BlueGreen Innovation Challenge 2021 for Students in the U.S.

BlueGreen Innovation Challenge 2021 for Students in the U.S.

Deadline: January 12, 2021

Applications for the BlueGreen Innovation Challenge 2021 are now open. SeaAhead, National Grid, and the Cambridge Innovation Center established the BlueGreen Innovation Challenge to support novel approaches to interconnected challenges in Rhode Island.

This systems design challenge will leverage a key asset in souther New England – its university students – to conceive and develop big ideas at the energy-food-urban community-coastal nexus. Rhode Island’s ambitious climate and clean energy goals make this the opportune time for the next generation of leaders to think BIG.

Challenge Goals

The goals of the BlueGreen Challenge include:

  • Increase the availability of clean, sustainable energy in Rhode Island.
  • Enhance sustainability of the Ocean State’s seafood system, from boat/farm-to-plate.
  • Promote the circular economy.
  • Improve community resilience: economic empowerment, health, and food security.
  • Inspire the next generation to focus on solving problems that really matter.


  • Receive mentorship and feedback from program partners and industry experts.
  • The opportunity to pitch solutions at the Demo Day event, in March 2021.
  • Prize money and public recognition:
    • 1st Place Prize: $10,000
    • 2nd Place Prize: $5,000
    • 3rd Place Prize: $1,500
  • Access to facilities at CIC Providence.
  • Opportunity to work with project partners to implement solutions.


  • Open to young adults who attend an institution of higher education in Rhode Island, Connecticut, and southern/central Massachusetts, or are from Rhode Island and studying at an out-of-state institution.
  • Recent graduates are also welcome to apply.
  • Competitors are encouraged to form inter-school teams. Team members from outside of RI, CT, and or MA may participate as long as at least half the team meets the above criteria.


In the application, you will be asked to provide some identifying information about you and your team and submit your two-page proposal as a PDF.

Click here to apply

For more information, visit BlueGreen Innovation Challenge.