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Industry Challenge

Concept Proposal responses for the Build to Scale Program were sent via email at 12 noon ET on April 28, 2020 to the email address which submitted the Concept Proposal only. A total of 609 Concept Proposals were received with 138 receiving encourage responses. If you did not receive a response to this email, contact oie@eda.gov. At this time, the Full Application deadline remains June 14 and your organization must have submitted a Concept Proposal to be eligible to submit a Full Application. Please note, this is still an active competition and EDA will not be able to provide individual feedback on Concept Proposals at this time.

The Department of Energy has partnered with EDA to provide $4 million in funding to pilot this year’s exciting new Industry Challenge, which seeks to support entrepreneurship and accelerate company growth within the Blue Economy for the FY20 cycle.

For the purposes of this Industry Challenge, the blue economy includes freshwater as well as marine activities, and can include lines of business directly connected to oceans, rivers, or other freshwater and marine waterways. Sectors may include, but are not limited to, aquaculture, irrigation, filtration, water-technology, offshore wind, or marine conservation. Eligible entities from across the country are encouraged to apply.

The FY20 Industry Challenge will award grants to organizations who are…

  • Supporting commercialization of these technologies
  • Improving competitiveness of these startups
  • Increasing connectivity and collaboration between these stakeholders
  • Leveraging the blue economy to support innovation and job creation

Organizations that may not fit the technology interests of this year’s Industry Challenge are encouraged to consider the Venture Challenge, which supports entrepreneurship and commercialization in all high-tech industries.

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