Published on Tuesday, 14 July 2015

The most brilliant minds from Catalonia's universities have until September 25th to propose innovative ideas in the green energy and technology sector, in order to win a 3,000 euro scholarship.

In recent days, Endesa, a Spanish subsidiary of the Enel Group, launched the first edition of the "Las ideas se mueven" (Ideas on the Move) competition, in collaboration with the Fundación Universidad Empresa (FUE).  The initiative is aimed at students up to 26 years of age, who are enrolled in a university or vocational training centre in Catalonia. The objective is to encourage creativity and innovative ideas on the subject of electric energy, that are compatible with the current challenges of environmental and social sustainability.

Students who wish to participate may submit their ideas via the website  www.lasideassemueven.com. The proposals must be new and innovative projects related to energy efficiency, environmental protection, improvement of energy services, customer service quality and the increased demand for electricity as a primary energy source.

Once the ideas have been collected, the various proposals submitted by the "aspiring inventors" will be analysed. The students will have the opportunity to participate in a workshop to discuss their proposals with technicians and experts from the energy sector: a direct way to evaluate and improve the best ideas. Innovative and green-tech too the choice of holding these encounters in an electric vehicle, called Endesa Van.

In November, a jury of experts will select the best three projects, which will be rewarded during a ceremony at Endesa's offices in Barcelona.

The winner will receive 3,000 Euros and a STEP Professional scholarship, while the runner-up and third place students will receive 1,500 and 1,000 euros respectively. There will also be a recognition prize for the university or centre with the highest number of participating students.

Endesa is planning on extending the initiative to other universities in Madrid and throughout Andalusia. The competition "Las ideas se mueven" is part of a series of initiatives promoted by Endesa, aimed at attracting and retaining young "brains" in Spain. During 2013 and 2014, the company trained 774 students through a scholarship program and signed 565 internship contracts, 20 percent of which later became employment contracts with the company.