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Allegheny Cleantech Competition Final Pitches


On March 28, four student teams competed in the final round of the Allegheny Region Cleantech University Prize Collegiate Competition at Carnegie Mellon University. Watch them pitch their technologies to a live audience at Carnegie Mellon’s 2017 Energy Week!

Congratulations to the 2017 winners:

1st Place – $50K: RoBotany (Carnegie Mellon University):

RoBotany is an indoor vertical farming company using automated robotics and software analytics to transform modern agriculture. The company was recently featured in NEXTpittsburgh as one of 17 tech companies to watch in 2017.

2nd Place – $10K: Teratonix (Carnegie Mellon University):

Teratonix is a maintenance-free solution that converts ambient radio waves to generate electricity on a spot.

3rd Place – $5K: RE-Empower (University of Maryland):

RE-Empower is a social enterprise committed to help eradicate global energy and economic poverty through the development of renewable energy systems for critical institutions and businesses in developing and emerging economies.

3rd Place – $5K: MPEL-EV (University of Maryland):

MPEL-EVtech develops Electrical Vehicle technology, bi-directional, high efficiency, multi-functional EV charging system.

Fan Favorite – $5K: Minimus (Robert Morris University):

Minimus delivers hyper-efficient, DC powered homes that are highly customizable and socially beneficial.

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