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I6 Challenge: Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

U.S. Map showing EDA Challenge Award Winners for Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge Projects, i6 Green and i6 Challenge 2010

Light bulb graphic for i6 Challenge The i6 Challenge is a multi-agency grant that encourages and rewards innovative, groundbreaking ideas that accelerate technology commercialization, new venture formation, job creation, and economic growth across the United States.

The Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIE) was created in 2009 to spearhead the federal government's efforts to promote innovation-based, high-growth entrepreneurship in pursuit of job creation and economic growth. OIE plays a lead role in developing policy recommendations and implementing initiatives to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of efforts to commercialize technology developed through university and federally funded research.

i6 Challenge Winners' Conference 2012


2012: i6 Challenge

Obama Administration Announces Winners of i6 Challenge Competition to Promote Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Job Creation

Announcement of Federal Funding Opportunity for the 2012 i6 Challenge

Obama Administration Launches $6 Million i6 Challenge to Promote Innovation, Commercialization and Proof of Concept Centers (Press Release)

The i6 Challenge: Proof of Concept Centers (Fact Sheet)

2012 i6 Challenge FAQs

June 19, 2012 i6 Informational Session (WMV format)
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June 27, 2012 i6 Informational Session (WMV format)
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July 12, 2012 i6 Q&A Session (MP3 format, 12MB)
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2011: i6 Green

Obama Administration Announces Winners of the $12 Million i6 Green Challenge to Promote Clean Energy Innovation and Job Creation (Press Release)

U.S. Commerce Department Announces Launch of i6 Green Challenge to Promote Clean Energy Innovation and Economic Growth (Press Release)

U.S. Commerce Department Launches i6 Green Challenge (Blog Post)

2010: Inaugural i6 Challenge

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke Announces Winners of i6 Challenge (Press Release)

Winners of i6 Challenge Announced (Blog Post)

Commerce Launches New Challenge to Bring Your Ideas to the Market Faster (Blog Post)