entrepreneurial technology-immersive program provides a unique opportunity for start-ups to interact directly with highly-experienced and technical mentors. Program participants will have access to some of the leading companies in the world on Energy, Power, and Controls technology enabled by the M-WERC regional cluster of business and academic institutions.

Off-Campus Competitions

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Alliant Energy is sponsoring a new student case competition to develop solutions to the power grid of the future. Teams of 4-5 undergraduate students are eligible to apply. This challenge is geared for a business or engineering skillset, but all undergraduate students are eligible for participation, and a team with a mix of disciplines is encouraged.

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Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI) is a new two-year program for innovators focused on energy and science technologies. These technologies will create a more sustainable future and change the lives of nearly 1.4 billion people who currently have no access to power and the billions more with unreliable power.

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The objective of the ENERGY GLOBE Award is to present successful sustainable projects to a global audience and to demonstrate that for many environmental problems feasible solutions already exist. Participation is open to projects with focus on resource conservation, improving air and water quality, energy efficiency and renewable energies.

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Free Electrons is the global energy startup accelerator program that connects the world’s most promising startups with leading utility companies to co-create the future of energy. The program is an opportunity for later stage energy startups to gain access to the utility customers that can help them scale and expand into new markets around the world.

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The mission of the Governor’s Business Plan Contest is to encourage entrepreneurs in the startup stage of tech-based businesses in Wisconsin. The contest links up-and-coming entrepreneurs with a statewide network of community resources, expert advice, high-quality education, management talent and possible sources of capital.