New Venture Challenge

To learn more about the CU Cleantech New Venture Challenge, please visit the NVC website at:

The CU Cleantech New Venture Challenge (NVC) is an annual regional cleantech business plan competition hosted by CU Cleantech at the University of Colorado at Boulder with a $100,000 first place prize. The NVC is a student-focused competition, for students and organized by students. The eligible region encompasses the states of Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming. The U.S. Department of Energy selected CU Cleantech to host the competition as part of the National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition, along with M.I.T., Rice University, Caltech, University of Maryland and Clean Energy Trust.

To compete, students form teams around a technology related to renewable energy or energy efficiency and develop a two-page business plan that addresses the key areas of go-to-market strategy, market and industry analysis, technology development, economics, risks and team. These plans are evaluated by a group of judges made up of experienced entrepreneurs, innovators and investors, and the top teams are invited to Boulder, CO to give formal presentations to a group of judges. The top teams win cash prizes and in-kind support, with the winner taking home $100,000. The wining team also gets to compete at the National Competition in Washington, D.C. against the other regional competition winners for additional monetary and in-kind prizes, investor connections and national publicity. Throughout the competition, the teams will receive support to develop their businesses with mentors, connections to industry, webinars and other assistance. To learn more about the CU Cleantech New Venture Challenge, visit or contact the NVC Program Manager, Justin Seymour.

Engaging the next generation of America’s energy leaders that have developed effective strategies for commercializing new clean energy technologies that will help American businesses lead the future.

Stephen Chu


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