Wed, 04/27/2011 - 2:55pm
MIT Clean Energy Prize Presents “The Future of Clean Energy Innovation”
May 3rd Hynes Convention Center Showcase, Expert Panel featuring Jeff Immelt, GE CEO
Cambridge, Massachusetts– The MIT Clean Energy Prize, in collaboration with the MIT Enterprise Forum and NSTAR, is proud to present “The Future of Clean Energy Innovation”. The event includes a showcase of clean energy innovations, a keynote address and panel and awards ceremony to be held on Tuesday, May 3rd from 2:30 to 6:30pm at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston.
Clean Energy Prize Showcase (2:30 to 4:30): Open to the general public, the “Energy Innovation Showcase” will include poster exhibits from the MIT Clean Energy Prize top 25 semi-finalists, alumni teams and other successful energy start-ups. The showcase will highlight the innovations and achievements of clean energy entrepreneurs.
MIT Enterprise Forum on “Green Jobs” (4:30 to 6:00): A keynote from Jeff Immelt, Chairman and CEO of General Electric and Chairman of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, will address what energy sectors have the highest growth potential and how entrepreneurs, investors, and policy makers can work together to create a culture of innovation.
Technology Review Editor in Chief Jason Pontin will then lead an interactive discussion and audience Q&A with clean energy thought leaders further examining the current clean energy innovation landscape. Participating will be: Ric Fulop, Partner North Bridge and Co-founder of A123 Systems; Patrick Cloney, Executive Director, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center; and Steve Isaakowitz, CFO of the U.S. Department of Energy.
MIT Clean Energy Prize Finalist Awards (6:00 to 6:30): The MIT Clean Energy Prize will announce the five teams from the 2011 competition that will compete for a $200,000 grand prize.
Tickets for the “Green Jobs” segment are $40 for MIT Enterprise Forum members and MIT alumni, $50 for non-members and free for students. For more information, please visit http://enterpriseforum.mit.edu/.
About the MIT Clean Energy Prize. The MIT Clean Energy Prize competition was founded in 2008 to help implement a new generation of clean energy solutions through innovation and entrepreneurship. The competition is run by MIT graduate students under the leadership of the MIT Entrepreneurship Center.
Open to university teams from across the country, The MIT Clean Energy Prize is a national student business plan competition and educational platform for innovation, entrepreneurship and new venture creation in the clean energy space. Co-sponsored by NSTAR and the U.S. Department of Energy, the $200,000 grand prize aims to catalyze a new generation of clean energy solutions. The annual competition offers mentoring, coaching and cash prizes for commercializing the best clean energy innovations. Judging panels are composed of a balanced mix of industry, academic, entrepreneurial, and legal experts – all of whom have years of experience in the clean energy space.
Now in its fourth year, the competition has helped launch over twenty-eight companies that have secured over $85 million in investment capital and research grants.
For more information, please visit www.mitcep.org.