Ready, set, innovate!

Back in March, we mentioned that the Department of Energy had a new idea to help jump-start energy startups – The ‘America’s Next Top Energy Innovator’ Challenge.

Well guess what, folks? Today marks the start of the Challenge! From now until December 15, entrepreneurs and companies can apply for up to 3 of the Department of Energy’s 15,000 unlicensed patents for only $1,000 up front and with much less paperwork required.

The idea is to expedite the process of bringing new energy technologies to the U.S. marketplace. “Our goal is simple,” said Secretary Chu, “unleash America’s innovation machine and win the global race for the clean energy jobs of the future.”

If you’re interested, you can look through the available technologies and learn more about the process on the Department’s Energy Innovation Portal. You can also see a short powerpoint document the Department compiled that answers the most commonly asked questions.

Now get out there and innovate!

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