U.S. Bank Foundation Cleantech Inclusion Award

This award supports entrepreneurs who are female and/or people of color and who are building innovative companies that benefit the environment, create jobs, and drive economic development.

U.S. Bank Foundation Cleantech Inclusion Award

The award application closed on March 12, 2021.

 

Clean Energy Trust is on a mission with U.S. Bank Foundation to support underserved and underrepresented cleantech entrepreneurs. The U.S. Bank Foundation Cleantech Inclusion Award supports entrepreneurs who are female and/or people of color who are building innovative companies that benefit the environment, create jobs, and drive economic development.

“Supporting female and minority business owners and environmental sustainability is at the heart of our commitment to being a socially responsible company,” said Reba Dominski, Chief Social Responsibility Officer for U.S. Bank. “Through this award and our work with Clean Energy Trust, we are able to help accelerate innovative technology and support startups.”

The U.S. Bank Foundation Cleantech Inclusion Award is a grant awarded to entrepreneurs who are female and/or people of color and who are building innovative companies that benefit the environment, create jobs, and drive economic development. Recipients of the Cleantech Inclusion Award receive a non-recourse grant of $25,000, 12-months of business mentorship from U.S. Bank Foundation and Clean Energy Trust, and heightened exposure to both investors and potential customers.

 

U.S. Bank Foundation

Award Application Criteria

Founder:
Company must have at least one company founder who identifies as female or a person of color

Eligible Geographies:
Companies headquartered in the following states are eligible:
Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Company Criteria:

  • Company must be legally incorporated
  • Company employment must be within the range of 2-12 full-time employees
  • Company must not have raised greater than $3 million from external investors
  • Company must own or have a valid license to relevant IP
  • Preferred: Companies with a market-ready product or service

Sector:
Eligible founders must have a product or service that mitigates harmful emissions, reduces carbon, or otherwise positively impacts the environment. Eligible sectors include renewable energy, energy efficiency, smart buildings/cities, energy storage, and mobility/advanced transportation.

Additional Qualities:
While not explicitly required, other beneficial qualifications include:

  • Founder’s product or service provides a positive social impact and has the potential to benefit disadvantaged communities
  • Company is revenue-generating

Are you a founder based in 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.


 

NUMiX Materials Team
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Congratulations to 2020 winner NUMiX Materials!

The 2020 U.S. Bank Foundation Cleantech Inclusion Award winner is NUMiX Materials. NUMiX Materials is a women-run cleantech startup that recovers metals from contaminated water for future reuse. 

“We are honored to receive the first U.S. Bank Foundation Cleantech Inclusion Award,” said NUMiX Materials Co-Founder and CEO Katie Kollhoff. “This award provides us with critical funding and business support we need to reach our next technological milestone.”

Read about NUMiX Materials here and watch NUMiX Materials Co-Founder and CEO Katie Kollhoff present at Clean Energy Trust’s annual flagship event, Co_Invest Cleantech 2020: