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

This award opportunity is open now and closes on March 1, 2021.

 

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.

Nicor Gas

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

This award opportunity is open now and closes on March 1, 2021. 

 

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