Fri, Sep 24


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Idea Lab

A virtual event where our American-Made Challenges network of experts from a range of disciplines and backgrounds get together in a collaborative process to help you brainstorm viable solutions for your solar innovation, identify potential partners, and provide feedback on your application.

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Idea Lab

Time & Location

Sep 24, 2021, 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM MDT

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About the Event

Need help preparing your pitch?

Need technical feedback that can help make your software/business solution more viable?

Need recommendations on business development ideas and potential partners?

Need a sounding board before submitting your application?

Need help formulating how your solar solution can benefit underserved communities?

Want more ideas on how your software/business model solution could benefit the solar industry?

Idea Lab is for you!

Get a glimpse at what our powerful American-Made Network -- a group of DOE national laboratories, incubators, investors, philanthropists and seasoned industry leaders -- can do.

Let our community of experts be your sounding board

What is Idea Lab?

Idea Lab is an interactive and free-thinking virtual event where our American-Made Challenges network of experts from a range of disciplines and backgrounds get together in a collaborative thinking process to help you brainstorm viable solutions for your solar innovation, identify potential partners, provide feedback on how to best position your proposal for the Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) Contest, and make you aware of areas of strength and weaknesses in your proposal. To help you prepare for Idea Lab and enhance your application package before the submission deadline, you will receive application support from Halvatzis and Associates, LLC.

When:  Friday September 24th

Time:  12:30pm MST (11:30am PST, 2:30pm EST)

Duration:  1.5 hrs total

Format:  Application support culminating in a pre-application Virtual event. Participating teams will have up to 90 seconds to present the solar problem and solution they are working on. Their presentation is followed by questions, collective brainstorming, and feedback from a panel of experts from the American Made network (interacting via videoconference and chat). Contest participants will receive insights and feedback to enhance the quality of their submission package and increase their chances of success.

To Register:  Click here

As space is limited for this event, seats will be allocated on a “first come, first served” basis.

For questions:  Email Halvatzis and Associates or Schedule a chat here

Why Idea Lab?

Idea Lab is about empowering innovators. It's about providing you with the support, resources, insights, and connections you need to enhance your application potential and take your idea to the next level. We recognize that not all solar innovators are involved in the solar industry. Some others may lack connections, while other need technical partners. Because we want your unique ideas and want to see you succeed, DOE is committing resources to support you in this journey while engaging you with our powerful American Challenges Network. Our goal is to increase the number of new, diverse, and high-quality competitors.

Who can participate in Idea Lab?

This event is open to all applicants considering applying for the Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Contest, part of the Software Track of the American Made Solar Prize.

What is the Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Contest?

This contest encourages Software Track competitors to consider and incorporate environmental justice principles into their innovations. There are numerous barriers to accelerating the growth of solar in underserved communities in the United States, including some that can be overcome with software and business model innovations. For example, solutions that could help access financing, allocate the benefits of shared assets, improve customer outreach and engagement, and streamline development of relevant solar projects. Solar deployment in underserved communities can bring direct cost savings, public health benefits, job opportunities, and resilience when paired with energy storage technologies. Solar innovations and local capacity building are among the factors critical to ensuring underserved communities have access to clean energy.

What’s in it for me?

Idea Lab is presented in a format that allows you to receive the tools and insights you need to refine your innovation, enhance the quality of your submission package, and increase your chances of success.

  1. Application assistance (also available in Spanish). 
  2. Pitch support.
  3. Feedback from a panel of experts during the Idea Lab event. Also written feedback from experts on the chat
  4. Introduction to potential partners (if needed)
  5. Ideas on how to approach the JEDI Contest more effectively
  6. Opportunities to connect and benefit from our national innovation ecosystem
  7. Additional support  (as needed)

What happens after I register?

When you register for Idea Lab, Halvatzis and Associates will schedule a meeting to learn about you and identify your needs. After your registration is confirmed, you will receive application support and pitch preparation for Idea Lab and your 90-second required video submission.

What is the commitment level?

  • After you are confirmed as an Idea Lab Participant, you will meet again with our Power Connector, Halvatzis and Associates, LLC. to receive application support and Idea Lab pitch preparation. At least two meetings (30 mins each) are required prior to the Idea Lab event
  • Your participation is required at the Idea Lab event on September 24th

Note:  The comments and suggestions provided by Halvatzis and Associates, LLC and the network of experts are intended to help competitors improve and iterate on their submissions. Their comments are the opinions of these experts and do not represent the opinions of DOE.


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