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2022 Future of Energy Challenge

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Future of Energy Challenge

If you're looking for mentorship, an accelerator curriculum, and a community of sustainability-oriented social entrepreneurs to join, then the Future of Energy Challenge is for you!

About the Future of Energy Challenge

For the fifth consecutive year, Net Impact is seeking creative and actionable ideas from next generation leaders that will shape our path to a more sustainable energy future. We invite teams who dream of launching their own sustainable energy enterprise to develop solutions with us in 2022.

Through access to our expansive network of social impact changemakers and influential business leaders, Net Impact provides challenge participants with resources and mentorship to transform their innovative ideas into viable proof of concepts that will lead to sustainable business ventures. 

Last year’s challenge focused on emission reductions specifically related to scope 3 emissions. This year’s challenge is targeting emissions reductions more broadly by seeking solutions related to the reduction of scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions. For more information, please download the challenge brief.

Challenge Question

Addressing GHG emissions across a supply change is an area with substantial opportunities for aspiring entrepreneurs looking to have an impact in the energy space. We invite you, the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs, to submit your solutions to the following question:

How might emissions be significantly reduced, whether applied to individual consumer or commercial activities?

How The Challenge Will Help Launch Your Enterprise

By participating in the 2022 Net Impact Accelerator you will:

  • Receive mentorship from industry experts and business coaches who will work with you to develop assets such as a proof of concept, impact assessment strategy, theory of change, and a minimum viable product.
  • Have access to a network of sustainability-oriented social entrepreneurs working towards impactful solutions. 
  • Get feedback to grow your solution and the support to launch your venture.
  • Develop a pitch deck to share with potential investors or clients.
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Benefits

Mentorship

Industry experts and mentors provide guidance and feedback as finalists develop a roadmap to launching their enterprise

Connections

Unlock access to a network of business and industry experts, and a community of sustainability-oriented social entrepreneurs

Prize

The winning team will receive up to $10,000 of non-dilutive funding to invest in the next stage of developing their clean energy start-up. See the challenge brief for full details.

How it Works

Submit a Proposal

Participants submit a proposal with a potential solution addressing the challenge statement  **Download the challenge brief for more information**

Submit your solutions by the early-bird deadline of February 18, 2022 to receive customized feedback and the opportunity to re-submit your concept by the final deadline (4/15).

Become a Finalist!

Up to six teams will be chosen as the Future of Energy Scholars. Future of Energy Scholars will develop their solutions through an accelerator to grow their solution into a scalable business.

Pitch-off and Win!

The accelerator culminates with a pitch competition in the summer of 2022. The winning team will receive up to $10,000 of non-dilutive funding to invest in the next stage of developing their clean energy start-up. See the challenge brief for full details.

Eligibility Criteria

The Future of Energy Challenge is hosted by Net Impact and powered by Shell GameChanger

 

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