EIT InnoEnergy: Cleantech Camp Opens New Call for 2018
The programme promotes technology transfer and entrepreneurship in clean energy
EIT InnoEnergy, Gas Natural Fenosa, Barcelona Activa and Porto Municipal Chamber have announced the launch of the third Cleantech Camp program, which opens a call for business proposals from today until 18 February. The call is addressed to any entrepreneur (PhD, researcher or professional) with an idea of business or company at its initial phase that wants to venture in the clean energy sector.
As this year’s new feature, the programme lands for the first time in Porto (Portugal), giving the participants the opportunity to get to know the ecosystem of the area. This year the main partner of the programme, Gas Natural Fenosa, in collaboration with EIT InnoEnergy, looks for solutions related to the following challenges: Automation and control of energy distribution networks, distributed generation and self-consumption, infrastructure for sustainable mobility (VE + NGV), virtual reality and augmented reality for energy infrastructure.
From among all the received applications, a maximum of 15 projects related to the following topics will be selected:
- IoT & AI energy.
- Energy efficiency.
- Smart cities
- Renewable energies.
- Sustainable mobility.
- Smart grids.
- Cybersecurity & energy blockchain.
Josep-Miquel Torregrosa, business creation officer of EIT InnoEnergy Iberia, comments: 'After more than six years of accelerating and investing in start-ups and SMEs in the energy sector and clean technologies, we have used our experience and everything learned to design a program that contains the training and work sessions necessary for any entrepreneur to validate and launch a new product or service to the market.'
In addition, Mónica Puente, director of technological innovation at Gas Natural Fenosa, comments: 'Cleantech Camp is a very interesting initiative and one that has great potential to give value to the ideas and projects of entrepreneurs and innovative research groups. The program is made up of high-level professionals and at Gas Natural Fenosa we believe that they can help us develop initiatives that add value to our customers and contribute to the promotion of clean energy.'
The programme has a very dynamic format to prepare the business plan and validate the business idea with the program’s partners. The ultimate goal is for participants to validate the business idea with the market and create the appropriate implementation and launch strategy.
The travel and accommodation costs in the two cities where the program will be developed will be covered by the organization. In addition, the participants will have space in Barcelona Activa and in the Municipal Chamber of Porto and will have access to the Gas Natural Fenosa Innovation Hub for the development of the workshops.
Participants will be eligible for the investment programme of EIT InnoEnergy and may have access to an investment valued at EUR 500 000 in different phases once the programme ends.
In this edition, the Cleantech Camp programme has the collaboration of ESADE Business School as a Training Partner with the presence of different professional collaborators and professors such as the director of the B2B Sales Management program, Oscar Torres or the head professor of Entrepreneurial Finance and director for nine years of the ESADE Entrepreneurship Institute, Luisa Alemany. All trainers and mentors are featured on the programme’s website.
Finally, this year we have the contribution of COMSA Corporación and CEiia incorporating both as innovation partners to the programme.
The winner will receive EUR 20 000 and the first and second finalists will receive EUR 10 000 and EUR 5 000, respectively, as well as support for the growth and consolidation of the project with contributions with a value of EUR 15 000 for the projects with the most potential in Spain and Portugal. Contributions are made by knowledge partners Osborne Clarke, Ateknea, SRS and ZBM Patents who will be present as juries at the final event of the programme on 21 June.
To apply to the program go to www.cleantechcamp.com
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