Program Helps Mentor Energy Start Ups

If you have an inventive idea on how to solve the world’s energy problems through computer software, SURGE wants to hear from you. SURGE Accelerator, a mentor-driven program that funds energy start-ups, has announced the opening of its Spring 2012 Program Application.

A total of 10 finalists will be chosen for the program. Each will receive $30,000 in cash, more than $20,000-worth of in kind services and 12 weeks of mentoring to help get their energy start-up company up and running.  SURGE is looking to help entrepreneurs with innovations in three renewable energy segments – Smart Grid Applications, Energy Trading & Risk Management and the Digital Oilfield.

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Finalists accepted into SURGE will spend three months in Houston attending educational seminars from  industry experts on topics ranging from legal formation to intellectual property. The ‘boot-camp’ type learning experience is meant to prepare entrepreneurs for  rapid customer acquisition and the next round of financing.

Entrepreneurs can submit their applications by visiting www.surgeaccelerator.com/apply/apply_now.  Finalists will be announced in late January 2012 with the program beginning in March 2012.  SURGE Accelerator finalists will complete their curriculum by presenting to industry experts, media and investors at SURGE Day in May 2012.

Kristy Hessman is a writer and native Oregonian who currently resides in California. Before starting her own company, she worked as a reporter covering business and politics for daily newspapers and The Associated Press.