Free Electrons Accelerator Programme, 2018

Free Electrons is back! After a very successful first year, ESB and seven other worldwide utilities are launching the second start-up accelerator programme. We are looking for the next wave of energy start-ups to collaborate with utilities from around the world to develop solutions in clean energy, energy efficiency, e-mobility, digitization, and on-demand customer services. ESB, a founding member of the Free Electrons Accelerator Programme, is looking to recruit 12 start-ups to join the 2018 programme.

Join an Elite Network with access to 73 Million Customers

Joining the programme gives start-ups direct access to a network of utility giants that will help them to further refine their products and services, with the potential of testing and selling to a global customer base of 73 million across 40 countries. Free Electrons offers expertise, resources and access to their customer base in exchange for mentoring, investment and partnership opportunities. The start-ups selected for the Free Electrons program will participate in acceleration modules in in Sydney, Berlin and Silicon Valley between April and October of 2018. 

Meet Start-ups from Free Electrons, 2017

In January 2017, the utility partners began recruitment campaign searching for the most innovative energy start-ups from across the globe. Twelve months on from that process and the results speak for themselves. The overall winner, BeOn, is a Portuguese based company that sells integrated plug and play solar kits, was the overall winner, having signed several agreements with Member utilities and received the award of $175,000 USD.

Who is part of the Free Electrons  Accelerator Programme?‚Äč

Free Electrons is an alliance of energy accelerators and utilities that are committed to supporting energy entrepreneurs and start-ups to transform the energy market with next-generation ideas. Each of the utilities is committed to co-creating future energy solutions with these start-ups. The collaborative nature and spirit of the programme has brought together partnerships between all stakeholders and innovators of the programme and will continue as pilots mature into long-term contracts and investment. Free Electrons is once again backed by an international alliance of utilities: