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CAES Annual Shark Tank Competition - Info Session July 7

July 6, 2021

CAES will hold an information sessions for its annual “shark tank” competition at 11 a.m. on July 7. CAES Annual Pitch Event 2021: Pathways to INL Net Zero is open to anyone in the CAES community who has ideas to accelerate Idaho National Laboratory’s net-zero initiative, which aims to spur laboratory operations to achieve net-zero carbon emissions within 10 years.

Initial submissions are due by August 1 and will be accepted starting July 5. All ideas are welcome - big or small, raw or demonstration-ready, led by individuals or teams. The contest is split into three tracks: demonstration-ready projects, implementation-ready proposals and an ”open” category, and contestants will receive training on how to pitch their ideas and research.

The field of contestants will be culled throughout the summer to a semifinal round and, ultimately, a live final competition on September 2. Three first-place winners will emerge, each awarded $20K in program-development funding to help further the idea, either for implementation at INL or to assist in the pursuit of follow-on federal funding. More information on the competition and links to join the info sessions are available at caes.org/sharktank.