ENGIE and InnoEnergy: a growing partnership11/06/2019
The relations between InnoEnergy, the European accelerator dedicated to the energy transition, and ENGIE are getting stronger! ENGIE has become a shareholder in the European InnoEnergy company (KIC InnoEnergy S.E.).
A long-standing partnership
InnoEnergy and ENGIE share the same vision of the future of energy. At an European level, InnoEnergy supports innovative projects, start-ups and scale-ups via its accelerator, and develops both initial training courses (Masters, PhD) and continuous certifying courses. InnoEnergy has an annual budget of 104 million euros to achieve this mission.
ENGIE's entry into InnoEnergy's capital follows a collaboration that began more than six years ago with ENGIE participation in TBB (The Business Booster, InnoEnergy’s annual flagship event) in Barcelona in 2013. Since 2013, ENGIE regularly takes part in the events organized by InnoEnergy in France and in Europe, and participates through its various departments to many initiatives around sustainable city themes, new energies and networks, or eco-industries.
Hendrik Van Asbroeck, ENGIE’s Innovation Director underlines that "This participation demonstrates the deepening of the links developed over time between ENGIE and InnoEnergy. It opens a new page in our partnership and should allow us to extend our innovation ecosystem to new players in order to develop new growth drivers for the Group and our partners."
Richard Biagioni, CEO of InnoEnergy France, adds: "We are delighted that ENGIE has raised its involvement and interest in InnoEnergy. Our goal has always been to be a strategic partner for industry in terms of innovation. Strengthening the partnership with ENGIE will allow us to deepen our relationships and bring our strategies closer together. "
Over the last two years, ENGIE has actively supported some of the startups supported by InnoEnergy. In June 2017, Jean-Paul Reich, ENGIE’s former Scientific Director and hydrogen expert, joined the HySiLabs Strategic Committee, thanks to the InnoEnergy network. The same year, ENGIE also hosted DCbrain and HySiLabs on its booth during the Viva Technology tradeshow in Paris.
In 2019, ENGIE invited Atawey and InnoEnergy to its ENGIE & Partners booth at CES in Las Vegas. Atawey was also on the Mobility Park sponsored by ENGIE during Viva Technology 2019. The startup highlighted the HyStart offer, ENGIE's turnkey hydrogen mobility solution for communities and tertiary fleets. Vivatech was also the opportunity to announce an ENGIE initiative to promote hydrogen mobility: the provision of "hydrogen" bicycles for journalists at the next G20 summit in Biarritz this summer. These "hydrogen" bicycles will be supplied thanks to Atawey's hydrogen charging stations.
In October 2019, InnoEnergy's flagship event, TBB, will be hosted in Paris and this will certainly be a new opportunity to forge new links between the two partners.