Generating Energy


Eden's Geothermal Initiative (MIT) LINK

Developing solutions that make geothermal heat extraction a reliable resource during the global shift to renewable energy. Revolutionizing geothermal by tapping into pre-drilled geothermal reservoirs, providing cheap and effective heat mining technology, and supplying sustainable heat and electricity to thousands of homes across the globe.


Yellowstone Energy (MIT)

Novel nuclear energy platform


Infinite Cooling (MIT) LINK

Disrupting the way power plants use water


Pocket Sun (MIT) LINK

PocketSun, the first commercial product of Mesodyne LLC, brings ultra-portable and reliable power to soldiers. Today’s modern warfighter carries upwards of 20lbs of physical batteries to support a standard missions. PocketSun’s patented thermophotovoltaic system from MIT’s Institute of Soldier Nanotechnology converts fuel to electricity with unprecedented system efficiency. The result is a 75% reduction in weight, thus drastically reducing exposure risk and improving overall mission readiness. 


ElectroKite (MIT)

Commercializing NASA-developed kite-generated energy technology, such that the motion of the kite can be used to generate electricity.

Improving Energy Usage


Aquaone Technologies (MIT) 

Innovating at the intersection of water and food, with a particular focus on water desalination technology called Monovalent Selective Electrodialysis (MSED). We are making MSED smarter, tailoring it for agriculture, creating smart nutrient delivery mechanisms and, enabling real-time monitoring and dynamic yield optimization.


Promethean Power (MIT) LINK

Linking low priced, clean electricity to the industrial heat market. By equipping industrial plants with the hardware necessary to source their energy flexibly, we empower industry to take advantage of the intermittently available, low priced electricity resulting from variable, renewable energy sources. This connection allows industrial consumers to save money and reduce emissions while creating new demand for renewable energy.


Dream Energy (MIT) LINK

A technology-enabled business model, bringing to market a new approach for home energy management and retail electricity services. By taking advantage of synergies between two previously distinct business offerings - energy retailing and demand management - we can offer greater value to our customers and command higher profit margins. Using proprietary software developed at MIT, our aim is to unlock new value streams from automated home devices, while utilizing their flexibility to ease the integration of renewable energy resources.



A real time emissions control system that enables tracking and monitoring of an individual’s overall energy consumption with little to no user input. Energy consumption will be quantified through the life cycle of consumed goods and services, and tracked through the three main categories of an individual’s life: transportation, residential, and product consumption. We propose to radically alter how individuals consume energy and monitor their ecological health. 

Delivering Energy


ATLAS Field Verification Services (HBS)

Providing field-verified asset database to support market and grid operators dealing with high-penetrations of distributed solar.


Lithio Storage (TUFTS) LINK

Developing the next generation of flexible, self-healing, longer lasting lithium metal batteries containing our laboratory-optimized gel electrolyte. The Lithio battery aims to meet the demands of energy storage for current and future technologies, which includes renewable energy systems and wearable electronics.



There are 180 million utility poles in the US and both their proximity to households and distribution throughout the city are very valuable, too valuable for a technology that had little improvement in the last century.
Our goal is to replace existing “dumb” utility poles with assets that can provide firm storage capacity which can be operated by utilities, charge electric vehicles and be a platform for other 3rd party services. Provide grid resilience and increase renewable energy consumption. Act in the grid in a distributed fashion using the current infrastructure.


Flux Technologies (BerkEley) LINK

Flux Technologies has developed advanced composite membranes that provide low cost and highly efficient hydrogen and natural gas purification. These highly selective, productive, and robust membranes enable small-scale and distributed hydrogen production from natural gas reforming, as well as allow biogas producers to upgrade their renewable feedstock to pipeline-quality natural gas. With membrane performance exceeding anything currently available on the market, Flux aims to improve the availability of hydrogen and biomethane, two crucial fuels for a sustainable future.

Energy for Developing Economies


Solstice Energy Solutions (Stanford) LINK

For millions of people with unreliable power in emerging markets, Solstice had developed SHYFT, a connected smart meter with integrated controls unlocking money-saving, clean energy solutions.


