FLoW's business plan competition is 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.

The competition has 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.

The FLoW competition serves as a regional gateway for entry into the DOE's Cleantech UP national competition. FLoW's winner will represent the Western region of the U.S. at Cleantech UP in pursuit of the national prize.

FLoW's Rocket Fund is a separate program from the business plan competition. Learn more about applying for a Rocket Fund grant here.

Why You Should Apply

2016 FLoW Competition Timeline

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

  • Statement of Intent Due
    Feb. 15, 2016
  • Submission Close
    Mar. 7, 2016
  • Semi-Final Rounds
    Apr. 22, 2016
  • FLoW Final Judging
    California Institute of Technology
    May 18, 2016
  • DOE Cleantech UP National Competition
    June 21-23, 2016

Steps to Apply