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Filecoin Launchpad Accelerator

Protocol Labs

Due 05/09/2021

The Filecoin Launchpad Accelerator is a full-time, fully-remote program, built in collaboration with Tachyon. We're looking for startups building more open, interoperable, and programmable tools, infrastructure, and applications for the distributed web through IPFS, Filecoin and Ethereum. The program runs for 12 weeks from June to September. Learn more here, including mentors and full details: https://mesh.xyz/tachyon/


American-Made E-ROBOT Prize

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Due 05/13/2021

The E-ROBOT Prize is designed to catalyze the development of minimally invasive, low-cost, and holistic building envelope retrofit solutions that make retrofits easier, faster, safer, and more accessible for workers. It offers $4 million in cash prizes for competitors and an additional $1 million in recognition awards and support for the American-Made Network Connectors in the American-Made Network.

Eligibility: Individuals or teams legally residing or based in the United States. Competitors can be individuals of one or multiple organizations, students, university faculty members, small business owners, researchers, or anyone with the desire and drive to transform an idea into an impactful solution.

Phase 1 – Concept and Design: In this phase, teams are expected to present an innovative idea that solves a known industry problem for building envelope retrofits. This phase focuses on proving that the solution solves a critical building envelope need, developing a concept and design, and forming a team capable of achieving success. Up to 10 Phase 1 winners will win $200,000 in cash prizes and will then be eligible to compete in Phase 2.

Phase 2 – Build and Validate: In Phase 2, winning competitors from Phase 1 will take their individual components add the other required functionality to create a holistic, and “turnkey,” integrated product offering. In Phase 2, up to four winners will win $500,000 in cash prizes.

Submission Deadline: May 12, 2021

OVO Fund's Summer Studio

OVO Fund

Due 05/14/2021

Are you a college student looking to take your idea to the next level? Spend Summer 2021 working on your idea! We give recipients equity-free funding to pursue their passion project full-time for the summer. We seek out student founders with technical expertise in the problem they are tackling. Applications are on a rolling basis.

NSIN Propel


Due 05/20/2021

Have tech in Smart Cities, Mobility, Supply Chain/Logistics, or Industrial Automation & Manufacturing? NSIN's next iteration of Propel is partnering with Newlab, Decisive Point and AFRL to scale your product and business in-line with established federal procurement opportunities.

New Mexico Lab-Embedded Entrepreneur Program (LEEP)

New Mexico LEEP

Due 05/22/2021

New Mexico LEEP matches innovators in science or advanced technology with the unique expertise and resources of New Mexico’s national laboratories, seed capital, and a large network of mentors, customers, and investors.

Apply by May 21

I-Corps Training Course for Early-Stage Startups

Bay Area Regional I-Corps

Due 06/01/2021

Have a startup idea? Bay Area I-Corps can help you turn ideas into reality. This one-week course includes three evening sessions, based on Steve Blank's Lean LaunchPad (Business Model Canvas + Customer Discovery), on how to identify and refine Value Propositions and Customer Segments to de-risk your idea and achieve product-market fit. Outside of class, you'll conduct at least 15 interviews with potential customers. Teams that complete this course may qualify for the National I-Corps Program, a 7-week course that comes with a $50,000 customer discovery grant.

Next course begins June 14.

Apply to attend.

Hello Tomorrow Global Challenge

Hello Tomorrow

Due 06/18/2021

The Hello Tomorrow Global Challenge is a world-renowned competition designed to unearth early-stage startups that are developing cutting edge, deep technologies to tackle worldwide challenges. Selected participants will have the chance to win equity-free prize money of up to €100,000, customized coaching sessions, personal introductions with investors and corporates, global visibility, and the opportunity to pitch and showcase in front of an exclusive audience of investors and industry leaders at the annual Hello Tomorrow Global Summit, the biggest gathering of the deep tech ecosystem, held on December 2-3, 2021 in Paris.

UC Berkeley startups Huue Bio (fka Tinctorium) and Serinus Labs made it all the way to the Finals during the last Hello Tomorrow Global Challenge!

Applications open until June 18

The House Fund Accelerator

The House Fund

Due 06/30/2021

Introducing The House Accelerator – a new program for Cal alumni, faculty, or student founded startups to receive up to $250,000 in funding and access to our personalized support platform for Cal founders. We'll accelerate your path to finding product market fit, identifying and securing key customer accounts, raising the next round of financing, building out a rockstar team, and achieving the next phase of growth for the business.

XPRIZE Carbon Removal


Due 10/01/2021

XPRIZE Carbon Removal is aimed at tackling the biggest threat facing humanity - fighting climate change and rebalancing Earth’s carbon cycle. Funded by Elon Musk and the Musk Foundation, this $100M competition is the largest incentive prize in history.‎ The global competition invites innovators and teams to create and demonstrate solutions that can pull carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere or oceans, and sequester it durably and sustainably. The competition will last for 4 years through Earth Day 2025. Register to create or join a team.

There are prizes for both faculty/expert teams and student teams. XPRIZE will award up to US$5M to student teams in Fall 2021.

Student award submission deadline: October 1, 2021


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