The 2020 Program

Startups immerse themselves in a global innovation ecosystem

The Free Electrons program consists of 4 one week long modules held across the globe over the course of one year.

During each module the Free Electrons community of experts including The Utilities, local accelerators and mentors support the startups to jump start their business during one-on-one meetings and structured group sessions.

Startups can refine their value proposition, trial and test technology and gain access to invaluable resources, advice and support from around the globe.


2020 Program

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    Open worldwide

    4th November 2019 - 31st January 2020

    Post applications opening:
    Preliminary discussions, Pilot and project scoping.

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    23rd – 27th March

    2020 Bootcamp is going digital! Free Electrons fosters innovation, entrepreneurship and promotes health & wellbeing, which is why we’ve planned a virtual experience for our 2020 Bootcamp participants. Finalists will showcase their solutions and their teams through a fast-paced pitch event and participate in intense one-on-one meetings with utilities. The closing of the Bootcamp will see successful startups go on to participate in the remaining three modules.

    Post Bootcamp:
    Preliminary discussions, Define road maps, Pilot and project scoping

    Meet the Startups

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    Digital (Sydney)

    1st – 4th June **

    Module one focuses on matching solutions with concrete challenges to outline a collaborative roadmap for the first pilots between startup and utility. Through further one-on-one meetings, pilot scope is clearly defined, and solutions are being contracted. Working with mentors and learning from successful case studies, participants will be given insight into the utility piloting process, advice on pitching to corporates and explore the inner workings of large corporations.

    Post Module 1:
    Refine, Pilot and project scoping, Guidance and development with mentors and open innovation partner (Beta-i).

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    Sao Paulo

    31st August – 3rd September **

    Startups and utilities continue to collaborate to refine the scope of more potential pilot projects, commercial transactions and/or investment contracts. At module two, startups are given the opportunity to present on progress made with their first pilots and ideate new approaches.

    Post Module 2:
    Pilot testing, Guidance and development with mentors and open innovation partners (Beta-i), Pivot, Scaling and growth

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    12th – 15th October **

    Module three focuses on concluding negotiations and defining projects for scaling and growth prospects. This is not the end – opportunities will continue to be developed outside of module three. A final pitch event and an award ceremony before the Free Electrons consortium, guests and representatives of the local innovation ecosystem will take place.

** All accommodation and travel costs covered by the program.

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