2016 Bright Skies Clean Air Innovation Contest

Sponsored by Chevron, UCAIR and Grow Utah, this contest gave away $45k cash to startups making a difference in air quality.

The 2016 Bright Skies Clean Air Innovation Contest is now completed and has selected the winners!  The contest ran from September-November 2016 and sought applicants from Utah innovators, entrepreneurs, businesses, and non-profit organizations who have developed innovations that can immediately improve Utah’s air quality.

The contest was a huge success with nearly 40 well-qualified applicants applying to the contest. Of those, eight finalists were selected for the final pitch event on November 16, 2016 in downtown Salt Lake City. At the conclusion of that event, three winners were announced and awards were given.


idle-free-heat-grow-utah-brigh-skies Idle Free Heat is a device that drastically extends the time a vehicle’s heating system can provide heat inside the cab without the engine on. This reduces the need to idle the engine in order to keep the air warm while waiting inside the vehicle. www.IdleFreeHeat.com

nikola-motor-grow-utah Nikola Motor is the first company in the world to engineer and develop a 100% zero emission, hydrogen/electric power semi-truck. www.nikolamotor.com

sharelift-bright-skies-grow-utah ShareLift is a ridesharing app that allows skiers and snowboarders to carpool to and from the resorts. Automatic payment, ranking, pickup locations and other features are all built in. www.shareliftapp.com

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What They Won

$45K Cash (Chevron): $22,500 Grand Prize; $11,250 Each Runner-Up


2016 “Bright Skies” Clean Air Contest Winners

2016 “Bright Skies” Clean Air Contest Winners

UCAIR, CHEVRON, ZIONS BANK AWARD $45K TO CLEAN AIR INNOVATORS Winners Given Prize Money to Launch Innovations and Improve Utah’s Air Quality SALT LAKE CITY, Utah November 21, 2016 – Utah Clean Air Partnership (UCAIR), Chevron, and Zions Bank announced the winners of...

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