FUTURE OF ENERGY CHALLENGE
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Shell partners with Net Impact to give the next generation of thinkers, inventors, and entrepreneurs the opportunity to design and innovate solutions to modern day problems related to mobility.
For the last 3 years, Shell has partnered with Net Impact to host the Future of Energy Challenge. Net Impact is a non-profit organization that serves innovators and entrepreneurs at both the university level and in the professional world. Net Impact has a passion for empowering and equipping the next generation for success in reaching their goals and changing the world.
In the Future of Energy Challenge, Net Impact chapter members collaborate to design and innovate solutions to challenges related to mobility, energy and more. The finalist teams are paired with Shell mentors to develop their ideas into strong proposals. Then the teams are brought together to participate in a rapid accelerator to transform their proposals into market-ready solutions. Shell hosts this challenge to encourage and inspire the leaders of tomorrow by giving them a platform for expression, ingenuity and creativity when it comes to solving the latest challenges in energy and mobility.
The winners of last year’s competition, ElecTrip, developed their idea through the Future of Energy Challenge and are now a fully operational business. ElecTrip is an electric-vehicle transportation company that uses Teslas to transport customers to and from cities like Houston, Austin and San Antonio. ElecTrip has completed over 1,000 rides and serves companies like McKinsey & Company, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, and Apple.
In this year’s competition, students were challenged to find innovative solutions in the areas of alternative fuels, electric mobility, access to energy, retail stations, and nature-based solutions. This year’s finalist teams are a mix of undergraduate students, graduate students and workforce professionals. The university students hail from schools such as University of Oregon, Colorado State University, Texas State University, Carnegie Mellon University, Rice University, Louisiana State University and University of Texas at Austin. These teams will work with their Shell mentors from January to March and then attend the 2020 SXSW Conference in Austin, Texas, for the rapid accelerator. Teams will then present their final proposals to the judges at the conference, and both the judges and audience in attendance will vote to crown the 2020 winning team.
Click here to learn more about the 2020 final pitch competition.
Click here to meet the 2020 Future of Energy Challenge Finalist Teams!