Brazilian imagination powers up innovation

Published on Thursday, September 1st 2016

“Energy Start is present in Chile as well as in Brazil and will soon be launched in other Latin American countries.”

To comply for Energy Start, 2.0 companies should already be working on solving an actual problem within a large market, should already have launched at least one product or developed a working prototype.

The startup selection process will run until the end of September and the winners will be allowed to become our partners or providers in that country. At the same time, Enel Brazil and ACE will partner with these companies.

Open and boundary-less innovation

The Ocean cleanup project, with the purpose of removing plastic waste from the oceans, is the brainchild of a 20-year old Dutchman. Saphonian, the first bladeless wind farm, was thought up by a young man from Malawi. In turn Liter of Light, featuring bottles turned into lamps, that we too are using in sustainability projects in Africa, was fathered by a Brazilian mechanic from Uberaba, in the state of Minas Gerais.

To seek out the most promising and revolutionary ideas one has to travel and search far afield, in order to find the single makers, the tiny start-ups or teams of innovators that come into being at every latitude.

“We firmly believe that innovative proposals from startups can respond to two needs: improve operational efficiency and develop new products”

– Luciano Tommasi, Head of Start Up Initiatives and Business Incubator at Enel

We believe in innovation and the figures of our work with 2.0 companies  show it. In a little more than two years we have launched 28 partnerships with the same number of startups, assessing 1200 of them, and set up 15 partnerships with investors, business accelerators and international programmes dedicated to innovation.