Call for

Electrical Storage Start-ups

To identify the best up-and-coming electrical storage solutions in the world, InnoEnergy launched a call last year with great success, receiving over 220 applications!

The 31 finalists will pitch in front of a high-profile jury to bid to become one of the top 15 winners  and  compete for the final grand prize of €100,000.


On 21 March, the top start-ups in electrical storage will gather at Amsterdam’s historic Beurs van Berlage to pitch their solutions. This is an invitation-only event where attendees from industry and investors can gain access to the most innovative start-ups covering electrical storage applications in e-mobility and transportation, energy storage systems, and general industry.

When: 21 March
Where: Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam
What to expect: Networking, exhibition featuring the best start-ups, pitching sessions, celebration party

Please note this is an invitation only event but if you feel that your participation should be considered, contact us.

13:30 – 15:00: Registration, networking and light lunch
15:00 – 16:15: Opening speeches and Part 1 of start-up’s pitches
16:15 – 17:00: Networking, exhibition and coffee break
17:00 – 18:30: Part 2 of start-up pitches and winner of €100,000 announced
18:30 – 20:30: Celebration cocktails and buffet dinner

Please note this is an invitation only event but if you feel that your participation should be considered, contact us.


Amsterdam Conference Centre Beurs van Berlage is located in the centre of Amsterdam, on the Damrak, Oude Brugsteeg and Beursstraat, directly facing Amsterdam Central Station, at a short distance of highways and Schiphol airport.

From Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, you can reach Amsterdam Conference Centre Beurs van Berlage by train
or taxi. The trains leave four times every hour and the journey takes about fifteen minutes. When you arrive at Amsterdam Centraal Station by train or by tram, Beurs van Berlage is 300 metres away, about a five minute walk. You can see Beurs van Berlage on the Damrak in front of you when you leave the Central Station along the Stationsplein (Station square) and head out towards the Dam from there.

Beurs van Berlage
Damrak 243
1012 JN Amsterdam

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A high-profile jury of key representatives from the energy storage field will select the 15 winners, and one grand prize winner will be chosen and receive the 100,000€ grand prize.

Confirmed jury members include:

Akira Yoshino, inventor of the lithium-ion battery
Edel Sheridan, world-renowned researcher on electrochemical systems and batteries
Werner Tillmetz, served in several executive management activities in the German electrochemical
Bo Normark, InnoEnergy, Thematic field leader for energy storage
Matthias Machnig, Head of Industrial Strategy of InnoEnergy, former German Federal Minister for
Economic Affairs and Energy

This will be updated as more jury members are

Finalist Global Call Electrical Storage

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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