SunCommunity (Columbia) LINK

Developing a model to be the key driver of sustainable solar solutions to the residential market in Chile. Specifically, SunCommunity will aggregate potential households in order to increase their negotiation power with suppliers and lower the prices of solar panels. Further, SunCommunity also seeks to improve the information quality of solar energy as well as offer a range of alternative financing options (cash, lease, loan, ESCO) to our customers.


PowerUp Africa (MIT)

Nigerian-focused cleantech company providing homeowners and renters with clean energy battery solutions. The mission of the company is to provide a seamless installation and servicing energy solution for the busy customer wants reliable energy at a low cost.


Samayan Solar (Said Business School, Oxford) 

A solar integrator that organically connects all player of the solar energy ecosystem through its robust process design, lean application, and strong service. Right now the market is flooded with integrators that have a hodgepodge of services, poor design, and even poorer integration. The lack of a truly integrated design reduces the customer conversion and delays the solar adoption. Samayan Solar will attempt to bridge this gap.

Final Judges

Steve Moilanen

Co-Founder and President, Solstice Initiative                           

Konstantin "Kostya" Turitsyn

Assistant Professor, MIT

Alicia Barton

Counsel, Foley Hoag LLP  

Sorin Grama

Entrepreneur in Residence, MIT

Kevin Kaminski

Senior VP, Alternative Energy Solutions at Energi Insurance Services

Jeff McAulay

Co-Founder, Energetic Insurance

Sissi Liu

CleanTech Executive                 

Amir Alexander Hasson

Co-founder, OxigenUSA            

Ben Glass

CEO and CTO, Altaeros Energies                                


Jacob Susman

VP, Head of Origination, EDF Renewable Energy                                       

Bruce Tsuchida

Principal, The Brattle Group

Kurt Roth

Director of Building Efficiency, Fraunhofer USA Center for Sustainable Energy

Katie MacDonald

Director of Strategic Partnerships, Greentown Labs     

Elizabeth Wayman

Global Director of Ecomagination, GE

Michael Cooper

Group Technology Ventures, National Grid

Ed Greer

Corporate Technology Scout in Ventures & Business Development, Dow Chemical

Mike Phillips

Co-founder and CEO, Sense            

Austin Blackmon

Chief of Environment, Energy, and Open Space, City of Boston

Madeline Wang

Financing and Investment Professional, Hub Angels Investment Group             

Hilary Flynn

Director of External Innovation, National Grid

Emil Mamedov

Senior Manager of Venture Capital Investments, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center

John Bobrowich

Managing Director, Clean Energy Venture Group

Maren Cattonar

Investment Professional, ClearSky Power & Technology Fund

Katie Rae

CEO and President, The Engine

Miguel Granier

Founder and Managing Director, Invested Development 

Georgina Campbell Flatter

Executive Director, The Legatum Center

Tom Burton

Chair of the Energy and Clean Technology Practice Group, Mintz Levin

Tom Kinneman

VP & COO, North Shore Innoventures

Apurba Sakti

Research Scientist, MIT Energy Initiative

Kipp Bradford

Research Scientist, MIT Media Lab

Anish Paul Antony

Post-Doctoral Researcher, D-Lab Off-Grid Energy Group

Donald Sadoway

Professor in Materials Science and Engineering, MIT

Harvey Michaels

Lecturer, MIT Sloan School of Management

Rob Stoner

Deputy Director, MIT Energy Initiative; Director, Tata Center for Technology and Design 

James Goudreau

Head of Climate, Novartis

Infrastructure & Resources


Akabotics (University of Hawaii)

Robots for cleaner waterways: The Akabotics Microdredger is a system of floating robotic platforms that work together to perform the functions of depth mapping and sediment extraction from a waterway.

Heila Technologies (MIT)

Named after the Icelandic word for “Brain”, the Heila IQ local controller gives microgrids the ability to sense, communicate, control, learn.

OleoSep (MIT)

Novel oil repellent membranes for desalination and water treatment.

OPTIMYS (University of Texas at Dallas)

OPTIMYS aims to transform an inefficient $82B industry by introducing waste measurement technology and services built on a proprietary system of integrated wireless sensors.

