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PSU Cleantech Challenge opens call for 2016 competition
Author: Christina Williams
Posted: February 10, 2016

The organizers of the PSU Cleantech Challenge want you to know one thing: Anyone can be a cleantech entrepreneur. 

Have an idea that solves a problem related to making the world a cleaner more livable place? It could be the spark you need to form a team and enter the PSU Cleantech Challenge. 

The Challenge, now in its fourth year, is expanding to schools statewide in its quest for innovation for a resource-constrained world. Applications for the 2016 PSU Cleantech Challenge are now open and due by May 6.  

The semifinal pitching round will take place on May 26 and the winning teams will receive a $2,500 development grant and ample mentoring to build a prototype of their idea and compete for the grand prize in September. 

Sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank, the Cleantech Challenge has awarded cash prizes students with ideas from indoor aquaponics systems and solar materials technology to environmentally sensitive car batteries to water filtration systems. Dozens of teams from multiple disciplines have taken the challenge and emerged from the experience transformed. 

Watch this video to learn more and visit pdx.edu/clean-challenge for all the details and to catch an information session.