i6 Green Bring Innovative Ideas to Market


The i6 Green Challenge is a $12 million competition, which builds on the success of last year’s inaugural i6 Challenge, and focuses on the nexus between economic development and environmental quality and rewards innovative, ground-breaking ideas that enable technology commercialization, new venture formation, job creation, and economic growth.

“The $12 million i6 Green Challenge is an important component of President Obama’s Startup America initiative to promote American innovation and win the future. The multi-agency competition builds on the success of last year’s initiative by encouraging Proof of Concept Centers and promoting green growth to increase our nation’s competitiveness and accelerate the economic recovery.”

    U.S. Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra

“Initiatives like the i6 Green Challenge support the President’s vision for out-innovating the rest of the world by moving great ideas from the lab to the marketplace to spur the development of 21st century jobs and industries. We know that in the last 30 years, nearly all net new jobs were created by startups, and they will continue to play a critical role in our nation’s economic prosperity.”

    U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke

“The i6 Green Challenge will help catalyze American ingenuity by leveraging the proven benefits that these centers offer to promote green growth, advance cluster development and strengthen the economic ecosystems of America’s regions.”

    U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development John Fernandez

“Investments in small business innovation through the i6 Green Challenge will play an important role in strengthening U.S. competitiveness and supporting economic development and job growth around the country. These centers will help companies test their innovations, a critical step in commercializing next generation clean energy technologies.”

    U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu

“The history of environmental protection has been a history of innovation, with new tools and technology that make everything we do cleaner and greener. American small business and startups have always been at the heart of our innovative capacity and continue to lead the way in America’s world-leading environmental technology industry. We’re proud to be working with our federal government partners to support new ideas and new products to grow our economy at the same time we clean up our environment.”

    EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson

“Small businesses can create major technological advances for renewable energy, energy efficiency, green building technology/manufacturing, materials reuse/recycling, and environmental restoration. With strategic i6 Challenge partners and support from the NSF Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, their innovations can generate economic growth that benefits entire regions.”

    NSF Director of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships Kesh Narayanan

“The National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s participation in the i6 Green Challenge will spur the development of a sustainable source of bioenergy that will create jobs and wealth in rural America while reducing the carbon footprint of energy production. This critical investment in our Small Business Innovation Research projects will help small businesses move their innovations from the lab to the marketplace.”

    USDA Director of National Institute of Food and Agriculture Roger Beachy

“The i6 Green competition should promote the commercialization of green technology, which is a priority of the Obama Administration. Green technology is a key driver of economic growth and job creation, and the USPTO is dedicated to promoting the development and commercialization of this vital technology.”

    Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of USPTO David Kappos

“Fostering the commercialization of innovative green products and the development of sustainable manufacturing processes precisely lines up with the next-generation strategies of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership. The nationwide network of MEP centers stands ready to form partnerships with i6 Green Challenge applicants, by providing industrial- and engineering-related support in proposed Proof of Concept Centers, and in sharing its expertise in commercialization and growth opportunities related to applicants’ proposed strategies.”

    NIST Associate Director for Innovation and Industry Services Phillip Singerman

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