EIT InnoEnergy: Innovation to Business with Danube Energy+

Submit your idea and win a free 40-hour training

Are you ready to drive innovation in the energy sector? Do you have an entrepreneurial or innovative idea that can shape our future?

Find out how to develop a business out of your innovative idea with the Danube Energy+ TOOL!

Application deadline: 28 February 2020

This programme will help you to develop and validate your business idea and improve your entrepreneurial skills. The programme ends with a Demo Day (23 April 2020) where you have the opportunity to pitch your idea to potential customers, investors and business partners.

Who should participate ?

  • The programme is specifically tailored for young innovators in the energy and sustainability field: students, young professionals and entrepreneurs under 35 years
  • You have an early-stage research project or idea with an innovation and commercial potential contributing to the sustainable energy challenge, but no product or working prototype yet

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Why participate ?

  • Opportunity to test your business idea and get an understanding of your potential markets and customers
  • You will have energy and business experts at your side during the entire programme

What's in ?

  • The 40-hour programme will cover
  • The specifics of business in energy efficiency
  • Networks, challenges and opportunities in this field
  • Competition analysis and advantage
  • Customer and market validation
  • Business skills including marketing and sales
  • Business modelling
  • Setting up your team
  • Legal issues for a start-up

Where and when ?

The 40-hour training programme consists of:

  • Four successive one-day workshops, 17-20 March, Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Demo Day pitch session will be on 23 April
  • Accompanying individual online coaching / webinars

Can I apply ?

You can apply if:

  • You are younger than 35 and haven't established a venture or start-up for this specific idea yet
  • Your idea fits into one or several of the following fields: Energy Storage, Smart & Efficient Buildings and Cities, Renewable Energies, Smart Electric Grid, Energy Efficiency, Energy for Circular Economy, Energy for Transport & Mobility, or any other area related to sustainability

All applications will be reviewed and evaluated according to eligibility and qualitative criteria such as clear identification of a problem/need, market potential or growth strategy. The winners will be contacted within 10 days after the submission deadline.

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