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Secretary Chu to Host Conference Call Announcing the Winners of the America’s Next Top Energy Innovator Challenge

February 9, 2012 - 4:35pm


Washington, DC – Building on President Obama’s State of the Union address in which he discussed the Obama Administration’s commitment to supporting innovation and American companies, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu will announce the three winning startup companies  – based on a public vote and an expert review – out of the 14 participating in the “America’s Next Top Energy Innovator” challenge during a conference call tomorrow.

The three winning companies will join the call and discuss how they are using technology developed at several of the Department’s national laboratories to create new businesses and products.

From January 26 through February 6, Americans cast votes online by liking the most innovative and promising startup companies that participated in the America’s Next Top Energy Innovator Challenge.  Experts conducted a separate review of the companies and scored them based on their potential economic and societal contributions.

America’s Next Top Energy Innovator 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. As part of America’s Next Top Energy Innovator, the Department reduces both the cost and paperwork requirements for startup companies to obtain an option agreement to license some of the 15,000 patents and patent applications held by the Department’s 17 national laboratories to build successful businesses. 

WHAT:       Energy Secretary Steven Chu to Host a Conference Call on the America’s Next Top Energy Innovator Challenge, Announce Three Winning Startup Companies

WHEN:       Friday, February 10, 2012

                     1:00 PM EST

RSVP:        Media wishing to join the call should contact Niketa Kumar at