EDP Open Innovation is an acceleration program for development of new business projects focused on technological innovation or business model innovation in the area of clean technologies in the energy sector. In partnership with Expresso, this program results from the alliance between Energia de Portugal and the EDP Innovation Awards (both running in Portugal and Brazil). Leveraging on this cross-border experience, this year it is time to open applications worldwide, with a selected jury from three EDP’s key geographies – Portugal, Spain and Brazil
Centralized and decentralized energy generation, distributed energy
Grid operations, load management solutions, energy management
Energy storage technologies and solutions, storage management and control
Data analytics, AI, automation, IoT, Industry 4.0, cybersecurity
Smart pricing and bundling, energy efficiency, increase electrification and energy access, new business models, e-mobility
28th June - 10th September 2018
During a 3-month period, start-ups are invited to apply to have their ideas and projects analysed and evaluated by an international jury. Teams must present what they commit to develop over the acceleration program. Ten teams worldwide will be selected to take part in the EDP Open Innovation, a four week acceleration program in Lisbon
12th September - 25th September 2018
An intensive selection period will take place in which experts from EDP, with the support of Beta-i, will analyse each application received to finally come out with a list of 10 startups
17th October - 29th October 2018
The practical part of the competition follows, in which the applicants will have to face an intensive 2-week acceleration program, in the headquarters of Beta-i, in Lisbon, where they will work in close collaboration with experts from EDP in the development of a pilot to be implemented. This is the time for startups to further develop projects and create solid and structured foundations for their businesses. The teams will be able to test their solutions in the real world, find competitors, define the target market and make their solutions viable
30th October 2018
Finally, the Demo Day takes place, where each team will have five minutes to present the whole work they developed to EDP, investors, and international startup community
@ Digital Global Unit
Digital Channels @ EDP Commercial
Development of International Projects @ EDP Production
Understand what taking the Expresso and EDP acceleration programme means for start-ups. In addition to the €50,000 prize
Being at the head of a start-up is an exercise that demands a lot from the founder, with potentially serious personal and professional costs if not addressed in the right way. But you can keep the equilibrium
An innovative incubation concept for startups in the energy sector. Much more than a physical space, EDP Starter is a networking enhancer, inside and outside of the EDP Group.
We live in the age of innovation in the energy sector. Renewable power has been growing significantly over the last decade and EDP has been a leader of this clean energy revolution.
Beta-i is an organization created to boost entrepreneurship, and its mission is to foster a true innovation culture. We help new and established businesses grow.
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.