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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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2021 ACCELerator Challenge Winners Announced!

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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 determines 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 a bold 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 clean energy challenges. It’s where national laboratories, industry experts, and fabrication and manufacturing facilities engage, mentor, and propel progress. By forging and strengthening 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

SETO SBIR-STTR Featured Challenge

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Solar Prize Round 6

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Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize

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Solar Prize Round 5 - Software Track

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Solar Prize Round 5 - Hardware Track

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Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling Prize

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Ocean Observing Prize

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Groundbreaking Hydro Prize

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Solar Desalination Prize

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Geothermal Manufacturing Prize

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The Exact Resources To Thrive

The American-Made Network is fueling America’s innovation engine. Members of public and private sectors provide mentoring, tools, resources, and support to accelerate the transition of ideas into real-world solutions for environmental justice and economic renewal. All Connectors 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. They are professionals from national laboratories, accelerators, incubators, universities, facilities, and industry who support competitors through the development and launch process. They recruit entrepreneurs to participate in the American-Made Challenges and provide the support, resources, and necessary connections participants need 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 the National Renewable Energy Laboratory 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, and aid in submitting solutions.

Become a Verified Connector

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

All Connectors receive national recognition, partnership opportunities, and the potential to earn monetary rewards for their efforts to support 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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