Department of Energy Business Plan Competition for Clean Tech Entrepreneurs

Have an innovative business idea that you think could make a difference? Just need the cash to make it happen? Calling all university students interested in low-carbon technologies and entrepreneurship! The new economy is largely dependent on clean energy technology and the US Department of Energy is hosting a premier opportunity to pitch your ideas: The Regional Clean Energy Business Plan Competition.

Six regional competitions across the US will serve as platforms for students to transform great clean energy ideas into great businesses. You have a chance to bring your clean technologies to the market through creative business solutions.

Plan submissions will be accepted starting today, though regional deadlines vary, so be sure to check out your area’s submission deadline.

The regional competitions will be completed by May 1st, 2012. Panels of expert judges will select a winning team from each region to advance to the finals. The six regional winners will each receive $100,000 and a chance to compete for a National Grand Prize at a competition held at the Department of Energy in Washington, D.C., in early summer 2012. Click here for more detailed information. Make it happen: your clean tech idea can become a reality!

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Scott Cooney, Principal of GreenBusinessOwner.com and author of Build a Green Small Business: Profitable Ways to Become an Ecopreneur (McGraw-Hill, November 2008), is also a serial ecopreneur who has started and grown several green businesses and consulted several other green startups. He co-founded the ReDirect Guide, a green business directory, in Salt Lake City, UT. He greened his home in Salt Lake City, including xeriscaping, an organic orchard, extra natural fiber insulation, a 1.8kW solar PV array, on-demand hot water, energy star appliances, and natural paints. He is a vegetarian, an avid cyclist, ultimate frisbee player, and surfer, and currently lives in the sunny Mission district of San Francisco. Scott is working on his second book, a look at microeconomics in the green sector.In June 2010, Scott launched GreenBusinessOwner.com, a sustainability consulting firm dedicated to providing solutions to common business problems by leveraging the power of the triple bottom line. Focused exclusively on small business, GBO's mission is to facilitate the creation and success of small, green businesses.