Registration for Penn Climate Venture's Prize Competition is open! Join hundreds of other students in pitching a climate startup and win up to $5,000. 

PCV Prize is Penn's annual climate tech pitch competition hosted by Penn Climate Ventures. The competition brings students around the globe to brainstorm, develop, and pitch a climate tech startup idea over the course of 3 weeks. Participants receive access to internships, mentorship from industry professionals, and industry-led workshops such as "Pitching 101" workshop with Fifty Years. 

Tracks: Food and Agriculture, Energy and Transportation, Waste Management and Circular Economy, Wild Card (Miscellaneous), High School

Sign up by March 25th: https://tinyurl.com/PCV22Signup

Requirements

Open to all students anywhere - high schoolers, undergrads, and grad students

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Prizes

$8,500 in prizes

First Place

$5000 with non-dilutive funding for first place.

Also receive access to industry mentors and VC introductions.

Second Place

$2500 with non-dilutive funding for second place.

Also receive access to industry mentors and VC introductions.

Third Place

$1000 with non-dilutive funding for third place.

Also receive access to industry mentors and VC introductions.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Judges

Ryan Jeffrey

Ryan Jeffrey
Managing Director / gener8tor

Jack Pollack

Jack Pollack

Amber Luong

Amber Luong
Head of Product and Partnerships / Blue Sky Analytics

Vasiliki Papanikolopoulos

Vasiliki Papanikolopoulos

David Izikowitz

David Izikowitz
CEO and Founder / Carbon Infinity

Katie Gardner

Katie Gardner
Product Manger and Legal Counsel / Banyan Infrastructure

Jonathon Seabright

Jonathon Seabright

Justin Marquez

Justin Marquez
Senior Partnerships Manger / Elemental Excelerator

Lydia Li

Lydia Li
Climate Investor / Arevon Energy

Michael Campos

Michael Campos
Associate / Azolla Ventures

Judging Criteria

  • Problem
    Has the team conducted thorough research into the climate-related problem they are targeting? Is there evidence that they have gathered unique and specific knowledge during information discovery?
  • Solution
    Is the team capable of implementing their proposed solution? Does the team have a deep understanding of the inner workings of their solution?
  • Environmental Impact Analysis
    Has the team conducted a thorough analysis of their environmental impact? (i.e. both quantitatively & qualitatively, etc.) Does this idea specifically address climate change?
  • Market/Competitive Landscape
    Has the team conducted a thorough review of their market? Has the team conducted a thorough review of their potential competitors? Has the team established or identified their competitive advantage?
  • Style and Presentatino
    Was the team’s presentation easy to follow and understand? Did the team create a high-quality, professional slide deck?
  • Wow Factor [Anything that makes them truly stand out]]

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