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

We had a great time at the 2020 CET University Accelerator Demo Day event on September 17. Our prize winners were STARS Sensors ($25,000) and Farm to Flame ($5,000)!

We enjoyed working with all of the teams in the program and are proud of the progress each has made. We invite you to watch each company’s pitch on our YouTube channel.

We also had a fascinating conversation between Nature’s Fynd CEO and Co-Founder Thomas Jonas and Clean Energy Trust CEO Erik Birkerts, which you can view here.

Read about the CET University Accelerator Summer 2020 cohort here


CET University Accelerator Program Overview

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.


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.