September 28, 2011
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TOMORROW: Obama Administration to Announce Winners of i6 Green Challenge
$12 million initiative leverages resources of five federal agencies to spur job creation by
promoting a green economy and clean technology commercialization
WASHINGTON – Obama Administration officials, including U.S. Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra, will hold a national press conference call with reporters tomorrow to announce the winners of the i6 Green Challenge, an effort to drive technology commercialization and entrepreneurship in support of a green innovation economy, increased U.S. competitiveness and new jobs.
The Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) will award up to $1 million to each of the six teams from around the country with the most innovative and competitive proposals. The U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Science Foundation will award up to $6 million in additional funding to i6 Green winners. They will also receive technical assistance from Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office and National Institute of Standards and Technology.
First announced at the White House launch of Startup America in January, the i6 Green Challenge follows last year’s inaugural i6 Challenge focused on accelerating high-growth entrepreneurship in the United States.
For more information on i6 Green, click here.
WHO: U.S. Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra
Acting U.S. Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank
U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development John Fernandez
U.S. Assistant Secretary of Energy for Policy and International Affairs David Sandalow
Deputy Assistant Director of the NSF Directorate for Engineering Kesh Narayanan
Chief Financial Officer of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Barbara Bennett
WHAT: National press call to announce winners of i6 Green Challenge
WHEN: 11:00 a.m. ET, Thurs., Sept. 29, 2011
RSVP: This press call is for members of the media only. Those who wish to join should call 888-942-8395 and enter the passcode 4628036, followed by #. For more information, please
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