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Future of Energy Challenge: Net-Zero Emissions

Future of Energy Challenge is supported by Shell.

In the Future of Energy Challenge, we ask the next generation of thinkers, inventors, and entrepreneurs to design collaborative, innovative ideas addressing a reduction in scope 3 emissions

Participants submit a proposal with a potential solution that addresses the topic in the challenge brief. 5 finalist teams will be chosen to join the Future of Energy Scholars and further develop their solutions through an Accelerator designed to grow their potential solutions into fully developed and scalable businesses. The two-month Accelerator will culminate with a pitch panel competition in the spring 2021. The Future of Energy Scholars will present their final pitches to a panel of Shell experts and other field experts, who will select solutions based on clarity, innovation, feasibility,breakthrough potential, and feasibility of implementation.


  • Teams should have 2-4 members, ideally with a variety of academic backgrounds and perspectives
  • Teams must be based in the United States
  • Undergraduate students, graduate students, and professionals are all welcome to apply
  • If selected, finalists will join the Future of Energy Scholars and commit their participation in the Future of Mobility Accelerator--which involves a 30 hour per month commitment from mid-December through mid-March. Additionally, Mobility Innovators will attend an in-person session and final live pitch event between March 14th and 22nd at SXSW in Austin, TX. Travel expenses provided

  • Finalist teams join the Mobility Innovators Scholars; where they will hone their idea through mentoring sessions with Shell's research teams and develop their solutions with input from business and industry experts
  • Finalist teams will travel to SXSW in Austin, Texas for a prize trip (travel expenses paid!). The trip includes:
    • Attending Shell's invite-only event about the future of mobility and other related content at SXSW 
    • Participating in the final pitch competition where finalists will have a chance to present their ideas to a panel of Shell experts. The winning team will be selected and recognized by Shell for their innovation and ingenuity. The challenge winner will also be invited to attend Shell’s Powering Progress Together, an event series where leading thinkers from business, government and society spark new thinking on how to increase resilience in the face of growing pressure on the world’s vital resources.

  • Oct 16th, 2020: Applications Open
  • December 11th, 2020: Early-bird Deadline
  • January 6th, 2021: Final Deadline 
  • February, 2021: Accelerator Begins
  • April, 2021: Pitch Competition