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December 07, 2011

Deadline for Energy Department Business Plan Competition Approaching

If you're a university student interested in low-carbon technologies and entrepreneurship, then this is the premier opportunity for you to pitch your idea. The Regional Clean Energy Business Plan Competition is accepting business plan submissions until March 2, 2012.

Across the country, six regional competitions will serve as platforms for students to come up with innovative business plans to transform great clean energy ideas into great businesses. Based in California, Colorado, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Texas, the regional competitions span the entire nation and all U.S. territories. Each region is unique in its own right, but they all share the common goal of bringing clean technologies to the market through creative business solutions.

If you live in the Eastern Midwest region (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Kentucky, and Wisconsin), the time for you to develop a business plan and register is now. The Eastern Midwest region's Clean Energy Student Challenge submission deadline was December 5, 2011. For the rest of the country, submission deadlines range from January 15 to March 2, 2012. You can learn more about each regional competition and the corresponding deadline here.

The six regional winners will each receive $100,000 in prize money and a chance to compete for a National Grand Prize at a competition held at DOE headquarters in Washington, D.C., in the summer of 2012. See the Energy Blog post.