Office of Technology Transitions Announces $250K Cash Prizes to University Teams

By: Sharjeel Sohaib


Jan 31, 2022


Office of Technology Transitions (OTT) at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the EnergyTech University Prize (EnergyTech UP) is a collegiate competition challenging multidisciplinary student teams to develop and present a business plan that leverages DOE national laboratory-developed and other high-potential energy technologies. 

American-Made Challenges Webinar

Below is a recording of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Technology Transitions EnergyTech University Prize Informational Webinar on Oct. 20, 2021.

Six Offices of DOE Offering $25K Each

Six DOE Technology Offices are offering up to $25,000 each in technology bonus prizes for the best teams in their respective fields. The six offices include the Geothermal Technologies Office, Solar Energy Technologies Office, Office of Nuclear Energy, Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management, Building Technologies Office, and Water Power Technologies Office.

Entering the Competition

EnergyTech UP will utilize the HeroX website as its competition platform. This platform empowers people to
create, compete in, and share contests that address and solve global problems.

Key Dates

You can access the key dates at the link below.

Late January–Early February, 2022: Regional Convener Explore Phase Events
o Exact dates and times to be determined; these will be different for each region.
o Teams pitch business plans.
o One winner from each regional convener Explore Phase event will be selected; winners will receive
$2,500 and will advance to the national competition.
Late February–Early March, 2022: Refine Phase
o Regional winning teams receive mentorship and access to Energy I-Corps curriculum to improve their
business plans.
Mid-March, 2022: Pitch Phase Submission Due
o Regional winning teams submit their written business plan, slide deck, and a short video presentation.
March 24, 2022: Pitch Phase Event
o Regional winning teams present to a panel of industry judges as part of Carnegie Mellon University’s
Energy Week.
March 24, 2022, 5 p.m. ET: National and Technology Bonus Prize Winners Announced

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    Sharjeel joined Startempire Wire as emerging technologies editor. Earlier, he worked at Silicon Canals, a leading English language technology media source for the Benelux and wider Europe. He covered the European technology and startup ecosystem digging into latest funding rounds of startups.


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