What's Your Idea?

Share your idea for a challenge that could help solve an issue that's important to the fields of science, exploration, or conservation. If we choose it, we'll reward you—and your suggestion could become a real competition.

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In 2013, Chad Lipton submitted an idea for an entrepreneurial competition to alleviate energy poverty around the globe. Because roughly 1.3 billion people -- one in five globally -- lack access to basic electricity, his idea was both pertinent and salient. Providing access to modern and sustainable energy is essential to improving living standards in the developing world.

Rather than selecting one local village to support or a single technical approach to scale, Chad proposed an international competition, inviting energy entrepreneurs working in those villages to submit their most promising business plans. His competition came to be known as the Terra Watt Prize.

Entrepreneurs were asked to share how they would provide basic energy access to an off-grid village of at least 50 households. A set of judges, composed of energy experts and investors with capital to deploy, evaluated the proposals.

The competition, which launched in November 2013, resulted in two winners who each received $125,000 to implement their projects. Chad received a cash reward of $5,000 and helped turn his idea into a National Geographic competition. You can read more about the Terra Watt Prize by visiting www.terrawattprize.com.

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2013 Winner

Chad Lipton

In 2013, Chad Lipton submitted an idea for an entrepreneurial competition to alleviate energy poverty around the globe. Because roughly 1.3 billion people—one in five globally—lack access to basic electricity, providing access to modern and sustainable energy is essential to improving living standards in the developing world.

Rather than selecting one local village to support or a single technical approach to scale, Chad proposed an international competition, inviting energy entrepreneurs working in those villages to submit their most promising business plans. His competition came to be known as the Terra Watt Prize. The competition was launched in November 2013 and resulted in two winners who each received $125,000 to implement their projects. Chad received a cash reward of $5,000 for his winning idea.

www.terrawattprize.com

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