The Elia Group Innovation calls applications for the 2020 Open Innovation Challenge.
Elia Group has a large social responsibility to ensure that electricity reaches all outlets and to upgrade its infrastructure for a sustainable future. It is a forward-thinking company that is constantly working on maintaining and improving its infrastructure and way of working. The company has a clear ambition to use the agility and technology provided by start-ups to empower the business and services in order to reach its ambitious innovation goals.
The Open Innovation Challenge is an excellent opportunity for start-ups to work with a large energy company, in a program that helps the start-up succeed and walk away with an actual collaboration agreement after a successful and paid pilot project. Due to the increased visibility of start-ups, the previous editions of the competition have also led to collaborations between Elia Group and participating start-ups, who did not win.
Elia Group is looking for innovative and digital solutions to enhance the security of energy-related assets and data. Moreover, it encourages start-ups with new technologies to respond and to make the energy transition happen in a secure way. The Innovation Challenge is looking for start-up companies, with great ideas and digital technologies, to build a proof of concept, designed to improve the security of our assets and data, but also to increase the protection and respect of the privacy of the personnel, customers and other stakeholders.
The most promising start-ups will have the opportunity to meet Elia Group employees who work on innovation projects in the electricity sector on a daily basis for discussions on future collaboration. In addition to that, the first place gets a contract with Elia Group worth €20,000 to carry out a Proof of Concept.
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