Grand Finals

Thursday-Friday, April 13th -14th, 2017

MIT Media Lab

Reserve your tickets here: http://bit.ly/2nu2Dhk




Monday, February 13th, 2017

ome join us for our kick-off event to meet like-minded students and hear from and engage veteran energy entrepreneurs.

Also please sign up for our Pitch 2 Match! Introduce yourself or your idea in 1 minute or less and to form teams to compete for the Clean Energy Prize. Sign-up with this link: https://goo.gl/forms/n1asubKktWfSkmPD2

Our Host Greentown Labs: The best place in the world to build to build a cleantech hardware company and the largest clean technology incubator in the United States! 


  • 6:00PM-Doors Open
  • 6:30PM-Pitch 2 Match
  • 7:15-8:30PM Networking Session and Food




MIT Energy & Water Entrepreneurs Reception

Thursday April 28, 2016, 6:30-8:30PM @ MIT E52 Samberg Center, Floor 7

Join us for an end-of-year reception at MIT bringing together alumni and students from: MIT Energy Ventures, Clean Energy Prize, Water Innovation Prize, as well as founders from MIT's 50+ spinoff energy/water companies.

RSVP by Sunday, April 24th at mit-energy-water-entrepreneurs.eventbrite.com

Clean Energy Prize teams will be informally showcasing posters and ideas with the MIT energy and water innovation ecosystem over an open cocktail reception. Informal networking will take place betwen CEP teams, alumni, judges, mentors, and partners. CEP Alumni will be providing input to the finals judging procedures through the allocation of "pretend" investment dollars. 


Friday, April 29th, 2016


CleanStart Simulation Training

Friday April 29th, 2016, 10:00-12:00PM @ Stratton Student Center (W20), Mezzanine Lounge

David Miller, Founder and Executive Managing Director of the Clean Energy Venture Group (CEVG), will be leading a CleanStart simulation exercise for the 2016 CEP teams. 

In this live, web-based simulation, participants play the role of the founder of a new startup company in the exciting and competitive clean tech sector. Can you develop your technology into a successful company? Each quarter you must set prices, decide how many engineers and sales people to hire, and set compensation, including salary, stock, options and profit sharing. Will you pitch your firm to venture capitalists or bootstrap and remain 100% employee owned? Will you win customers and become cash flow positive before you run out of funds? Will you succeed and take your firm public?

Please bring one laptop (minimum) per team. 


Finals Judging

Friday April 29th, 2016, 12:00-5:00PM @ Stratton Student Center (W20), Multiple Rooms

Student teams will have 20 minutes during the 12-5PM timeslot with the track finals judges. Each team will have the opportunity to present for ~10 minutes, followed by a 10 minute Q&A. A finalized schedule for each team will be sent on an individual team basis. 


Finals Dinner

Friday April 29th, 2016, 5:30-8:30PM @ Boston Marriott Cambridge | 50 Broadway

Student teams are invited to join a semi-formal dinner with the organizing team, mentors, judges and special guests. The Grand Finalist teams will be announced (top two teams from each track, who will re-pitch to the Grand Finals judges on 4/30, as well as onstage during the Award Ceremony). 

Keynote Speakers include:


Secretary Matthew A. Beaton, Massachusetts Secretary of Energy & Environmental Affairs

Otis Littlefield, Partner at Morrison & Foerster LLP

RSVP by Friday, April 22nd at: h

Parking: Seamus Bann, Events Director, will have parking vouchers for the Boston Marriott Cambridge Parking Garage. 


Saturday, April 30th, 2016


Grand Finals Judging (if applicable)

Saturday, April 30th, 2016, 8:30-11:30AM @ Stratton Student Center (W20), W20-491

The Grand Finalist teams will pitch their ideas, similar to the Finals Judging that took place on 4/29, to the panel of Grand Finals Judges throughout the morning. Pitches will last 20 minutes total, with a significant portion reserved for Q&A. 


9th annual MIT Clean Energy Prize (CEP) Grand Finals Showcase 

Saturday April 30th, starting at 12pm @ MIT Kresge Auditorium 


Open Showcase: 12:00-2:00PM

Student teams will showcase their ventures to the open community via a showcase in the Kresge Auditorium lobby. Team posters will be provided for visual support. 

Award Ceremony: 2:00-3:30PM

Student teams will participate in the 2016 CEP Grand Finals Award Ceremony. The Grand Finalist teams will present to the open public, on-stage, for up to 3 minutes. The three track winners, development prize winner, and Grand Finals winners will be publicly recognized. 

Closing Reception: 3:30-5:00PM

Student teams will have the opportunity to mingle with community members, sponsors, judges, alumni, and special guests. Following the closing reception, the formal 2016 CEP Program will come to a close. 



Contact the Organizing Team


Contact our Managing Directors, Ryan Macpherson (703.994.8362) or Sally Lambert (978.337.3971)

For Teams and Mentors

Contact our Mentor Director, Laura Adelman (978.996.2126)


Contact our Judging Director, Amanda Yang (626.534.3609)

For Energy for Development Judges and Sponsors

Contact our Development Director, Pamella Goncalvez (617.955.9188)


Contact our Finance Director, Mike Alter (609.903.9622)


Parking Information

The closest public lots (varying fees) to campus are below. Additional options can also be found here: http://web.mit.edu/facilities/transportation/parking/visitors/public_parking.html


One Memorial Drive GaragE

(Entrance is on Memorial Drive)

Questions? Call 617-621-1238


4 Cambridge Center

(Entrance on Ames St. or Broadway)

Questions? Call 617-225-0830


5 Cambridge Center, East Garage

(Ames St./Broadway)

Hours: Open 24 Hours

Questions? Call 617-621-3115


7 Cambridge Center, West Garage

(Ames St/Galileo Way)

Hours: Open 24 Hours