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GS Beyond Energy
Innovation Challenge

$100,000 Cash • No Strings • No Dilution

Presented by Cleantech.org

$100,000 Prize to the Top Startup

The GS Beyond Energy Innovation Challenge celebrates purpose-driven startups that address persistent and emerging energy transition problems. The winner of the challenge will receive a $100,000 cash prize, the top three semi-finalists will receive special consideration for a pilot project with GS Group and the top five startups will be invited to pitch energy industry leaders and investors in a virtual event.

Who Should Apply

Energy sector startups with MVPs or working prototypes in the earliest seed funding stage to those in later stages with customers.

Digitization of Energy

How we generate, distribute, and consume energy is being disrupted by low cost renewables, electrification, energy storage, and increasingly, the application of digital technologies, such as AI, ML, IoT, Cloud, and Blockchain. This category is for startups leading the effort to bring digital technologies into the analog world of energy.

eMobility in Cities

Cities are struggling to provide adequate, affordable, clean and safe transportation to their residents. Electric vehicles offer the opportunity to improve the quality of life in urban centers, but also places new demands on the electricity grid of cities. This category is for startups who are working to bring electrification of transportation to our urban centers.

New Fuels

Throughout history, we have found and exploited new fuel sources, from wood to fossil fuels, to renewables. We continue to seek new cleaner sources of energy, including Hydrogen, fusion, renewables, and synthetic fuels. This category is for startups pioneering innovative new fuel types.

Awards

1st Place

$100,000 cash to the most innovative product & business model

Top 3

Consideration for a pilot project with GS Group

Top 5

Pitch your startup to energy industry leaders and investors

Top 5

Pitch your startup to energy industry leaders and investors

Top 3

Consideration for a pilot project with GS Group

1st Place

$100,000 cash to the most innovative product & business model

Presenting companies receive one-on-one mentorship and coaching from Energy Transition Ventures, GS Beyond, GS Futures, Investors, and industry experts as well as exposure to over $1 billion in venture capital.

Key Dates

Applications open
We are reviewing applications on a rolling basis, early applications have an increased chance of receiving mentorship and coaching.
June 6, 2021
All semi-finalists notified
June 24, 2021
Finalists one-on-one mentorship and Coaching from ETV, GS Beyond, GS Futures, Investors, and industry experts
July 21, 2021
Virtual pitch event

Meet the Judges

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Deb Merril

President

EDF Retail

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Climate Pledge Fund

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Partner

Energy Transition Ventures

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Deb Merril

President

EDF Retail

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Rodrigo Prudencio

Climate Pledge Fund

Amazon

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Partner

Energy Transition Ventures

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Kemal Anbarci

GM of Venture Capital

Chevron Technology Ventures

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Kevin Hahm

New Business

GS Energy

Sungene-Ryang

Sungene Ryang

Executive Director / Host

GS Beyond

Kemal

Kemal Anbarci

GM of Venture Capital

Chevron Technology Ventures

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Kevin Hahm

New Business

GS Energy

Sungene-Ryang

Sungene Ryang

Executive Director / Host

GS Beyond

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Accelerator Partners

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