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Call for Participation: ENGIE Big Pitch UK


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23/04/2015

By ENGIE

closure date
01/06/2015

If you are a clean energy start-up with an innovative idea for a sustainable future, don’t miss the opportunity to promote your innovative solution during ENGIE Innovation Week from 15 -19 June.


What are we looking for

A company, start-up or entrepreneur with an innovative idea relating to any of the following themes:

  • Energy Efficiency
  • Renewable Energy
  • Smart Technologies
  • Smart Cities


Selected candidates will have the opportunity to

  • Showcase and pitch their innovative projects to ENGIE executives, local decision makers, potential clients and other entrepreneurs in Aberdeen, Newcastle, Chester or in London
  • Win the opportunity for coaching to help them develop and market their innovations
  • Winning project will

    What are we looking for

    A company, start-up or entrepreneur with an innovative idea relating to any of the following themes:

    • Energy Efficiency
    • Renewable Energy
    • Smart Technologies
    • Smart Cities

    ENGIE is looking for the next big idea in Energy and Services for Cities, Communities, Buildings and People. Experts will select the most exciting innovative projects that will be invited to participate live at ENGIE Innovation Week events in the UK between 15 – 19 June 2015.



    Why participate?

    Selected candidates will have the opportunity to

    • Showcase and pitch their innovative projects to ENGIE executives, local decision makers, potential clients and other entrepreneurs in Aberdeen, Newcastle, Chester or in London
    • Win the opportunity for coaching to help them develop and market their innovations
    • Winning project will meet the members of the ENGIE New Ventures Investment Fund, which has at its disposal €100m.


    What are the key dates?

    1 June at 12:00: Deadline for submission of application forms

    1 June – 5 June: Selection of candidates to participate in ENGIE Innovation Week in the UK

    5 June: UK candidates notified of selection and location of exhibition and pitch

    15 June: Marketplace event in Aberdeen

    16 – 17 June: Innovations will be exhibited at the innovation venues and those selected will be pitched to a panel of experts in Newcastle and Chester

    19 June: Live presentation of finalists in London and selection of a winner



    Where will this be happening?

    There will be four locations where innovative projects will be exhibited and/or pitched:

    • ENGIE House, Aberdeen, on Monday 15 June
    • The Core, Science Central, Newcastle, on Tuesday 16 June
    • Thornton Energy Park, Chester University, on Wednesday 17 June
    • Finalists will be selected from pitch sessions to participate in a Final event in London on Friday 19 June, where the winners will be announced.


    How will submissions be evaluated?

    Submissions will be assessed against the following criteria:

    • Relevance to the identified themes (Energy efficiency; Renewable energy; Smart technologies; Smart Cities)
    • Innovative character of the submission
    • Maturity of the project
    • Feasibility and deployment of the project in the short term

    Projects can take all kinds of shapes, provided they can be exhibited or “pitched”. ENGIE will choose up to 10 of the most innovative submissions to pitch their ideas to the Panel and invite further submissions to exhibit. Start-ups will be selected during the week of 29th May, 2015, after which full details of the venue, timings and expectations will be provided.

    After the pitch sessions, the Panel will choose finalists who will have the opportunity to participate in the Final event in London on Friday 19 June.

    Selection Committee

    ENGIE executives, local decision makers, entrepreneurs, university representatives.

    Why is ENGIE doing this?

    A major utility and service provider for over 150 years, ENGIE Group believes the world of energy is undergoing a profound and lasting transformation. The Group has set itself the goal of becoming Europe’s leader in energy transition, in particular by focusing on innovation. This drive is at the core of the Group’s efforts to transform good ideas into operational services for the benefit of its customers. To achieve this goal, ENGIE has launched an ambitious programme on innovation to boost entrepreneurial creativity.

    As part of this initiative, ENGIE has created a “New Ventures” fund of €100m , aimed at accelerating the development of new business linked with energy transition by capturing external innovation. The fund is focussed on start-ups with a differentiating technology or an innovative business model that are looking for an industrial partner.

    In order to focus on this initiative, ENGIE is organising an Innovation Week from 15th to 19th June, where entrepreneurs will be able to exhibit and pitch their ideas to ENGIE Executives, local decision makers and other entrepreneurs.