Apply if you’re based in Illinois
Evergreen Climate Innovations works with Nicor Gas to support entrepreneurs who are making a positive environmental impact throughout Illinois.
Recipients of the Nicor Gas Multicultural Innovator Award receive a non-recourse grant of $25,000, 12-months of business mentorship from Nicor Gas and Evergreen Climate Innovations, and heightened exposure to both investors and potential customers.
Applications for the 2023 award cycle are now closed.
Award Application Criteria
Company must have a founder or CEO who identifies as Black, Indigenous, and/ or a Person of Color
Based in Illinois or has a substantial Illinois presence
- 2-12 full-time employees
- Can be either product or service-based
- No more than $3M in funding raised
- Must demonstrate at least 3-6 months of funding runway
- Does not need to be market-ready, but preferred
Renewable energy, energy efficiency, smart buildings/cities, water, ag-tech, energy storage, mobility/advanced transportation, circular economy, and digital solutions for operational efficiencies, reduced maintenance costs, customer engagement, and/or worker training/management
If you have any questions, please email Senior Program Manager Dylan O’Reilly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations to our 2022 winner, Kazadi Enterprises!
Our 2022 recipient of the Nicor Gas Multicultural Innovator Award was Kazadi Enterprises. Kazadi Enterprises’ patented technology leverages thermal energy in air, converting environmental heat into work and plugging into the natural hydrologic cycle, reducing the cost and carbon footprint of refrigeration.
Ready for investment and support?
Your climate tech startup may be eligible.