Go With The FLoW: Win $200k To Start A Clean Energy Business

Got a great idea for a clean energy business, but think you have to graduate from college you can make it a reality? Think again.

Led by CalTech, a public-private consortium called First Look West (FLoW) is looking for entrepreneurial-minded university students from all disciplines to apply to win $200,000 in prize money by submitting their idea for a clean energy business. The effort is part of Startup America, the Obama Administration’s campaign to inspire and promote entrepreneurship.

Even more important than the prize money, FLoW offers experienced mentors, legal start-up packages and the opportunity to pitch to investors ready to take action and work with student entrepreneurs. Winning teams from six regions across the country also get the chance to participate in the National Competition in Washington D.C., June 2012.

“FLoW will provide students with the lifelong skills needed to start new ventures now or in the future and transform promising energy technologies into innovative energy products that will create jobs, boost American competitiveness, and strengthen the economy,” said Krisztina Holly, Vice Provost for Innovation at USC, as well as a member of the National Advisory Council for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

If you’ve been sitting on a great idea for a clean tech company or product, now might be the time to put it down on paper. Finalists will be automatically accepted into the Green Technology Entrepreneurship Academy (GTEA), offered by the Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, at UC Davis, June 25 – 27, 2012.

These are once in a lifetime opportunities but you’ve got to act fast: Applications are due by February 28, 2012. Students from California, Alaska, Idaho, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon and Washington, American Samoa and Guam are invited to enter. Applications can be submitted online at the FLoW website, www.flow.caltech.edu. Experienced business leaders interested in mentoring can sign up there as well.

Related Reading:

Top 6 Clean Tech Innovations Of 2011 [Slideshow]

California Proves Reducing Emissions Can Grow The Economy

Four Green Technologies That Could Change The World

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Patricia Garcia Ces
Patricia Ces3 years ago

Thanks a lot for spreading the word!!

Eco M I A MoonWalk Again

thanks for sharing

Andrea A.
Andrea A.3 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Richard B.
Richard B.3 years ago

Those inventions need to be under an open source license for greatest benefit http://www.opensource.org/licenses/alphabetical

Carole R.
Carole R.3 years ago

Good to know. Maybe it will help.

Love L.
Love Light3 years ago


bharathi A.
bharathi A.3 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Lydia Price

This is wonderful! But I do wish that there were programs like this for older folks not in school. I've heard some pretty fantastic ideas but the problem always is no money to develop them or promote them.

Sue Matheson
Sue Matheson3 years ago


Nina Anghel
Nina Anghel3 years ago

Thanks for the article.