ACC Cleantech Brainiacs, $100K Could Be Yours

College students attending universities throughout the Southeastern United States are invited to submit their business plans for new clean energy companies in the ACC Clean Energy Challenge competition. At stake is a $100,000 prize pot and the chance to compete in the finals in Washington, D.C.

The competition is open to graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in accredited colleges or universities in Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia.

ACC Clean Tech Challenge

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There are three rounds of submissions in the Challenge: an executive summary, a business plan and a video pitch. Initial entries are due February 20, 2012. Finals will be held at the University of Maryland on April 25, 2012. Supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the competition looks for business plans relating to renewable energy, energy efficiency improvements and advanced fuels and/or vehicles.

The Department of Energy has awarded $360,000 for the ACC Clean Energy Challenge and a total of $2 million to the ACC and five additional regions in the U.S. as part of its inaugural nationwide network of student-focused clean energy business plan competitions over the next three years. Interested students can find more information and enter at: www.accnrg.org.

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.