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SPE Startup Village Seeks Competitors for the Energy Startup Competition

SPE is accepting applications for its annual Energy Startup Competition. The deadline for applications is 2 July.

Source: SPE.

The Startup Village will take place virtually this year and will consist of the Energy Startup Competition on Monday, 13 September, and the Competition Awards and the Expert Presentations and Table Discussions on Tuesday, 14 September. The program is a partnership between SPE and the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship at Rice University.

Launched in 2017, the Energy Startup Competition is a fast-paced competition showcasing emerging energy technology companies. It has awarded almost $300,000 in cash prizes to startup companies since its inception.

“The SPE Startup Village has formed out of the difficult times in oil and gas to help connect the right people in funding and development, with the right startup companies to provide a no strings attached method of winning funds and more importantly providing valuable access to people who can make a difference in accelerating the development of the new technologies," said David Reid, Chief Technology Officer and Chief Marketing Officer with NOV, and Startup Village Chairperson

Competitors will receive visibility among leaders in the upstream energy industry, recognition as technology leaders, the opportunity for cash prizes, networking with leading energy investors, and mentoring.

The 12 finalist companies selected to present will have the opportunity to participate in a mentoring session before the Competition and will receive complimentary admission to ATCE.

During the competition, each company will have 5 to 8 minutes to provide information about their company and technology to a group of venture capitalists, angel investors, and industry leaders.

Expert Presentations will give all participants an opportunity to ask questions and gain insights from investors, industry representatives, and veteran entrepreneurs about building startups.

If you would like to sponsor this worthwhile program, learn more about the sponsorship opportunities in the Startup Village Sponsorship Brochure.

Hear Kirstie Boyle, 2018 Startup Village "Rising Star" award winner discuss the significance of ATCE Startup Village and startups. View Bryant Mueller as he discusses the merits of Startup Village.

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