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Innovation Grands Prix of the City of Paris: a constructive partnership

ENGIE is a faithful partner of the Grands Prix de l'Innovation of the City of Paris. It is therefore natural that Jean-Michel Reynaud, Head of startup relation at ENGIE Innovation, took part in the Mobility and Energy category jury, of which ENGIE and Total were the sponsors.

Each year, the awards ceremony is a highlight of ENGIE's relationship with its open innovation ecosystem. Tuesday, December 11, the ceremony began with a marketplace exposing the winners of each category.

For the Energy and Mobility category, 69 files were presented and 5 winners were chosen by the 17 jury members throughout a process that includes evaluation, selection and mentoring of the finalists for presentation to the jury.

The finalists

K-Ryole has developed a smart electric trailer, which hitches behind a bike and can move up to 250 kg without any effort.

Tryon offers a modular and customizable micro-methanisation solution that transforms biowaste into biogas, natural fertilizer and clean water.

CWS (Computed Wing Sail) has imagined an innovative wing type sail, invertible and affalable. In addition to the engines on transport vessels, it would reduce the fuel consumption and thus the environmental footprint of maritime transport.

Fludis relies on river transport to offer a low-carbon logistics solution for the city center.

La Caverne renews urban agriculture by using unoccupied underground car parks to bio-grow mushrooms, chicory and young shoots.

And the winner is ...

K-Ryole won the Grand Prix in the Energy and Mobility category. In addition to the visibility that this price brings him, a check of 12000 € was given to this startup in full development which aims to have 500 carriages in service in 2019.

For Jean-Michel Reynaud, the Grand Prix are every year an opportunity to meet startups who can bring innovative solutions to the Group. And for start-ups, mentoring, visibility and relationships with the Grand Prix partners are valuable.

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