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Smart Energy Call for Innovation (C4i)

Helping student entrepreneurs bring to market the breakthrough innovations that will define our energy future.

Genesis, UT's Student Startup Fund
Genesis invests in new ventures founded by UT Austin students. Genesis-backed startups have access to funding and mentorship, as well as to hands-on learning opportunities. Any current UT student may apply year-round to join Genesis’ growing portfolio of student-led companies.

Smart Energy Call for Innovation (C4i)
Launched in 2022, the Smart Energy Call for Innovation (C4i) is a collaboration between the Energy Institute and Genesis to invest in student entrepreneurs who have innovative, functional solutions to pressing energy and climate challenges. C4i-backed startups join the Genesis portfolio, where they have access to funding, educational resources, and mentorship opportunities. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, with funding recipients announced each year in the Fall semester. 

The Smart Energy Call for Innovation can include submissions from any field as long as the value to the energy chain in that field is clear. 

C4i Portfolio

2024 Cohort

With support from Chevron

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Energy Umbrella

Energy Umbrella is a solar energy source that provides affordable, convenient, and reliable power to urban Indian households during frequent power outages using our unique solar panel design.

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Mach Transit

Harnessing maglev's frictionless motion and hybrid electromagnetic technology, we've developed a platform to enable more efficient and economical payload transport.

2023 Cohort

With support from Affinity Engineering, Chevron, and Shell


Gazelle Ecosolutions

Gazelle allows you to build and deploy custom remote-sensing algorithms in seconds so you can focus more on what matters

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Sweetwater Mining Co.

Deploy and operate modular bitcoin mining data centers to mitigate stranded natural gas in the oilfield