The MIT Clean Energy Prize (MIT CEP) held its Boston spring kickoff event on February 2nd at Greentown Labs, one of Boston’s leading clean tech incubators. The event was a success with over one hundred guests, ranging from university students to CEOs of startup companies. Because this function was organized in conjunction with Greentown Labs’ bi- monthly EnergyBar, a social gathering designed to spark conversations and foster strong networks within Boston’s sustainable energy community, the scope of this outreach event was broad. In addition to engaging the larger Boston community, the spring kickoff event played an important and active role in facilitating team formation among interested participants. Guests indicated whether they were interested in joining a team or looking for participants to complete their existing team. Passionate conversations could be heard around the room with excited competitors sharing their ideas and plans for the competition.

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In parallel, on February 2nd, the MIT CEP held a New York kickoff for teams in the surrounding region. Hosted near Times Square by AT Kearney and NY-ACRE, the NYC Interest Meeting attracted approximately 35 graduate students from Columbia University, NYU, and CUNY. Student backgrounds ranged from policy to engineering to business and the physical sciences.

The MIT CEP is excited to see so much enthusiasm surrounding the competition this year and looks forward to receiving strong first-round submissions on March 2nd. Submissions are open and your business plan team can submit here!

In terms of additional cleantech entrepreneurship opportunities in Cambridge, on March 7th, MIT and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati are hosting the Energy & Cleantech Entrepreneurs Boot Camp. This event is fully booked but you can check the MIT CEP website regularly for more similar opportunities.