Effimax Solar a Semifinalist in the Student Clean Energy Challenge

Categories : EnterpriseWorks, Recognition & Awards
Posted on: January 6, 2012


Contenders Chosen from More than 40 Innovative Clean Energy Business Plans Submitted by Students across the Midwest

Chicago – The Clean Energy Trust is excited to announce the semifinalists in its inaugural Clean Energy Challenge. A distinguished panel of independent evaluators selected student-led companies from eight states to compete for $50,000 in state prizes and the $100,000 grand prize, provided by the Department of Energy.

Applications from eight states were submitted in all technology areas of clean energy; from waste-to-energy solutions and biofuels to solar cells and new wind energy innovations. The semifinalists will receive mentoring to prepare them to present their business plans to a panel of judges comprised of venture capitalists, corporate investors and business leaders. The presentations will be made on the afternoon of February 29th, at which the eight finalists will earn a chance to compete for the grand prize on March 1 at the Spertus Center in Chicago.

“The Student Challenge is truly bringing the best and the brightest students to the forefront of the clean energy world,” noted Amy Francetic, executive director of the Clean Energy Trust. “They have taken wonderfully innovative technologies and built viable business plans around them.”

Student Challenge Finalist University Category
1. Amplified Wind Solutions Cleveland State University renewables
2. ATS Motors Purdue University next-gen transportation
3. Bagpipe Technologies Northwestern University energy-efficiency
4. Convolutus Inc. Purdue University energy-efficiency
5. Design Flux Technologies University of Akron energy storage
6. Effimax Solar University of Illinois–Urbana renewables
7. Electroluminescent Products University of Missouri–Kansas City energy-efficiency
8. Hydraulic Wind Power Indiana University renewables
9. NanoHarv Case Western Reserve University renewables
10. NuMat Technology Northwestern University energy storage
11. Power-by-Nano Purdue University renewables
12. ReGenerate Solutions University of Michigan—Ann Arbor biomass
13. Re:Wind Purdue University renewables
14. Root3 University of Chicago energy-efficiency
15. Saturnis Washington University biomass
16. SiNode Northwestern University energy storage


Finalists will present their business plans to a prestigious panel of judges at an all-day event March 1 at Venue Six10 in Chicago. The winner of the Student Challenge will compete in the national finals in Washington, D.C. this summer.

CET and its anchor partners—Cleantech Open and Nortech (Ohio), University of Michigan, Purdue University (Indiana) and Washington University (Missouri)—held statewide competitions to select three finalists from each state to compete in the Clean Energy Student Challenge in Chicago.  An additional 16 universities from across the Midwest served as supporting partners for the competitions.

The 2012 Clean Energy Challenge is sponsored by Wells Fargo, Acciona, Skadden, ArcelorMittal, Invenergy, Planet Solar, UK Trade & Investment, Goldwind, West Capital, True North Venture Partners and Marathon Capital.

To attend the 2012 Clean Energy Challenge, register here.

About Clean Energy Trust:
The Clean Energy Trust was founded by prominent business and civic leaders to accelerate the pace of clean energy innovation in the Midwest. The Trust is supported by grants from the U.S. Department of Energy, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, the Joyce Foundation, the Chicago Community Trust, the Small Business Administration and donations from over 50 investors, corporations, universities and trade groups. For more information, visit www.cleanenergytrust.org.