Poly6 Technologies (MIT)

Poly6 is entering the materials industry with its high-performance citrus-derived bioplastic product Citrene™.

Qapture (Colorado State University)

Qapture has developed technology for chimney cookstoves that converts waste heat to electrical power and has the ability to reduce stove emissions by up to 90%.

Revolootion (McGill University, Wharton)

Our no-flush toilets contain & transform the waste to safe and pathogen-free fertilizer. We are here to lead a Revolootion!

Energy Efficiency

ampér (Northwestern)

ampér is an energy monitoring and control system that empowers homeowners to save up to $250 a year on electricity through actionable, granular feedback, and a platform for smart appliances.

Nature, Inc. (MIT)

The Nature Smart AC Plug uses infrared and power control to manage room ACs, and accesses the internet via wifi. Customers can control their comfort using a mobile app, while utility companies can manage demand using a central portal.

Prana Energy (MIT)

By bundling innovative software as a service (SaaS) energy intelligence and educational technology solutions with expert sector-specific consultancy services, Prana Energy aims to unlock significant triple bottom-line value for its clients.

Sunyray Smart LED (Bowdoin College)

The Sunyray lamp includes white LED elements together with light sensor and a small micro-computer. Each lamp measures the light level under its location and calculates the correct working intensity to ensure students in every part of the classroom receive the right light level.

Viper Irrigation Technology (US Air Force Academy)

Our solution directly injects water, along with plant nutrients, pesticides and fungicides into the dicotyledonous plant vascular system (xylem) similar to a human IV on a commercial scale.

Renewable Energy

Glasswings (MIT)

We have developed a biomimetic antireflective, transparent coating for solar cells that promises to be inexpensive, simple to implement, and high-performing. Using our method, single-side nanostructuring of glass improves transmission by 1-5 %.

Iron Goat (George Mason University)

Iron Goat uses robotic automation methods in a new manufacturing process for pelletized agricultural products such as livestock feed and grass pellet fuel. Our process includes direct gasification of pellets to fuel, so it is an all-renewable production solution.

Route (MIT)

We are solving the last-mile distribution problem in solar. Our solution is a distribution and logistics platform for retailers of solar products and other consumer goods.

Surya Conversions (University of Colorado Boulder)

Surya Conversions builds hybrid electric conversion kits for vehicles in developing countries, starting with kits retrofitted for auto rickshaws in India.

Tri-Sol (University of New Haven)

Tri-Sol is a revolutionary skylight technology that harnesses three useful energy streams from the sun:natural lighting, electricity, and hot water. It utilizes Building-integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) in a new, highly efficient manner by the use of Concentrator Photovoltaics (CPV).



The 2016 CEP Grand Finals Showcase will feature the inaugural Distinguished Alumni Award. The nomination period ran throughout March and April 2016, and yielded numerous well qualified candidates for the Award.

The CEP Alumni Community will select the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award winners from this shortlist of over-qualified candidates during the April 28th, 2016 Energy + Water Entrepreneurs Reception on MIT's campus.  

Distinguished Alumni Award winners will be announced publicly onstage during the CEP Grand Finals Showcase. 


Grand Final Judges


Otis Littlefield |  Partner |  Morrison & Foerster

Andrew Lackner |  Senior Director |  GE Ventures

Matthew Nordan |  Managing Director |  MNL Partners

Johanna Wolfson |  Director of Technology-to-Market |  DOE EERE

Daniel Hullah |  Director, Ventures | National Grid

Finals Judges

Energy Efficiency


Jay Fiske |  VP of Business Development |  Powerhouse Dynamics

Mark Vasu |  Executive Vice President |  Greentown Labs

Jeff Mcauley |  EnerNOC | 

Stephen Pike |  Interim CEO |  MassCEC

David Miller |  Executive Managing Director |  Clean Energy Ventures Group

Ed Greer |  Manager,  Ventures and Business Development |  Dow Ventures

Renewable Energy


John Bobrowich |  Managing Director |  Clean Energy Ventures Group

Alison Ernst |  Senior Manager of Investments |  MassCEC

Andrew Campanella |  CEO |  Loci Controls

Andrew Lackner |  Senior Director |  GE Ventures

Eric Macaux |  Associate |  Mintz Levin

Infrastructure & Resources


Christopher Russo |  Vice President Practice Leader of Energy |  Charles River Associates

