For over a decade, Clean Energy Trust has been committed to making the world a better place, and we need the brightest minds working on climate innovation. The solutions we need will come from smart, motivated people from all walks of life.
Aligned with our mission of supporting early-stage startups and entrepreneurs working on solutions for clean energy, decarbonization, and environmental sustainability, we are proud to offer multiple opportunities specifically for women, Black, Indigenous, and/ or People of Color entrepreneurs.
In a concerted effort to support entrepreneurs and make the cleantech ecosystem more accessible, we created the program, DEI at CET. Formalizing this program allows us to build upon the work we already do to empower entrepreneurs.
Clean Energy Trust has long been invested in the growth of female and minority cleantech founders as these communities are often underrepresented in the cleantech and clean energy industries. Our portfolio reflects this ongoing commitment and consists of 60% female and minority-led startups.
With the DEI at CET program, we are proud to launch the second year of the U.S. Bank Foundation Cleantech Inclusion Award and the first year of the Nicor Gas Multicultural Innovator Award. Learn more about these awards below. In addition to these award opportunities, we also welcome applicants to apply for investment through our 501vc® Seed Fund.
DEI at CET Award and Funding Opportunities
The U.S. Bank Foundation Cleantech Inclusion Award
- The U.S. Bank Foundation Cleantech Inclusion Award supports entrepreneurs who are female and/or people of color building innovative companies that benefit the environment, create jobs, and drive economic development.
Learn more about the U.S. Bank Foundation Cleantech Inclusion Award here.
The Nicor Gas Multicultural Innovator Award
- The Nicor Gas Multicultural Innovator Award supports entrepreneurs who are making a positive environmental impact throughout Illinois.
Learn more about the Nicor Gas Multicultural Innovator Award here.
Clean Energy Trust’s 501vc® Seed Fund
- Clean Energy Trust’s 501vc® Seed Fund invests $100k – $300k in early-stage cleantech startups in the Mid-Continent region of the United States. Our open, rolling investment application process allows for great ideas to be recognized and rewarded year-round. No “warm” intros required!
Learn if your company is eligible for investment and apply here.
Check back here for details on even more opportunities for cleantech entrepreneurs.
Want to get involved? Contact Susie Spigelman, Director of Business Development and Partnerships, for more information.