In 2014, the Department of Energy launched its first-ever open innovation competition called the Sunshot Catalyst. The SunShot Catalyst empowers super-communities of innovators to rapidly create products and solutions that address near-term challenges in the U.S. solar marketplace through prize challenges. The five incubation finalists that they funded were profiled in Forbes as the “Five Solar IT Start-Ups That You Should Know” and have raised nearly five times more funding than the prizes awarded. Hear from Michael Contreras on his communications strategy that drew a national audience to solve a global problem.

Finding the Solvers