2017 - 2018 Competitions

DOE CleanTech University Prize

Nationals was hosted at Rice University in Houston, Texas in June 2018. This competition was comprised of the top finalists in every collegiate competition hosted around the country. PolarPanel won 3rd place overall and received $20,000, beating out its former competitors from past competitions. The team received 3 separate invitations to attend the competition based on being finalists in former competitions, and placing was extremely exciting for the team.

Caltech FLOW Competition

Caltech's FLOW Competition was in May of 2018 in Pasadena, California. Our team placed in the Top 10 finalists, offering us a ticket into the DOE Nationals.

Texas A&M New Ventures Competition

Our team competed fresh out of graduation in May 2018 with startups from all over Texas at College Station, Texas. Viviane won Third Place in the Elevator Pitch Competition for PolarPanel with a prize of $2,000.

MIT Clean Energy Prize

PolarPanel’s technology and team attended the annual MIT Clean Energy Prize competition in April 7-8 of 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts and succeeded in winning the 2nd place prize of $20,000. The team was excited to be finalists, the 2nd place win got them another ticket into the DOE Nationals.

Rice Business Plan Competition

April 2018, our team was accepted in and competed in the Rice Business Plan competition in Houston, Texas and were one of the 42 teams selected out of hundreds. As one of the finalists for the Cleantech Prize, we received another invite for the DOE Nationals.

Queen's Entrepreneurs' Competition 2018

In January 2018, PolarPanel was recognized as one of the Top 6 finalists in Queen's Entrepreneurs' Competition in Toronto, Canada. We were one of 15 teams chosen to attend the QEC, a competition that awards budding Entrepreneurs from around the world.

The University of Houston's Wolff Center Internal IP Competition

In December 2017, our team competed in The University of Houston's Wolff Center of Entrepreneurship Internal Competition. Placing 2nd, we ranked as finalists at our home university and granted PolarPanel $1,500.

UT Herb Kheller Competition

In October 2017, the team competed in their first competition at the University of Texas in Austin. We placed 4th, with a prize of a $1,000.