Greenlancer takes home $50,000 prize from Clean Energy Trust Challenge

4-10-2014 Greenlancer takes home $50,000 prize from Clean Energy Trust Challenge

Chicago, IL.   April 3, 2014. The Clean Energy Challenge is the Midwest’s leading showcase for clean energy innovation. The annual event combines a business plan competition for Midwest entrepreneurs, researchers, and students with presentations by the leading clean energy thinkers and doers. Among the winners, Detroit’s own, took home $50,000, as part of a total of $500,000 in prizes awarded in this acclaimed Clean Energy Trust competition.

In this fourth annual event, the Clean Energy Challenge prize money was donated by sponsors such as the Department of Energy, Wells Fargo, Boeing Co., United Continental Holdings Inc., Honeywell International, Exelon Corp.’s Commonwealth Edison subsidiary and the Clean Energy Trust.


The Clean Energy Trust was founded by a group of civic and business leaders to accelerate the pace of clean energy innovations in the Midwest region. The founding board of directors includes co-chairs Nick Pritzker and Michael Polsky. The Trust’s leadership not only brings capital, but their personal and professional networks to this endeavor with the vision of making the Midwest region a national center of innovation for clean energy. By doing so CET believes the region will benefit from the creation of clean technology jobs, a healthier and more sustainable environment, a growing economy, and a higher quality of life for future generations., the innovative energy start up in Detroit fits this bill perfectly.  According to president, Mr.  Michael Sharber, “our cloud based solar engineering system fills a critical juncture in the solar supply chain. Greenlancer’s ability to design and engineer solar systems of any size quickly and efficiently cuts the cost and time in solar project development.”, has developed an e-commerce platform that takes advantage of the surging solar energy market employing freelance engineers and installers. Contractors and developers use this platform as a tool kit of services …everything they need to complete projects on time and under budget. Most popular services include feasibility studies, in depth financial reports, permit drawings, interconnection applications, to name a few.

The Clean Energy Trust claims they specialize in identifying ‘early stage innovation’ and technologies that demonstrate a clear potential for commercialization. By bringing together entrepreneurs, like, with potential funding sources, the Clean Energy Trust acts as a catalyst to develop an innovation ecosystem in the Midwest.

For complte story see Clean Energy Trust Challenge, Crain’s Chicago

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