An annual competition, the Berkeley CUP is a collaboration between the Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute (BECI) and BERC, and a part of a US$2.5 million program funded by the Department of Energy’s Technology to Market Program.
It is open to students across the States who run startups that can transform the clean energy economy. Selected startups go through a 15 weeks training and are paired with individual mentors who help them develop their go-to-market plan and refine their business pitches.
The 2017 edition of the contest saw Nigeria’s Solstice, founded by Ugwem Eneyo and Cole Stites-Clayton – students at Stanford University, compete with UC Berkeley-based Flux Technologies and Noble Thermodynamics. Following the live pitches, Solstice was named winner.
Solstice’ mission is to enable access to reliable, affordable and clean energy that’s easy to manage.
It developed a low cost energy monitoring solution for Nigerian households that gives insight into energy consumption patterns by measuring both utility grid and generator usage.
The data the device provides can be used by homeowners to track energy usage, set budgets, and get energy saving tips through our mobile application.
Solstice took home the US$50,000 prize and will go on to compete in the 2017 U.S. Department of Energy’s National Cleantech University Prize.