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Frequently ASKED QUESTIONS

Additional FAQs will be added in response to questions submitted through our Contact Us form (available here), as they are received.

Submissions are due no later than September 17, 2021

Information on our judges can be found here.

Two rounds of judging will be completed. Round one is scheduled for October 2021. The second and final round will take place in December 2021.

The Energy Innovation Lab is located at the Temple University Small Business Development Corporation in Philadelphia, PA. Awardees will be offered workspace on location for the duration of the project.

Applicant(s) can request up to $30,000 toward their innovation project.

Program participants will be selected by The Energy Innovation Lab judges through a two-round evaluation process. Round 1 electronic applications (click here here to apply) will be evaluated to select a short-list of finalists. These finalists will then work with SBDC staff in developing pitch materials that will be presented virtually to the panel of judges at a Pitch Day event. Up to two program participants will be selected for the program based on their pitches.

Our team of judges will score Round 1 applications based on the mission, uniqueness, and feasibility of the proposed solution and how the program support and funding offered will impact the development of the solution. Round 1 applications will be scored out of a total of 100 points; score weighting for evaluation criteria is provided on the application.

PGW and the Temple SBDC launched the Energy Innovation Lab to help support young businesses that have the potential to bring innovation to the energy industry, and increase energy efficiency and affordability. Our goal is to help identify and develop business ideas for new energy-related technologies, applications, business models, software, services, and/or energy access solutions. Examples include energy products and services that will reduce carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions and/or increase energy access for low-income and other vulnerable populations.