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Opportunity for USA, Canada, and International
Energy Startups to Join an Accelerator Program

2022 Clean Energy Accelerator

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Rice Alliance

Deadline Date:

05/31/22 11:59 PM CDT


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Opportunity for USA, Canada, and International early-stage energy startups to join a 10-week accelerator program. Startups will form personalized mentor relationships and will gain access to an engaged support network of investors, advisors, and energy corporations. The accelerator will include in-person activities in Houston, Texas, as well as virtual activities.

The Rice Alliance helps seed-stage startups from around the world developing clean energy solutions achieve technical and commercial milestones that accelerate development, establish market adoption, and expand their reach by:

  • Growing your business and sparking investment opportunities
  • Expanding your network (Access to mentors, resources, talent, potential customers, industry leaders, potential pilots, field trials, demonstration projects, and technical and commercial expertise)
  • Refining or building your brand
  • Perfecting your pitch
  • Receiving a non-dilutive company stipend

In addition to an equity-free financial stipend to help support program-related expenses, accepted applicants receive: 

  • Extensive training and mentorship
  • Access to an expansive network and exposure
  • Lifetime access to CEA and Rice Alliance resources
  • Pitch refinement and pitch deck design services

With an active energy mentor network, the Rice Alliance has deep expertise in the energy industry. The accelerator serves to accelerate the energy transition by supporting early-stage startups that contribute to significant energy efficiency improvements, are developing energy derived from renewable, zero-emissions sources or are curbing the environmental impact of all types of energy production, distribution or usage, or enabling progress toward net-zero carbon. This includes:

  • Alternative Fuels
  • Biomass Energy
  • Carbon Neutrality, Management or Accounting (Emissions monitoring, ESG tracking, carbon tracking/measurement or carbon capture/sequestration)
  • Digital Technologies for Energy (Artificial intelligence, smart trading, computational chemistry tools, remote sensing/IoT)
  • Energy Efficiency or Storage (Carbon reduction technologies, battery technologies, fuel cells, architecture, engineering, or construction technologies or Infrastructure efficiencies)
  • Geothermal
  • Nature-based solutions for carbon footprint reduction (Reforestation/afforestation or circular economy applications)
  • Solar Energy
  • Waste Heat to Power
  • Wind Energy

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 195288

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Rice Alliance offers a no-strings-attached stipend to help offset costs and be used at the determination of the company.

Term of Contract:

Ten weeks beginning Sept 7 - Nov 18, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Rice Alliance welcomes early-stage startups from seed stage to series A and who meet the eligibility criteria described below:
- The company must be an already established, corporately formed company or entity.
- The technology or innovation should serve one or more of the industry sectors described above.
- Each admitted company must participate in all required programming.
- At least 2 company employees must commit to participating at significant levels.
- At least 1 company employee must attend these in-person activities, on these dates, and in Houston, Texas: Sept 12-16 (Onsite kick-off), Oct 11-12 (Onsite Mid-point check-in), and Nov 17 (Demo Day).
- At least 1 company employee must participate in all virtually scheduled programming from Sept 7-Nov 18

Details for International Startups:
- Companies located outside the United States are welcome to participate with eligibility and travel costs being the same as for US companies
- Participants must speak fluent English and have access to a stable internet connection (the majority of activities are done virtually)
- Participants must be able to attend training activities typically scheduled during US Central Time business hours (keep in mind time zone differences)
- Participants must secure their own travel authorizations; the Rice Alliance is unable to offer assistance in obtaining or sponsoring international visas

Startups that have not yet formed into a corporate entity may apply, but if accepted, must finalize the formation of their entity by September 1, 2022, before the start of the accelerator.

Pre-Application Information:

2022 Kay Dates:
- Week of May 2: Applications open
- Week of May 31: Applications close
- Week of June 20: Interviews begin for finalists
- Week of July 25: Invitations extended to accepted finalists
- Sept 7-Nov 18: Program dates
- Nov 17: Demo Day

Application Process:
- Phase I: Screening - a panel of industry experts will evaluate the merits and commercial promise of each applicant company and make recommendations
- Phase II: Interviewing - companies advancing to this phase will be invited to participate in a required team interview (virtual)
- Phase III: Onboarding - accepted companies will receive an invitation roughly seven weeks from the application closing date and will have one week in which to accept.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.


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Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship
McNair Hall, Suite 103
Rice University
6100 Main Street
Houston, TX 77005-2932

Phone: 713-348-3443
Fax: 713-348-3110

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