Founded in January, 6, 1973 by Francisco Pinto Balsemão, Expresso has, over the years, become one of the reference newspapers in the Portuguese media landscape. The focus in innovation has always been in the newspaper’s DNA and the involvement with the then emerging entrepreneurship ecosystem in 2012 was a natural step, resulting in the launching of Energia de Portugal. EDP was the chosen partner and the figures account for the strength of this bet: Thousands of applications, many hundreds of participants, 130 business ideas accelerated and 24 bootcamps. Obviously these data don’t tell the whole thing, but they are a good starting point to be acquainted with the story of Energia de Portugal over the four last years, with the support of FЗbrica de Startups. Since the official beginning of the competition in January 29th 2012, the adherence of the entrepreneurial community has been quite big. We received more than 1600 applications to be one of the 50 original teams. The first victory was granted to Ostra Lusa, which presented an innovative concept of Portuguese oyster farming in offshore platforms. As for the second edition, in 2013, the big novelty was the offer of a monetary prize to the five first places, the winner team being awarded €25 thousand. The winners were the BetApp, which presented a project of a social network for bets among friends. 2014 marked the third year of the competition and the one that introduced more new procedures into the layout of the two first editions. There was a clear investment in internationalization, with the inclusion of four Brazilian teams and a Chinese one, and the number of selected teams was reduced from 50 to 15. The winners eventually came from the other side of the Atlantic, with the project Me Passa AТ!, an impressive remote education platform for university students. There was still room for another distinction awarded by EDP — the Energia award — that started by offering six months incubation in the program EDP Starter to the team that would present the best project in the energy sector. The Portuguese Pknoa, with an idea based upon collecting data from the users’ daily life to create customized statistics, was the one selected. In the 2015 edition, Mater Dynamics (a project focused on developing sensors to monitor products quality) was the winner, having received €20 000, while Thermosite (a platform that helps customers who have trouble finding air conditioning equipment installers) was given the Energia award, which could then lead to an investment from EDP that could go up to €50 thousand. And this year the story acquires new contours.

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