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This is the American-Made Network

Welcome to America’s Innovation Engine. This is where creative entrepreneurs and a diverse network of Connectors come together to accelerate world-changing ideas.

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Meet and connect with the connectors and power connectors that are supporting these American-Made Challenges

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Each American-Made Challenge is a chance to apply your brilliance and ingenuity to reach manufacturing scale faster

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Whether you are an innovator seeking to solve a challenge, or a connector seeking to provide support, the information in your profile informs the matches you receive. Add as many relevant details as possible to improve the quality of your suggestions.

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About the American-Made Network

The United States has an auspicious vision for a thriving clean energy future. The American-Made Network is fueling progress and supporting global business to make it happen.

This is where innovators contribute game-changing ideas, specialized skills, and expertise to solve our most pressing cleantech challenges. And it’s where national laboratories, industry experts, and fabrication and manufacturing facilities engage, mentor, and propel the progress. By forging, strengthening, and scaling vital connections, the American-Made Network transforms ideas into real-world products — faster than ever before.

Join the revolution today. Let’s ignite, inspire, connect, build, and deploy the next generation of clean energy technologies and businesses.

Featured Challenges

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Geothermal Manufacturing Prize

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Solar Desalination Prize

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Groundbreaking Hydro Prize

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Ocean Observing Prize

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Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling Prize

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The Exact Resources to Thrive

The American-Made Network is fueling America’s Innovation Engine. These members of the public and private sectors provide mentoring, tools, resources, and support to accelerate ideas into real-world solutions for environmental justice and economic renewal. All are incentivized to help competitors succeed.

American-Made Network members fall into one of two main categories: Connectors and Power Connectors.

Connectors make up the majority of the American-Made Network. These are professionals from national laboratories, accelerators, incubators, universities, facilities, and industry, that support competitors through the innovation and launch process. They recruit entrepreneurs to participate in the American-Made Challenges and provide the support, resources, and necessary connections needed to succeed in the competition.

Power Connectors are a select group of organizations contracted to help with specific tasks for specific prizes. They partner with National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to envision and execute a sustainable growth strategy for the American-Made Challenges program and help teams achieve project success. Tactically, Power Connectors recruit for prizes, build lasting alliances, host demo days, aid in submitting solutions.

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Connectors get to be a part of a highly creative and diverse group that plays a key role in bringing new technology to market. Each prize in the American-Made Challenges uses a subset of the Network in a different way. In some prizes, Connectors are eligible to receive monetary recognition rewards for their support.

All Connectors receive national recognition, partnership opportunities, and the opportunity to earn monetary rewards for their efforts supporting innovators.

  • Join a creative and diverse group
  • Earn badges and monetary rewards
  • Discover partnership opportunities
  • Help bring new technology to market
  • Receive national recognition
  • Support innovators
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