MIT Clean Energy Prize Awards $225,000 to Student Entrepreneurs

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MIT Clean Energy Prize Awards $225,000 to Student Entrepreneurs

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Friday, May 6, 2016 - 8:00am

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WALTHAM, Mass., May 5, 2016 /3BL Media/ — Last weekend the MIT Clean Energy Prize competition announced the 9th winner of its annual competition, awarding $100,000 to Heila Tech at an event held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The MIT Clean Energy Prize is the nation’s largest student-led clean energy business plan competition in the United States, awarding a total of $225,000 to six teams this year. The mission is to accelerate the pace of clean energy innovation and entrepreneurship by helping to develop the next generation of energy entrepreneurs and companies. To date, the MIT Clean Energy Prize has awarded over $2.4 million in prize funding, which has led to dozens of successful businesses and over $250 million in follow-up funding.

Heila Tech, a team comprised of MIT students and alumni, took home the $100K Grand Prize for their design to help microgrids enable energy transformation. Heila Tech simplifies the design installation and operation of microgrids, replacing centralized control with a distributed intelligence network. The U.S. military represents a $210 million beachhead market for Heila, and with a robust team, strong technology, and proven concept, the company shows tremendous potential to bring clean energy solutions to mass market.

“The Clean Energy Prize is a great credibility boost in the competitive microgrid market,” said Jorge Elizondo, CoFounder of Heila Technologies. “The prize will allow us to accelerate the development of our technology and test it in several projects this year. We seek to expand our market penetration as we get our product ready for commercialization next summer.”

 “MIT’s Clean Energy Prize is proof of National Grid’s commitment towards a sustainable future, and we happily support all those who participated in the development of innovative solutions and technologies that could unlock value for our customers,” said Daniel Hullah, Director of Ventures at National Grid. “Heila Tech was one of the many fantastic teams we mentored, and couldn’t be more proud of their accomplishment.”

The Clean Energy Prize is made possible by its sponsors, including National Grid. Other sponsors this year were:  The U.S. Department of Energy, GE Ventures, Morrison & Foerster, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (Mass CEC), Factor E Ventures, InTeaHouse, and MIT Executive Education.

The MIT Clean Energy Prize presented six awards in total:




$100K Grand Prize

National Grid and MIT CEP Alumni

Heila Tech

$50K Dept of Energy Prize for Best Renewable Energy or Energy Efficiency Team

U.S. Department of Energy

Iron Goat

$20K Infrastructure & Resources Track Prize

MIT CEP Alumni

Poly6 Technologies

$20K MassCEC Energy Efficiency Track Prize

Massachusetts Clean Energy Center


$20K GE Ventures Renewable Energy Track Prize

GE Ventures

Iron Goat

$15 K FactorE Ventures Energy for Development Prize

Factor E Ventures


Distinguished Alumni Award


Vanessa Green, Georgina Campbell


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Keywords: Education | MIT | MIT’s Clean Energy Prize | National Grid | student entrepreneurs | students education | sustainability

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