During our afternoon reception we will showcase the Top 5 teams and their plans, we are fortunate to welcome Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman for key note remarks, and share the stage with our generous sponsors as we announce the winner of this year’s competition.
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The NVC is an annual regional cleantech business plan competition hosted by CU Cleantech at the University of Colorado at Boulder with a $100,000 first place prize (sponsored by the Department of Energy). The NVC is a student-focused competition, for students and organized by students. Competing students form teams around a technology related to renewable energy or energy efficiency and develop a business plan that addresses the key areas of go-to-market strategy, market and industry analysis, technology development, economics, risks and team. These plans are evaluated by a group of judges made up of experienced entrepreneurs, innovators and investors, and the top teams are invited to Boulder, CO to give formal presentations to a group of judges. The top teams win cash prizes and in-kind support, with the winner taking home $100,000. The winning team also gets to compete at the National Competition in Washington, D.C. against the other regional competition winners for additional monetary and in-kind prizes, investor connections and national publicity.
When & Where
CU Cleantech was launched in 2011 to build upon the University's leadership in cleantech and energy research and commercialization. The organization was founded with the purpose of positioning the University as the main regional hub of innovation and commercialization within the rapidly expanding Cleantech ecosystem by creating a collaborative initiative that fosters entrepreneurship, industry involvement and student opportunities. CU Cleantech is located within the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship at the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado in beautiful Boulder, CO.