Call for

Electrical Storage Start-ups

Got a brilliant innovation idea in the electrical storage area, and want to take it to market or scale-up? You could win €100,000 as well as investment and business support to grow your business from the world’s biggest sustainable player backed by a trusted ecosystem.


Your idea should have applications in any of the following areas:

e-Mobility and transportation

Covering all transport modes – roads, waterborne transport, aeronautics and rail transport

Energy storage systems

For the grid and at home, distributed storage as well as large scale storage. The integration and utilization of mobile storage into solutions for supporting the grid.

General industry

Wherever industry is electrifying to boost energy efficiency and emissions reduction.

Significant growth in electrification drives need for global call

Demand for electrical storage is rapidly increasing. EIT InnoEnergy plays a pivotal role within the European Battery Alliance, together with 120 stakeholders in the battery ecosystem. It aims to create a competitive and sustainable battery cell manufacturing value chain in Europe.

That’s why we want to find, reward and develop the best and most innovative ideas around electrical storage from across the globe.

What's in it for you

It’s an exciting time due to electrification growth, and InnoEnergy is at the heart of the market. We are a trusted innovation ecosystem and offer value added services and investment opportunities, ranging from seed to growth capital. Partnering with InnoEnergy in the field of electrical storage represents an incredible opportunity for innovative start-ups to grow their company to a global success.

We’ll support the 15 best start-ups with a tailored programme to help make your idea happen. That might include technology development, market access and development; team creation or funding access. Plus, the best start-up will win €100.000.

What we’re looking for

We want to see start-ups based on innovative technology or business models in the electrical storage area, including electric batteries and/or supercapacitors, and their ancillary devices, whether based on hardware or software.

Your idea should offer competitive advantages in, for example: power density, weight, form factor, environmental impact, production cost, charging, supply, operation and maintenance, health and safety, or recycling.

And your idea should have applications in any of the following areas:


Anyone with a great idea can enter: established start-ups or those ready to get going. We will use the following criteria:

Idea – Have you developed a technological solution that meets a critical need in the market?

Impact –  Is your technology a game changer? Tell us about it and let us know how it will change the rules of the market.

Team –  Do you have that winning team that is able to step up the plate on the road to success? Together with our coaches we can help you grow!

Business –  Are you able to translate your technology into a sustainable and profitable business?

The path to success


End of the first assessment round

Applications evaluated, 50 highest scoring start-ups will be invited to the second stage.


Pitches uploaded

Those top 50 will upload a five-minute pitch and be assessed further by InnoEnergy experts. The 30 highest scoring ventures will then go forward to the third stage.


Pitching event

Top 30 will be invited to attend the pitching event in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, in person or via the web. 15 winners will be selected.


Celebration event

15 winners invited to the Celebration Event including final pitching event, where €100,000 will be given to the best start-up. All 15 winners offered participation in the InnoEnergy Highway or Boostway programme.

How to enter?

Simply fill out the application form, before the closing date, 15 November 2018.


Get your questions answered

Anyone with a great idea and the drive to carry it forward. We’d love to hear from you if you’re an established start-up, or if you’re ready to get going.

That’s not a problem. InnoEnergy will support you with the creation of a subsidiary in Europe which will give you access to the European market.

We’d love you to apply to our programmes. We’re constantly receiving and evaluating investment opportunities, and we’re always eager to hear about ideas and solutions that address sustainable energy.

We want to have the best people looking at your ideas. That’s why we’ve assembled a prestigious and world-renowned team of internal and external experts in electricity storage.

Simply fill out the application form before the closing date, 15 November  2018.

Due to high demand, applications have been extended until 15 November!

The best idea will win €100,000. The 15 best ideas will win a place on our business creation programmes, to help you bring your innovation to market or to scale up. Find out more about our programmes here.

Yes, you can. We want as many great ideas as possible.

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