Who’s backing the Bright Minds?

#BrightMindsChallenge

The Bright Minds Challenge Partners

A group of companies are behind the #BrightMindsChallenge and this consortium will provide the most promising emerging solutions with a tailored package of commercial, technical and mentoring support to help scientists scale up their solution as quickly as possible.

The partners have a deep and broad knowledge of solar and energy storage and are committed to achieving 100% renewable energy this century.

Join us, together we can find and help to fast-forward the emerging solutions that society needs in order to meet its greatest challenges.

DSM

DSM

Royal DSM is a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials. By connecting its unique competences in life sciences and materials sciences DSM is driving economic prosperity, environmental progress and social advances to create sustainable value for all stakeholders simultaneously. DSM delivers innovative solutions that nourish, protect and improve performance in global markets such as food and dietary supplements, personal care, feed, medical devices, automotive, paints, electrical and electronics, life protection, alternative energy and bio-based materials.

"Through our Science can Change the World movement, we want to build preference for DSM as a leader in ‘science for societal impact’. This is in support of our business goal of driving profitable growth through science-based sustainable solutions. The Bright Minds Challenge supports this objective, bringing together our communications and engagement, science, business and innovation expertise."

Accenture

Accenture

Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions – underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network – Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With approximately 384,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives.

"The development and acceleration of clean energy is key for our planet and crucial to keep our world livable. Accenture’s purpose is to improve the way the world works and lives, innovating is at the core of what we do. We’re honored to partner in the Bright Minds Challenge which gives us an excellent opportunity to spot and work with some promising innovators in order to uncover a breakthrough innovation that will change the world!"

The National Center of Supervision and Inspection on Solar Photovoltaic Products Quality (CPVT)

Chinese National Center of Supervision and Inspection on Solar Photovoltaic Products Quality (CPVT)

The National Center of Supervision and Inspection on Solar Photovoltaic Products Quality (CPVT) is located in Wuxi, was established upon the approval of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People’s Republic of China in 2007. CPVT has a highly qualified photovoltaic inspection and research team, with nearly 100 employees and over RMB 100 million invested in fixed equipment assets. It processes inspection and research capabilities in photovoltaic products in the whole industry chain, including PV raw and auxiliary materials, PV components, PV assembly, PV power station, etc. CPVT is a CB laboratory accredited by the IEC System of Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components (IECEE), a member of the IEC TC82 PV Standards Committee, as well as the leading organization of the Systems and Components Work Group, PV Power Generation and Industrialization Standard Implementation Group of the Standardization Administration of the People’s Republic of China. Relying on the international cooperation network of CPVT, it is able to provide one-stop authentication services for PV producers to gain access to all markets.

"Throughout the years, we have seen many excellent scientific research talents who made a great number of technical innovations in the field of solar PV and energy storage. Very often, due to the lack of support from professional commercial and marketing institutions and persons, scientific researchers had to wait for very long from the generation of a new technology to its application on a large scale. The initiators of the Bright Minds Challenge are institutions and enterprises with strong professional background globally, who are dedicated to the incubation of 100% renewable energy projects. Anyone with a solution relevant to renewable energy, especially in the fields of solar power and renewable energy storage, can submit an entry. This is a great opportunity for scientific talents in China."

Greentown Labs

Greentown Labs

Greentown Labs is a community of bold, passionate entrepreneurs creating game-changing energy technologies that transform the way we live, work, and play. Located in Somerville (MA) in the US, Greentown Labs is the largest cleantech incubator in the Northeast, operating a 40,000 sq. ft. facility that enables entrepreneurs to solve today’s biggest energy and environmental problems. Greentown Labs hosts a constant stream of events and programs for the cleantech community and tours more than 5,000 visitors from around the world each year. Its mission is to enable a vibrant community of entrepreneurs to realize their visions by providing access to the space, resources, and funding needed to thrive.

"Greentown Labs joined DSM's Bright Minds Challenge because of how strongly it aligns with our community's mission: to support cleantech entrepreneurs and innovators with the resources they need to grow their businesses. Thanks to DSM's support of our community, our cleantech entrepreneurs have access to the breadth of resources, knowledge and expertise DSM has to offer and we believe more startups from around the world should have an opportunity to utilize those amazing resources as well. We're passionate about innovation, entrepreneurship and technology that will help mitigate climate change, and we know the DSM Bright Minds Challenge will encompass all three of these areas and help turn many scientists' ideas into reality. We're excited to hear from inventors from every corner of the globe and we're proud to be part of such an important movement."

