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).

Off-Campus Competitions


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.


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.

Deadline: | University-Sponsored Team | Greg Forkins

Can you build scalable, sustainable social enterprises that harness the power of energy to transform the lives of 10million people by 2025? This year’s Hult Prize challenges student teams not to invent the energy systems of the future but to deploy them at scale by listening closely to customer needs, designing scalable business models, and executing plans that are capable of transforming the lives of 10 million people through the use of energy.


Our second annual Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge aims to recognize new innovative solutions that leverage technology for social impact from student entrepreneurs around the world. The Challenge is open to students and recent alumni from any college or university.

$300,000 USD in prize money will help accelerate the adoption of breakthrough technology, products, and services that drive economic development and/or solve social or environmental problems.


The National Renewable Energy Laboratory is pleased to invite clean energy startup companies to apply to the 2018 Industry Growth Forum. Each year, the Industry Growth Forum recruits the most innovative, emerging clean energy start-up companies from across the globe to apply to present.