Tibor Toth |  Managing Director of Investments |  MassCEC

Bic Stevens |  Founder and Principal |  Stevens Capital Advisors

Otis Littlefield |  Partner |  Morrison & Foerster

Sander Cohen |  Director of Innovation |  Enel Green Power

Semi-Finals Judges


Sue AnderBois | Policy Analyst | NECEC

Dan Berwick | Executive VP of Business Development | Borrego Solar

John Bobrowich | Managing Director | Clean Energy Venture Group

Robert Fleishman | Senior Counsel | Morrison Foerster

Dr. Lucia Gao | Associate Professor of Finance | Univ. of Massachusetts Boston

Nick Gayeski | CEO & Co-Founder | KGS Buildings

Mark Johnson | Director of the Advanced Manufacturing Office | DOE EERE

Kevin Kaminski | Senior Vice President | Energi

Shayle Kann | Senior Vice President of Research | Greentech Media

Sandy Kreis | Executive Director | InTeahouse

Jeff McAulay | Senior Manager of Strategic Partnerships | EnerNOC

Michael Pomianek | Partner | Wolf Greenfield

Kurt Roth | Director of Building Energy Technologies | Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems

Bic Stevens | Founder and Principal | Stevens Capital Advisors

Dr. Matthew Stuber | Co-Founder and Director | WaterFX Inc. 

Tibor Toth | Managing Director of Investments | MassCEC

Bruce Tsuchida | Principal | The Brattle Group

Madeline Wang | Director of Structured Finance | Ameresco




Katherine Curiel | MBA/MUP 2017 Candidate | MIT Sloan/Harvard University

Taylor Lane | JD/MBA Candidate | Harvard University

Alexander Yee | Research Assistant | MIT


Adam de Sola Pool|  Clean Energy Venture Group

Adi Guzdar|  Aguzdar Consultants

Andrew Beebe|  Obvious Ventures

Andrew Dougherty|  Rive Technology

Ben Armstrong|  WellDone International

Brad Harkavy|  LiveData Utilities 

Carlos Nouel|  National Grid

Cary Bullock|  RENEW Energy Partners

Chris Otness|  Borrego Solar Systems, Inc.

Colleen Kaman|  IBM

Edward Lovelace|  XL Hybrids

Eric Verploegen|  MIT's D-Lab

Fouad Dagher|  National Grid

Frank Andrew Felder|  Rutgers Univeristy

Galen Nelson|  Mass CEC

Gary Clarke|  DNGC

Geoffrey Gill|  Innerscope Research, Inc

Gus Simiao|  MIT Venture Mentoring Services

Huda Jaffer|  SELCO

Jason Roeder|  Powerhouse Dynamics

Joe Adiletta   |  liquiglide

Joe Caruso|  Bantam Group

John M. Tincoff|  Romulus Advisory

John Piret|  Newbury Piret & Co., Inc.

Judson Jacobs|  IHS Energy

Julianne Zimmerman|  Great Dome Associates

Kate Putnam|  Self-Employed

Kevin Yates|  SunEdison

Marcus Dahllof|  Self-Employed

Matthew Pearlson|  Citizens Energy Corporation

Michael Toomey|  NextEra Energy Resources

Mousumi Bhakta|  National Grid

Neil Rasmussen|  American Power Conversion

Nicola De Blasio|  MIT Energy Initiative

Owen Westbrook|  Juwi Inc

Per Suneby   |  Sternhill Associates

Peter Dublin|  Flink Learning

Peter J Hill|  Triangle Petroleum Corporation

Robbie Orvis|  Energy Innovation, LLC

Ryan Sheinbein|  Google

Sandeep Dudhwewala|  National Grid

Sarath Srinivasan|  SunEdison

Thomas Baker|  Boston Consulting Group

Tilden Roettger|  NexTracker

Tom Mercer|  Opower

Tom Rarich|  Concord Web Builders

Trevor Zimmerman|  Farmore Capital Group