Each year, Helena awards The Helena Prize to a young person with an impactful idea. Winners join the Helena community, where we provide them with resources, mentorship, and support. This year, we are focusing on ideas with the potential to combat climate change.

This year’s Helena Prize is open to anyone under 30 years of age with a for-profit venture that has a plausible and definable net negative impact on radiative forcing.

The Winner of
The Helena Prize
will recieve:

An invitation to join Helena.

Support from the Boston Consulting Group (BCG).

Mentorship from industry experts.

Access to Area 52.

More.

The Winner of
The Helena Prize
will recieve:

An invitation to join Helena

Support from the Boston Consulting Group (BCG)

Mentorship from industry experts

This is a very different type of Prize.

We hope to highlight, amplify, and reward individuals and projects with the power to change the world for the better.

This Helena Prize is open to anyone under 30 years of age with a for-profit venture that has a plausible and definable net negative impact on radiative forcing.

The Prize is designed around Helena’s unique structure; winners join the group and receive long-term resources to guide them through the development of their venture.

Traditional prizes offer their winners a monetary award, and then the process ends. The Helena Prize takes a different model: it begins when the winner is announced, and provides lasting support from many angles.

The goal of the Prize is to take advantage of Helena’s unique structure and partnerships in order to most effectively support its winner.

The Helena Prize is also unique in its focus on the young; the Prize is only open to those under the age of 30. This restriction mirrors Helena’s desire to support young leaders.

The winner of The Helena Prize will receive an invitation to join Helena as a member, mentorship from industry experts, support from The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), access to state of the art hardware and software development facilities of Area 52, financial support, and more.

How it Works.

Applications for The Helena Prize open on October 1st, 2016, and close on January 31st, 2017.

The Helena Prize will be judged by select members of the Prize’s Advisory Board of industry experts.

In early March, the judges will select and announce five finalists, who will then have until July of 2017 to develop their ventures. During this time, finalists may be contacted, observed and questioned by the judging panel.

The winner of The Helena Prize will be announced in August of 2017.

The Helena Prize is supported by a wide-ranging and growing Advisory Board of experts across generations and fields. The winner of the Prize will receive hands-on mentorship from the members of the Advisory Board, who also form part of our judging panel.

Co-Chairman, Nexus Working Group on Climate Change
AARON BERGER
PhD Candidate, University of Oxford
ALEXANDER PFEIFFER
Research Analyst & Engineer
AUSTIN ROSENBAUM
Director, Sustainable Finance Programme, University of Oxford
BEN CALDECOTT
Professor of Environmental Economics, University of Oxford
CAMERON HEPBURN
Founder, American Renewable Energy Institute
CHIP COMINS
Managing Director, Roda Group
DAN MILLER
Director, Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, University of Oxford
GORDON L. CLARK DSC FBA
Director of Sustainability, Atlanta
JOHN R. SEYDEL
Director, Center for Negative Carbon Emissions
KLAUS S LACKNER (ASU)
Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change & The Environment, LSE
MARIA CARVALHO
Executive Director, Center for Carbon Removal.
NOAH DEICH
Energy Editor, MIT Technology Review
RICHARD MARTIN
The Boston Consulting Group

Along with Helena’s efforts, the Boston Consulting Group will assist the winner of The Helena Prize in the development and expansion of their business.

Area 52

Area 52 is a Non-Profit initiative undertaken by Sierra Energy. Recognizing the critical lack of support for new manufacturing and industrial companies, Sierra has stepped to the plate as the keystone sponsor of Area 52, creating a resource that will benefit startups all over northern California.

The "Heavy Incubator" concept is the brainchild of Tim Keller, a veteran entrepreneur who believes that America needs to be actively investing in our manufacturing sector.

Membership

The winner of The Helena Prize will be invited to join Helena as a full member. The invitation is no different from that of any other Helena member; the Prize winner will have proven their merit to the group.

Helena Prize Frequently Asked Questions

This is a very different type of Prize.

We hope to highlight, amplify, and reward individuals and projects with the power to change the world for the better.

This Helena Prize is open to anyone under 30 years of age with a for-profit venture that has a plausible and definable net negative impact on radiative forcing.

The Prize is designed around Helena’s unique structure; winners join the group and receive long-term resources to guide them through the development of their venture.

Traditional prizes offer their winners a monetary award, and then the process ends. The Helena Prize takes a different model: it begins when the winner is announced, and provides lasting support from many angles.

The goal of the Prize is to take advantage of Helena’s unique structure and partnerships in order to most effectively support its winner.

The Helena Prize is also unique in its focus on the young; the Prize is only open to those under the age of 30. This restriction mirrors Helena’s desire to support young leaders.

The winner of The Helena Prize will receive an invitation to join Helena as a member, mentorship from industry experts, pro-bono management consulting from The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), access to state of the art hardware and software development facilities of Area 52, financial support, and more.

How it Works.

Applications for The Helena Prize open on October 1st, 2016, and close on January 31st, 2017.

The Helena Prize will be judged by a team from the Boston Consulting Group, and select members of the Prize’s Advisory Board of industry experts.

In early February, the judges will select and announce five finalists, who will then have until June of 2017 to develop their ventures. During this time, finalists may be contacted, observed and questioned by the judging panel.

The winner of The Helena Prize will be announced in July of 2017.

The Helena Prize is supported by a wide-ranging and growing Advisory Board of experts across generations and fields. The winner of the Prize will receive hands-on mentorship from the members of the Advisory Board, who also form part of our judging panel.

Co-Chairman, Nexus Working Group on Climate Change
AARON BERGER
PhD Candidate, University of Oxford
ALEXANDER PFEIFFER
Research Analyst & Engineer
AUSTIN ROSENBAUM
Director, Sustainable Finance Programme, University of Oxford
BEN CALDECOTT
Professor of Environmental Economics, University of Oxford
CAMERON HEPBURN
Founder, American Renewable Energy Institute
CHIP COMINS
Managing Director, Roda Group
DAN MILLER
Director, Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, University of Oxford
GORDON L. CLARK DSC FBA
Director of Sustainability, Atlanta
JOHN R. SEYDEL
Director, Center for Negative Carbon Emissions
KLAUS S LACKNER (ASU)
Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change & The Environment, LSE
MARIA CARVALHO
Executive Director, Center for Carbon Removal.
NOAH DEICH
Energy Editor, MIT Technology Review
RICHARD MARTIN
The Boston Consulting Group

The Boston Consulting Group will provide pro-bono management consulting to guide the winner of The Helena Prize through the development and expansion of their business. A team from BCG will also form part of the Prize’s panel of judges.

Area 52

Area 52 is a Non-Profit initiative undertaken by Sierra Energy. Recognizing the critical lack of support for new manufacturing and industrial companies, Sierra has stepped to the plate as the keystone sponsor of Area 52, creating a resource that will benefit startups all over northern California.

The "Heavy Incubator" concept is the brainchild of Tim Keller, a veteran entrepreneur who believes that America needs to be actively investing in our manufacturing sector.

Membership

The winner of The Helena Prize will be invited to join Helena as a full member. The invitation is no different from that of any other Helena member; the Prize winner will have proven their merit to the group.

Helena Prize Frequently Asked Questions

Contacts

For general inquiries: 
info@helena.co 
For media inquiries: priscila@helena.co 
For partnerships and projects: ideas@helena.co