Current contests

Contests, entrepreneurship openings or other opportunities with imminent deadlines. Last update 2016-05-31.

DEADLINE Sep. 30. Applications will be open Aug. 29-Sep. 30 for the 2017 Winter Forum, "Power to the People: Tackling Energy Inequality through Clean Energy Solutions." Undergraduates will compete to develop the best solutions for unequal energy access at home and abroad using case analysis and storytelling skills.

Use this form to submit information about competition opportunities to the Energy Initiative. Announcements will appear on this page and in Currents, the biweekly student newsletter.

Ongoing/annual contests and activities

At Duke:

  • Duke Start-Up Challenge: The Duke Start-Up Challenge, founded in 1999, is a yearlong entrepreneurship competition followed by an accelerator program. It includes a Clean Energy Track sponsored by the Energy Initiative.
  • Innovations Co-lab: Duke's Innovation Co-Lab connects student pioneers with the human and technological resources necessary to jumpstart their success. Read about its 2013 Big Byte Challenge and keep an eye on this page and the biweekly Currents student newsletter for details on 2014 competitions.


  • American Energy Data Challenge: This ongoing, four-part challenge is intended to introduce the public to the valuable data and resources offered by the Energy Department; solicit feedback about the data; amplify the energy data available to consumers; create new ways to visualize and discover energy data; and spur the development of new tools and services that leverage these high-value data sets in ways that benefit the American people.
  • Visit the Energy Department's website for additional competitions and challenges geared toward university students and faculty.

Mailing Address

Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability
Box 90467
Durham, NC 27708

Street / Delivery Address

Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability
140 Science Drive
Gross Hall, Suite 101
Durham, NC 27708


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    Assistant Director for Student Experience

    Bryan’s work supports the Nicholas Institute’s educational programming, events and communications.