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) primary national laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research. From scientific discovery to accelerating market adoption, NREL deploys its deep technical expertise and unmatched breadth of capabilities to drive the transformation of our nation’s energy resources and systems.

"The science can change the world philosophy and the Bright Minds Challenge fits with NREL’s focus on creative answers to today's clean tech energy challenges. From breakthroughs in fundamental science to new clean technologies to integrated energy systems that power our lives. Furthermore it calls upon the lab’s core competence in scaling-up scientific expertise, certification, state-of-the-art testing and lab facilities in solar and energy storage that can help make the difference for the winning entrants to make their solutions a reality."

Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship

The Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, Saïd Business School, Oxford University

The Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Saïd Business School, Oxford University, is a leading academic entity for the advancement of social entrepreneurship worldwide. The Skoll Centre fosters innovative social transformation through world-class education, cutting-edge research, and collaboration among business, policy, academic, and social leaders. It was founded in 2003 with a £4.4 million investment by the Skoll Foundation, the largest funding ever received by a business school for an international programme in social entrepreneurship.

"It is exciting for us to see corporations like DSM put resources behind talented individuals who seek to deploy technology as a tool for addressing some of the world’s greatest challenges. We can’t wait to see this year’s entries and are proud to be supporters of the Bright Minds Challenge".

SolarAid

SolarAid

SolarAid is a London-based international charity that believes in business-based solutions to poverty and climate change. SolarAid was founded in 2006 by the solar sector to explore and create clean, safe, affordable energy for all. In 2008 SolarAid created a social enterprise called SunnyMoney to run it’s on the ground operations in Africa. SunnyMoney uses an innovative distribution model to sell solar lights in rural off-grid communities currently dependent on costly, toxic kerosene for lighting. By building a sustainable market for solar products SolarAid and SunnyMoney aim to catalyse emerging solar markets and eradicate the kerosene lamp from Africa.

"The Bright Minds Challenge is an excellent idea which aims to scale up solar power and energy storage across the world. We have seen some great innovations in the last 10 years of SolarAid and helped drive down the cost of solar light in Africa from $25 to $5, but there are still more gains to be made. To overcome the combined threats of climate change and energy security and make clean, affordable, renewable energy available to everyone we need to innovate like never before. If you've got an idea please join the challenge and help make solar energy ubiquitous."

Solarcentury

Solarcentury

Solarcentury is in business for a reason: to make a meaningful difference in the fight against climate change through the widespread adoption of solar power. Founded in the US in 1998, Solarcentury's been around since the early days of the solar industry and has been part of the evolution that has made solar PV the attractive investment it is today. Solarcentury has put solar on a greater variety of sites than any other company in the industry, and has won multiple awards for product innovation. Solarcentury has built nearly 750MWp of solar worldwide and secured the O&M (operations and maintenance) contracts for 315MWp. It's largest project to date is 48MWp in the UK.

"We believe wholeheartedly that solar energy is a FUNDAMENTAL part of the future energy mix. Utilising such an abundant energy source is simple common sense. As a global leader in the development and deployment of solar, we are delighted to be supporting the Bright Minds challenge, to encourage scientists and innovators to invent solutions which might propel this industry forward. Our company’s purpose is to make a meaningful difference in the fight against climate change, and we welcome the opportunity to support an initiative which will help achieve this."

Sungevity

Sungevity

Sungevity is a solar electricity company based in Oakland (CA), US. Founded in 2007, Sungevity uses its proprietary Remote Solar Design (RSD) tool to offer a quote and system design options without visiting the home. The company designs home solar systems; provides financing options; and manages system installation, maintenance, and performance, and as such is at the forefront of expanding the worldwide residential solar market. Sungevity is dedicated to providing affordable and accessible solar installation in order to combat the changing climate as well as contribute to the rising clean energy economy as a community.

"Sungevity’s passion is bringing solar power to the masses. This means solar electricity with storage in combination with software and other renewable technologies to make the break to clean energy. That is a purpose worth all of us engaging in. So Sungevity is proudly supporting the  Bright Minds Challenge because it is about spreading solar and energy storage and energy breakthroughs to make clean energy happen, faster, sooner and better and engaging the best minds in that exercise".