Clean Energy Challenge 2014

Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 7:30am - 6:30pm

Clean Energy Challenge


Clean Energy Challenge 2014

Clean Energy Trust

Thursday, April 3, 2014 from 7:30 AM to 6:30 PM (CDT)

Chicago, IL

Register here

We are thrilled that clean energy trailblazers Tom Steyer and David Crane are supporting this event. Don't miss these industry giants share their insights on the trends, policies, and players that will shape the future of the clean energy economy. 



Clean Energy Trust is proud to present the 4th annual Clean Energy Challenge!

After an intensive mentorship program, on April 3rd these finalists will pitch their disruptive businesses to a judging panel of venture capitalists, corporate investors and business leaders.

This year we are offering our largest award amounts in the history of the event-- thanks to our generous sponsors. Up to $500,000 in prizes will be awarded this year; including a $100K prize from Wells Fargo, a $50K aviation bio fuels prize from United, Boeing, and UOP Honeywell, a $20K women CEO prize from ComEd, and a $25K prize from McCaffrey Interests.

Grand prize winners in the Student track will receive a $100,000 cash prize, sponsored by the US Department of Energy-- and go on to compete in the national competition in Washington D.C.

We are so grateful to our judges, mentors, advisers, partners, and sponsors who help us showcase the best and most cutting edge clean energy innovations being developed in the Midwest.


8:00 - 9:00 am | Registration & Breakfast 

9:00 - 10:00 am | Tom Steyer Keynote Address 

10:00 - 11:00 am | Student Team Pitches 

11:00 - 11:20 am | Break 

11:20 - 12:00 pm | Student Team Pitches 

12:10 - 1:30 pm | Lunch & Fireside Chat with David Crane & Julie Wernau

1:40 - 3:00 pm | Early Stage Team Pitches 

3:00 - 3:20 pm | Break 

3:20 - 4:30 pm | Early Stage Team Pitches 

4:30 - 5:30 pm | The Gala Performers 

5:30 - 7:30 pm | Awards & Reception



The 2014 Challenge happens April 3, 2014 at Venue SIX10 in Chicago, IL.

Accommodations are available at the nearby RENAISSANCE BLACKSTONE CHICAGO HOTEL for the evening of April 2nd, with limited availability the evening of April 3rd. Please email or call Emily Achler with questions at or (847) 687-9367.

Attendees that make reservations before 3/14/14 can book a deluxe king hotel room for a discount rate of $182 per night.

Reservations can be made at 1-800-468-3571 using the keyword "Clean Energy Challenge" or "Clean Energy Trust".


Please email or call Emily Achler with questions at or (847) 687-9367.