The Nicor Gas Multicultural Innovator Award

The Nicor Gas Multicultural Innovator Award supports entrepreneurs who are making a positive environmental impact throughout Illinois.

Nicor Gas Multicultural Innovator Award

Congratulations to Celadyne Technologies!

The inaugural recipient of the 2021 Nicor Gas Multicultural Innovator Award is Celadyne Technologies. Celadyne Technologies’ novel membrane technology enables hydrogen production, storage and usage to be more efficient and less capital intensive, potentially reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 30% across grid storage, trucking and other heavy-duty industries, while also ensuring equitable access to energy.

“On behalf of Celadyne, I am very excited to receive this award and to work with Nicor Gas and Clean Energy Trust to advance our mission to decarbonize energy with hydrogen,” said Gary Ong, founder and CEO of Celadyne Technologies. “Decarbonizing energy is a grand challenge, so as a deep-tech company in Illinois, we are thrilled to have the backing of one of the premier energy companies in the state to help us.”

Read more about Celadyne Technologies here.


As part of Clean Energy Trust’s DEI at CET program, we are excited to work with Nicor Gas to support entrepreneurs who are making a positive environmental impact throughout Illinois.

Recipients of the Nicor Gas Multicultural Innovator Award receive a non-recourse grant of $25,000, 12-months of business mentorship from Nicor Gas and Clean Energy Trust, and heightened exposure to both investors and potential customers.

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Award Application Criteria

Founder/ CEO: Company must have a founder or CEO who identifies as Black, Indigenous, and/ or a Person of Color

Eligible Geographies: Based in Illinois or has a substantial Illinois presence

Company Criteria:

  • 2-12 full-time employees
  • Can be either product or service-based
  • No more than $3M in funding raised
  • Must demonstrate at least 3-6 months of funding runway
  • Does not need to be market-ready, but preferred

Eligible Sectors: Renewable energy, energy efficiency, smart buildings/cities, water, ag-tech, energy storage, mobility/advanced transportation, circular economy, and digital solutions for operational efficiencies, reduced maintenance costs, customer engagement, and/or worker training/management

Are you a founder based in or outside of Illinois? View more award opportunities here.

The award application closed on March 12, 2021.

 

If you have any questions, please email Program Manager Dylan O’Reilly at dylan.oreilly@cleanenergytrust.org.