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Help Choose America's Next Top Energy Innovator

January 26, 2012 - 9:00am

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The America’s Next Top Energy Innovator Challenge, a part of the Startup America initiative, makes it easier for start-ups to use inventions and technologies developed at the U.S. Department of Energy’s 17 National Laboratories and the Y-12 National Security Complex. | Photo courtesy of National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

The America’s Next Top Energy Innovator Challenge, a part of the Startup America initiative, makes it easier for start-ups to use inventions and technologies developed at the U.S. Department of Energy’s 17 National Laboratories and the Y-12 National Security Complex. | Photo courtesy of National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

It’s up to you, America, to help decide America’s Next Top Energy Innovator. Voting opens today at 9 a.m. EST for you to help select which technology has the potential to deliver the greatest impact to the country’s economic and energy future.

Of the 36 companies that received option agreements, 14 of the start-up companies participating in America’s Next Top Energy Innovator Challenge have signed option agreements allowing them to license cutting-edge technologies developed and patented by one of the U.S. Department of Energy’s 17 National Laboratories and the Y-12 National Security Complex. With the help of the Department's technologies, these start-up companies are inventing new ways of doing business in America. 

You can view the profiles of these start-ups and then cast your votes by 'liking' your favorite companies at www.energy.gov/topinnovator. Voting will remain open until Monday, February 6 at 8:59 a.m. EST.

The voting results play a significant role in determining which of these innovative and promising companies will be invited to be featured at the 2012 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit, the premier annual gathering of clean energy investors and innovators. An expert panel will also evaluate the companies and rank them based on their economic and social impact.

"Through the America’s Next Top Energy Innovator Challenge, we are unleashing start-up companies to do what they do best: create new products, new industries, and new jobs,” said U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu. “We’ve challenged America's entrepreneurs and innovators to create new businesses based on discoveries made by our world-leading national laboratories.”

America’s Next Top Energy Innovator Challenge is part of the Obama Administration’s Startup America initiative, which aims to create the best possible climate for high-growth entrepreneurs across the country.

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