Alliances Clean Tech

TechUnited: Better
Planet Challenge

A startup competition to celebrate small businesses solving for a clean energy future. Brought to you by the
TechUnited:BetterPlanet program founding sponsor,

       WIN:

$50,000 Grand Prize 1x
Executive Mentorship
Fast-Tracked Corporate Access
Press

Applicant Criteria

  • Solution provides opportunity for workforce development, via training and skills that will be needed to develop & implement a clean energy future.
  • Solution supports and/or provides value and energy resources to low-income and underrepresented communities in New Jersey to promote a just transition.
    • Note: A just transition is a set of principles, processes, and practices that build economic and political power to shift from an extractive economy to a regenerative economy. (Source: Climate Justice Alliance)
  • Solutions can include software, hardware, or a combination of the two.
  • Company is generating $2M or less, annually.
  • Company is based in the US.
  • Preference given to:
    • Companies based in New Jersey
    • Solutions that will create new jobs in New Jersey

 

Application Thought-Starters

  1. How does your solution reduce transportation-related pollution in urban areas?
  2. How does your solution offer speed and reliability to electrified transportation?
  3. How accessible is your solution to low-income residents?
  4. How scalable is your solution?
  5. How does your solution take into account current economic conditions?
  6. Can your solution support US automaker’s goals for electric fleets/models?
  7. Does your solution approach supporting electrified transportation in a new and innovative way?
  8. How does your solution build a better future for all?

BetterPlanet Challenge Statement

Are you working to solve & Promote Electrified Transportation?

This solution accelerates and/or supports the equitable adoption & use of electric vehicles and/or electrified transportation.

The Process

Submit your application

Semi-finalists match with exclusive mentors.

Semi-finalists fast-tracked for corporate review.

Finalists seleted.

Finalists press interviews conducted.

Finalists pitch selected committee.

$50,000 prize is awarded at Propelify.

Submit your application

Semi-finalists match with exclusive mentors.

Semi-finalists fast-tracked for corporate review.

Finalists selected.

Finalists press interviews conducted.

Finalists pitch selected committee.

$50,000 prize is awarded at Propelify.

About the BetterPlanet
Challenge

Together with PSEG, the TechUnited:BetterPlanet program presents the 2nd Annual BetterPlanet Challenge, promoting electrified transportation for New Jersey, propelled by technology & innovation. Applications will close August 13, 2021. 

Startups working on innovative solutions to promote and create innovative solutions that support and promote electrified means of transportation are encouraged to apply. 

Electrified transportation is increasingly adopted by startups, large corporates, and national governments. If your company is addressing a clean energy future, apply today and let’s propel your solution.  

BetterPlanet Program partners benefit from:

  • Exposure and recognition as a tech leader
  • Access to early stage startups & innovation
  • Integration into the full suite of experiences that the TechUnited products for members & the larger NJ business community

2020 Program Recap: Promote Energy Efficiency, Energy Equity, & Workforce Development

TechUnited & PSEG launched this program in 2020 to create a clean energy future for New Jersey by leveraging and supporting entrepreneurs & innovators in the region. The 2020 Winner of the Challenge & its $50,000 prize was WexEnergy.

Check out the 2020 highlights: Challenge Announcement, Challenge Semi-Finals, Challenge Finals, & a few great interviews held throughout the year.

Founding Sponsor

Community Partners