Clean Energy Trust University Accelerator

Clean Energy Trust supports student entrepreneurship through our University Accelerator initiative.

The CET University Accelerator

The CET University Accelerator Demo Day

Join us to cheer on our CET University Accelerator student teams online on Thursday, September 17th from 3:00-4:30 pm CT.

Watch them pitch their businesses – and learn about early stage cleantech innovation and entrepreneurship in the Midwest region. A panel of expert judges will evaluate the companies and award more than $25,000 in prize money!

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The Clean Energy Trust (CET) University Accelerator is a business accelerator that supports student entrepreneurs working on impactful cleantech solutions. Participating teams are connected with industry advisors and receive hands-on support and pitch coaching from the experienced Clean Energy Trust team to help accelerate their business.

The CET University Accelerator takes place remotely during the summer and culminates in a demo day in the fall, where teams will showcase their businesses to cleantech ecosystem stakeholders and compete for cash prize awards.

This program exists to provide deep engagement and support to promising student teams in the cleantech space. While many universities offer entrepreneurship support and acceleration, this support is typically limited to the school year, and not industry-specific. Clean Energy Trust has extensive experience running student entrepreneurship programming as well as investing in and supporting early-stage cleantech businesses. We’ll leverage this knowledge to support your business.

Read about the CET University Accelerator Summer 2020 cohort here


Summary Details for the Summer 2020 CET University Accelerator Program

  • Program:
    • Remote summer accelerator program with support from Clean Energy Trust and industry advisors
    • Culminates in a demo day event in the fall in Chicago where two teams will be awarded cash prizes
  • Company Eligibility:
    • Developing innovations to solve environmental challenges
    • Based in the Mid-Continent region of the United States
    • Students comprise at least 50% of the founding team 
    • Have not raised more than $1 Million in private capital
  • Application Deadline was April 22, 2020


Is your business based on university intellectual property, but not led by students?
Consider applying for funding from Clean Energy Trust’s 501vc® Seed Fund instead.