Wisconsin Energy and Sustainability Challenge


The Wisconsin Energy and Sustainability Challenge has been discontinued as of Fall 2018.

Students at UW-Madison who are interested in campus competitions for their innovations are encouraged to enter the Transcend Madison competition or join the Innovate Network to learn more about other resources, events, and competitions.

This website is being maintained to preserve a historical record of the competition and to provide links to other useful resources for those interested in energy/sustainability entrepreneurship.





Developing new solutions to advance sustainable and affordable energy is an important part of keeping the U.S. competitive and resilient. Historically, solutions to pressing global issues have emerged from innovative approaches and fresh, inspired perspectives. Students at UW–Madison are exceptionally suited for solving the sustainability challenge through innovation and entrepreneurship.

Among research universities, UW–Madison ranks in the top ten, with an entrepreneurship program ranking in the top 25 in the nation. As a university, it is second only to Harvard in the number of alumni who are CEO's of Fortune 500 companies and ranks first in the number of students who have worked in the Peace Corps. This famous entrepreneurial spirit and vision for social change make our campus ideal for a competition focused on the issue of global sustainability. Students from all disciplines at UW–Madison have contributed many creative solutions to the Wisconsin Energy & Sustainability Challenge.


Past Entry Samples:

Entrepreneurship Resources

Materials, Supplies, and Prototyping Resources

Other Energy/Sustainability Competitions

Other Campus Competitions

For more information on these contests, please email UWWESC@gmail.com.

Writing your Plan

Energy/Sustainability Organizations on Campus

Cleantech Resources

Information on Climate Change


The Wisconsin Energy and Sustainability Challenge is supported by:

The Dvorak Family The Global Stewards Society The David Marca Memorial Fund for Student Energy Projects eHub

with additional support from the following departments or institutes at the UW–Madison:

SAGE Web Logo UW College of Engineering Logo Wisconsin Energy Institute Logo


Sponorship Opportunities
We are seeking partners to help us improve the competition. Please contact Scott Williams if you are interested in supporting the Wisconsin Energy & Sustainability Challenge.