Applications are now closed for Free Electrons 2018
Thank you to everyone who applied for Free Electrons 2018. In total, Free Electrons received over 500 applications, from 65 different countries around the globe.
Showcasing this global reach, the United States represented the highest number of applicants with a total of 84 start-ups , while Ireland and the UK are represented by more than 35 start-ups. Delving down into the categories of applications, 22% of start-ups who applied have solutions in Clean Energy, 15% are focused on IoT & Digitisation, while 12% are dedicated to Energy Efficiency, representing great diversification across the categories.
The next stage in the process is to select the 30 best start-ups, who will then be invited to Portugal to pitch to the eight utilities, before being whittled down to the final 12 start-ups who will particpate in Free Electrons 2018.
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.
Who is part of the Free Electrons Accelerator Programme?
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: