2014 Ohio Clean Energy Challenge
The 2014 Ohio Clean Energy Challenge will be held February 27-February 28
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Ohio Clean Energy Challenge Postponed
We have been informed that due to health and safety concerns related to predicted extremely cold temperatures on Tuesday, January 28 and Wednesday, January 29, there is a high probability that the Cleveland State University campus will be closed. NorTech and UCEAO share the same safety concerns for the participants and attendees of the 2014 Ohio Clean Energy Challenge. Recognizing that weather conditions may change in the interim, we nevertheless believed that it was prudent to make a decision regarding the event by close of business today, Friday, January 24. Therefore, the 2014 Ohio Clean Energy Challenge is being postponed until February 27-28. More information will be distributed in the coming weeks. We sincerely regret any inconvenience and look forward to a successful competition next month.
What is the 2014 Ohio Clean Energy Challenge?
Clean Energy Challenge is part of the National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition established by the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) designed to create a network of student-focused clean energy business competitions. The Ohio Challenge supports DOE’s strategy to establish broader innovation and commercialization efforts, and to build a nation-wide energy entrepreneurship ecosystem. DOE selected the Clean Energy Trust in Chicago to administer the Midwest Regional Competition composed of eight states, including Ohio.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 | Student Center at Cleveland State University
The Ohio Competition will take place on Jan. 29, 2014, at the Cleveland State University Student Center in Cleveland, Ohio. During the Ohio Competition, semifinalist teams will present their live investor pitches in front of a panel of expert judges composed of venture capital and private equity professionals and entrepreneurs, and a live audience. The Ohio Competition will feature keynote speakers, panel discussions, and multiple opportunities for interaction with the student teams — a “competition plus conference” that will draw attendance from academia, government, the private sector, and the venture capital community. The winner of the Ohio Competition will receive the $10,000 state prize and go on to compete for the $100,000 grand prize at the Midwest Regional Competition in Chicago, Illinois, and a place in the National Competition in Washington, D.C.
The Ohio Competition will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Registration opens at 8:00 a.m.at the Cleveland State University Student Center.
There will also be an Opening Reception and Student Poster Session on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
To view the Agenda, click here
Roger S. Ballentine
“Roger Ballentine is the Founder and President of Green Strategies Inc., a strategic environmental and energy consulting firm and a Venture Partner with Arborview Capital LLC, a private equity firm making growth capital investments in the clean energy and energy efficiency sectors.
“Previously, Roger was a senior member of the White House staff, serving President Bill Clinton as Chairman of the White House Climate Change Task Force and Deputy Assistant to the President for Environmental Initiatives. Roger is also the co-founder of American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) and a Member of the International Advisory Council of the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Roger currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Perillon Software Inc., Paragon Airheater Technologies, Inc., and Energy Automation Systems, Inc., as well as on the Advisory Boards of Gridpoint, C3, Inflection Point Capital, and the Association of Rare Earth (RARE). Roger also serves on the Selection Committee for the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) Zayed Future Energy Prize and is the Co-Chair of the Aspen Institute’s Clean Energy Forum.
“A frequent speaker and media commentator, Roger is a well-known clean energy expert and has been a Lecturer in the area of energy and climate policy at the Harvard Law School and a Senior Fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute in Washington D.C.”
Source: Green Strategies, Inc.
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Sponsorships are an important part of supporting the student teams’ participation in the Ohio Clean Energy Challenge. In addition to supporting the Ohio Competition, sponsorships will fund costs associated with student travel and poster presentations.
To view Sponsorship Opportunities, click here
- 2014 Ohio Clean Energy Challenge
- Challenge Overview
- Ohio Competition
- Sponsorship Opportunities
- 2014 Semi-Finalist Teams
- Awards & Prizes
- Ohio Mentorship Program
- How To Apply
- Team Schedule
- Challenge Checklist
- Eligibility Requirements
- Live Pitch & Presentation Guidelines
- Evaluation Criteria
- Challenge Webinars
- Challenge Champions
- 2013 Ohio Challenge Featured Teams
Registration Deadline: Feb. 21
To register to attend the 2014 Ohio Clean Energy Challenge on Fri., Feb. 28, 2014, click the link below.