Enel Focus On, the San Francisco lesson

Published on Thursday, 30 March 2017

“For a company, an ecosystem is a magnet of talents. Talents, in turn, bring their creative obsession to the company. And obsession is the vital factor to produce innovation”

– Chris Anderson, CEO 3D Robotics

The keyword is opening. And it inspires Open Power, the vision behind Enel's development strategy which - as explained at Enel Focus On by Ryan O'Keeffe, the Group’s Director of Communications  - is based on five different pillars: “Open energy to more people, open energy to new technologies, open up new ways of managing energy for people, open up new users for energy and open up to more partnerships". 

“It is impossible to think that the Open Power strategy can be pursued without opening the doors of the company to the best talents available in the world today”

– Ryan O'Keeffe, Enel Director of Communications

Because “the brightest minds never work for you,” stressed Chris Anderson, “and therefore you must look for them outside your company. And the best way to do this is to create a platform to know them, to make yourself known, and to draw talents and creativity to you. This is precisely what Enel is doing with its Innovation Hub”.

According to Jonathan Salem Baskin, an innovation expert among the participants at the round table, “Enel is showing that it has a unique approach to the issue of innovation. It is a concept which is easy to discuss, but putting it into practice is quite another thing. So, Enel is pursuing it by doing the hard work, so to speak, which is not only to be open to new ideas, but also to develop them, making them become reality, products, and tangible objects, and finally finding a market for them".

At the end of the debate Ernesto Ciorra, Director of Innovation and Sustainability at Enel, stated, “Over the last two years, we have selected more than 1500 start-ups around the world. With 280 of these, we have started an industrial development plan, and with 80 we have implemented just as many projects for products or services. Each of those projects has been an important step along the path of innovation. In some cases, a giant step that we would not have been able to make alone".