Cherokee Challenge Postponed Until 2015

Cherokee Investment Partners and designer Bill McDonough have been sponsoring an annual Cherokee-McDonough Challenge, in which $20,000 in seed money is awarded to entrepreneurs with ideas for high-impact environmental products and services.

An announcement on the Cherokee-McDonough Challenge web site states that the challenge that was set to run for 2014 has been postponed until 2015. It reads:

“Thank you for your interest in the Cherokee-McDonough Challenge. We have decided to postpone the Challenge until 2015. In the interim, we will be contemplating whether it makes sense to scale the Challenge and how we might go about doing so. If you have questions, comments or ideas about the Challenge you can reach us at [email protected]

And, of course, we are always excited to hear from environmental entrepreneurs, so do not hesitate to reach out if we can be of assistance.”

Cherokee Investment Partners were behind the formation of Industrial Heat LLC last year, which acquired the rights of Andrea Rossi’s E-Cat technology. The postponement of the Challenge makes me wonder whether they feel that there is no need to continue their quest for breakthrough environmental solutions. They mention that they are thinking about ways to ‘scale’ the challenge — I’m not quite sure what they mean by that — but it is an indication that there is some new thinking going on. JT Vaughn, who now manages Industrial Heat, was the organizer of the Challenge — maybe he’s just too busy these days to deal with it this year.

  • Mr. Moho

    It looks like the E-Cat will be more than a “high-impact product” for the Cherokee-McDonough Challenge team.
    You can tell it will be *big*.

    • Gerard McEk

      Indeed, thy think no one will be able compete with the E-Cat and they don’t want to win the contest themselves.

  • Mr. Moho

    On March 4th they were still inviting “environmental entrepreneurs” to join the challenge.
    On March 13th they announced it got postponed until 2015.

  • it seems to be a 3-6month delay ?
    Seems logical not to let any candidate propose something that is meaningless.
    The applicant deadline was april 15….
    what is the meaning of a project filed in april, when in may-June Cold Fusion is mainstream accepted?
    which project to accept in september in that case?
    Like a bathsuit competition in the polar vortex.

  • bachcole

    Frank, I couldn’t agree more completely.

  • GreenWin

    After following the ARPA-E summit this past month, and the comments from industry leaders about the utilities death spiral – it seems something of a waste. Given the development of LENR in its advanced state, spending money on new windmill designs or heated driveways seems silly. Cherokee is well-intended and has made a brilliant choice in supporting Dr. Rossi. But they might do better to seed a new kind of education – rather than tech stuff.

    The advent of LENR means a new way of living life – less encumbered by centralized power mechanisms. This will require a return to critical thinking, independent thought and action. Abundance means living without fear there’s not enough. It means less enslavement by banksters. It will demand original creativity. Perhaps the Cherokee Challenge should look for innovators of independent living – how to live off-grid. How to live in an abundant universe.

    If we are to utilize low cost abundant energy, how do we live abundant lives without causing environmental damage?