The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today invited Americans to vote online for the most innovative and promising start-up companies in the "America's Next Top Energy Innovator" challenge. Voting will end at 8:59 a.m. EST. on Monday, February 6, and the top start-up companies out of the 14 participating -- based on the public vote and an expert review -- will be invited to be featured at the premier annual gathering of clean energy investors and innovators around the country, the 2012 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit, at the end of February.
"Through the America's Next Top Energy Innovator Challenge, we are unleashing start-up companies to do what they do best: create new products, new industries, and new jobs," said U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu. "We've challenged America's entrepreneurs and innovators to create new businesses based on discoveries made by our world-leading national laboratories."
Americans can view profiles of the competing start-ups and vote on which ones could make the greatest contributions to the country's economic and energy future by visiting http://energy.gov/topinnovator. An expert panel will also evaluate the companies and rank them.
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