April 30 – May 1, 2019 | McKimmon Conference & Training Center | NC State University | Raleigh, NC
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Inaugural Energy Innovation Student Pitch Competition


The inaugural Energy Innovation Student Pitch Competition, will be held in conjunction with the State Energy Conference of North Carolina on April 30 - May 1, 2019. Through generous sponsorships, we are awarding prizes to student teams led by North Carolina-based colleges and universities.

Student teams will pitch their ideas by showcasing solutions in one of the following categories:

  • Energy Innovation—Best new energy product or business model
  • Energy Poverty—Best plan or product to address energy poverty or inequality
  • Next Gen Energy Challenges—Most promising next gen research ideas

How it works.

Two teams of finalists in each category will provide a 10-minute pitch at a dinner event hosted on April 29, 2019, the evening prior to the State Energy Conference. Registration for the dinner will be open to all to attend. All finalists will also have a 60-second video featured during the State Energy Conference, which draws over 800 attendees over the two day event.

Finalist Award Prizes will include:

  • $3000 for the grand finalist team in each category
  • $1000 for the runner up team in each category

Timeline and Deadlines

Due by March 15: Round one, Open call for projects:

Application, initial 60-second video and a one page executive summary for your project. Application link coming soon!. Notification via email by March 29 to semifinalist teams.

Due by April 12: Round two, by invitation only:

Maximum five page business plan based on template to be provided. Notification via email by April 19 of top two teams in each category of advancement to Finals. Finalists invited to present at the pitch competition dinner.

April 29: Inaugural Energy Innovation Student Pitch Competition Dinner:

Teams, by invitation only, will provide a 10 minute in-person pitch before judges and audience. Grand prize winners and runners up selected in each of three categories: Energy Innovation, Energy Poverty, and Next Gen Energy Challenges. Dinner registration is open to conference attendees and industry professionals. Registration and payment is required.

Event Location:
Cannon Room at HQ Raleigh Capital Club
16 W. Martin Street
12th Floor
Raleigh, NC 27601

Time: Heavy Hors d'oeuvres beginning at 6:00 pm with student pitches following

April 30 – May 1: State Energy Conference:

Revised 60-second project pitch videos for all finalists presented throughout the conference.

Click here for sponsorship information for the student pitch competition.
For more information about the event, please contact Shannon Helm.

DISCLAIMER: STUDENT DOMPETITION EVENT SUBJECT TO CHANGE DUE TO TARGET PARTICIPATION