On May 14th 2015 17 finalists who have successfully completed the ideation, business innovation, and prototyping stages of the SunShot Catalyst Contest publicly demonstrated their products to a panel of judges and audience members. Five winners were chosen to win up to $100,000 each to bring their early stage solutions to market.
The SunShot Catalyst prize program connects contestants to the tools, prototyping resources through the TopCoder platform, data assets managed by NREL, and resources developed by the Energy Department and its national laboratories to help them bring soft cost solution prototypes to life.
To learn more about the 17 finalists and their ideas, read more in my article for Renewable Energy World. Finalists presented ideas spanning from customer acquisition to big data analytics to financing and funding.