Energy Technology Open Competition (2018 Program Updates Almost Complete!)

Applications due Friday, January 26, 2018

Competition: Monday, January 29, 2018


The University of Texas at Austin invites Texas students, faculty and the startup community to share their ideas, win cash prizes, and meet investors and prospective customers across four categories: Oil & Gas, CleanTech, Energy and Water Efficiency, and Software.

The Texas Energy Technology Open collaborates with the existing energy innovation ecosystem. We work with other startup competitions and organizations to establish a standard application for entrepreneurs. Competitors are able to submit their application to other competitions with minimal additional effort.

We believe that any innovation cluster must be entrepreneur-driven. We encourage competitors to help set the tone of this competition by inviting audience members, be they investors, entrepreneurs, or other parties.

Stakeholder Fliers

Competitor Flier                                                                        Judge Flier                                                                     Sponsorship Flier

Competition Day Logistics

Schedule (all events will take place in the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center)

  • 7 am: Check-In Begins
  • 8:15 am: Breakfast Panel Begins (Legends Room)
    • Moderater: TBA
    • Panelist: TBA
    • Panelist: TBA
    • Panelist: TBA
  • 9:30 am: Pitch Competition Prelims Begin (Rooms TBA)
  • 11:30 am: Lunch Served (Legends Room)
  • 12:30 pm: Pitch Competition Finals Begin (Legends Room)
  • 2:30 pm: Pitch Competition Finals End 
  • 5:00 pm: Winner Announced and Reception 

Presentation Time Allocation

Each competitor competing in prelims and finals will have:

  • 20 minutes to present their video and pitch deck
  • 10 minutes for judge/audience questions

Presenter order will be announced during the weekend before the competition, once all submissions are in.

Benefits of Participation

  • Cash and prizes!
  • Appointment in the Austin Technology Incubator SEAL Program
  • Exhibit your company and technology during the UT Energy Week.
  • Network with some of the leading figures in the global energy industry
  • Meet the active venture capital and angel investing community in Austin, TX
  • Spend the week in Austin’s world-leading technology hub!

Team Qualifications

  • Technology or software at prototype stage
  • Investor ‘pitch’ deck
  • Five minute video for the judges
  • Two page written value proposition for the new technology
  • Ability to exhibit during UT Energy Week


  • Fill out the application form
  • Upload before January 26th deadline:
    1. Exec. Summary - Accepted starting 11/15
    2. Pitch deck
    3. Video
  • Finalists (if number of applicants exceeds capacity) to present at UT


There are no strict guidelines for the format of submissions as long as you can communicate your technology and business plan in a clear and effective way. Some examples from last year’s submissions are as follows:
•    Pitch deck
•    Video
•    Two-pager


Please select the area of competition you are entering.
Please enter the city and country where your company operates (i.e. Austin, USA or Dubai, UAE).
Please submit a brief introduction to your company and the technology you are entering into the competition.
Company Contact Name *
Company Contact Name
Please provide us the name and contact information of the person at your company responsible for communications about the contest.
Phone Number *
Phone Number
Exec. Summary
Before submitting your application, share a copy of your exec. summary (both .docx and PDF) with via Google Drive.
Pitch Deck and Video
Before submitting your application, share your pitch deck (.ppt) and 5-minute pitch video deck (.mp4) with via Google Drive.


John Adamo


Longhorn Energy Club

Aanandh Chandrasekar

VP on Entrepreneurship

Longhorn Energy Club