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Office of Innovation and
Entrepreneurship (OIE)

i6 Challenge

2016 RIS Program Competition

11/15/2016 - U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $15 Million in Entrepreneurs Across the Nation to Move Ideas to Market, Promote American Innovation (Press Release)

2015 RIS Program Competition

2/8/2016: U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker Announces Awardees of $10 Million in Grants to Advance Innovation Across America (Commerce Press Release)

2/8/2016: EDA’s Regional Innovation Strategies Program: Supporting Resources Critical to Entrepreneurial Success (Blog Post)

2015 Regional Innovation Strategies Program Competition Awardees

2014 RIS Program Competition

U.S. Commerce Department Announces $5 Million in Grants to Advance Innovation Across America (Press Release)

U.S. Commerce Secretary Announces $10 Million in Grants to Advance Innovation Across America (Press Release)

2014 RIS Program Competition Awardees

2012: i6 Challenge

i6 Challenge Winners' Conference 2012

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

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)