ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit

Student Program

What is the Student Program?

The Student Program at the ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit is a unique opportunity for student energy leaders to engage with companies looking for new talent, as well as learn about new energy initiatives. The graduate-level students selected to participate in the Student Program receive complimentary registration to attend the Summit, participate in student-focused panel sessions, and network with corporate recruiters.

Who participates in the Student Program?

We expect a diverse mix of technical, scientific, business, and policy students from top institutions, who are energy leaders on their campuses and have the goal of transitioning to a professional career in the energy sector.

How do I apply to the Student Program and what information will be needed?

Admission to the Student Program is restricted to graduate-level students at accredited institutions.

Student Program Application

What is included in a Student Program Registration?

Accepted students will receive a complimentary student registration pass to the Summit.

What are the application due dates and when would I be notified of acceptance?

Application Period closed: January 6, 2023 at 11:59p.m. EST
Students will be notified of application decisions: Beginning January 18, 2023
If accepted, Students must confirm participation by: January 30, 2023

How can my company participate in the Student Program?

For companies interested in the Student Program, participation is at no additional cost to your Summit registration. Participating companies will receive a digital resume book in advance of the Summit with the resumes of the Student Program participants and the ablility to network with the Students during a networking event. An email will be sent to all Summit registered companies in the spring of 2023 with more information on how to participate.


Proposing Ideas for Technologies that Can Harness Energy Sustainably (P.I.T.C.H.E.S.)

Do you have an interesting or potentially disruptive energy technology idea? Do you find yourself often drawing schematics and brainstorming ways that a process can be done better? Do you wish you had the opportunity to share these ideas to a broader audience or even to flex your pitching skills? Have you watched the ARPA-E Fast Pitches from previous Summits and felt inspired? Good news! ARPA-E wants to hear from you as we host the second student pitch session at the 2023 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit!

Accepted student attendees are invited to submit their ideas to be considered in the ARPA-E Student PITCHES session. Students who are selected to present will prepare a short, 5-minute technical overview of their idea and present it to an audience of their student peers and a panel of industry representatives who will provide feedback and ask questions about their pitch ideas. This is an excellent format to showcase yourself and your ingenious ideas in a semi-formal setting in front of like-minded peers and industry representatives.

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Students interested in participating in the Student PITCHES session are invited to submit a written proposal for an idea by Wednesday, February 15, 2023, at 11:59 PM EDT according to the following format (detailed below). A link for submitting a pitch proposal will be provided in the Summit acceptance notification. The submitted ideas will undergo a review process and the students whose ideas are selected will be invited to prepare a pitch. Ideas will be evaluated based on communication style, novelty, technical depth, and potential impact. Selection notifications will be sent starting February 22, 2023. In preparation for the Student PITCHES session, selected students are encouraged to attend a webinar planned for Tuesday, February 28, 2023, at 5 PM EDT with current ARPA-E Fellows on best practices for how to structure and deliver a pitch. Leading up to the Summit, students will also work with an ARPA-E Fellow coach to practice and refine the pitch. The Student PITCHES session will be on Thursday, March 23, 2023. We look forward to hearing your ideas!

PITCH Proposal Format

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  • 5-minute pitch in length
  • 1 slide which will also include
  • Title of the pitch
  • Name of the speaker
  • Graphical abstract summarizing the proposed solution