The deadline is approaching for the second call of INCENSe (INternet Cleantech ENablers Spark), a programme for start-ups with green tech projects. The initiative - coordinated by Enel and Endesa, with the cooperation of the incubators Accelerace (Denmark) and Funding Box (Spain) - is promoted by the European Union with an overall budget of eight million euros, which will be awarded to the most interesting projects proposed by young companies.
The second call of the programme will help identify 28 Italian, European and Israeli start-ups. The selected companies will join the 14 winners of the first call, which ended in December 2014 and which was attended by more than 230 start-ups from 31 countries.
The selected start-ups will receive a non-refundable grant of up to 150,000 euros and will enter a six-month acceleration programme, supported by managers of Enel Group companies. The companies interested in participating in the INCENSe programme must submit their innovative ideas on the website: www.incense.accelerator.com. The projects must focus on energy efficiency, home automation, renewable energy, smart grids, energy storage, Advanced Diagnostic & Automation Solutions, e-Mobility, IT security or Digitalisation of Energy through ICT.
The deadline has been extended, but it is fast approaching: start-ups must submit their proposals by September 30th in order to receive the benefits and support that will allow them to make their dreams come true. ‘With the INCENSe programme we wish to attract the best start-ups in the energy sector, because good ideas have no hierarchy, place, nationality,’ explained Ernesto Ciorra, Enel’s Head of Innovation and Sustainability. ‘There are at least three good reasons to seize this opportunity: to obtain funding, the six-month acceleration programme and the possibility of innovating alongside a global company such as Enel, allowing start-ups to grow in terms of market and invoicing in the countries in which they operate‘.
The open innovation approach involves all of the Group’s companies. Enel Green Power has recently launched a public competition with a 10,000 euro prize, inviting start-ups and green tech companies to propose and submit solutions to facilitate the management of its plants worldwide, as well as the search for new resources. The topics of interest range from the use of drones and satellites to monitor plants, to PV panel cleaning and anti-icing systems for wind turbines, as well as new geophysical prospecting techniques. The deadline has been set for October 31st, 2015. Whoever wishes to participate can register and submit an innovative idea on the competition site. Proposals will be evaluated by a group of experts from Enel Green Power and selected by an internal jury by the end of 2015.