FLoW is a business plan competition for university students and recent graduates focused on cleantech and sustainability. In addition to cleantech and clean energy, FLoW supports a broad spectrum of sustainability-related innovations including those related to natural resource management and agricultural technologies.

We offer two tracks: the Ready to Commercialize (for ventures closer to launch) and the Transformational Idea Award (for pre-commercial research). Both tracks receive the same top judging and mentoring guidance. However, only the Ready to Commercialize category requires preparing a business plan for the final competition.

Why You Should Apply

2015 FLoW Competition Timeline

  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug

  • Statement of Intent Due
    Feb. 1, 2015
  • Submission Close
    Mar. 2, 2015
  • FLoW 2.0 SoCal Semi-Final Judging
    Los Angeles
    Apr. 10, 2015
  • FLoW 2.0 NorCal Semi-Final Judging
    UC Berkeley
    Apr. 10, 2015
  • FLoW 2.0 Final Judging
    California Institute of Technology
    May 6, 2015
  • ETCC FLoW Matchup Program
    California Institute of Technology
    May 7, 2015

Competition Documents

Guidelines for Applicants
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IP Declaration
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IP Disclosure
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Ready to Commercialize Presentation Template
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Ready to Commercialize Judging Criteria
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Transformational Idea Award Presentation Template
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Transformational Idea Award Judging Criteria
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Business Plan Template
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Financial Template
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IN-LA Webinar Information
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Steps to Apply