January 4 - March 29
Post applications opening:
Preliminary discussions, Pilot and project scoping.
May 24 - May 27
Selected startups 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 modules.
Preliminary discussions, Define roadmaps, Pilot and project scoping
June 21 - June 24
The Master Module 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 Master Module:
Refine, Pilot and project scoping, Guidance and development with mentors and open innovation partner (Beta-i).
Mini Module 1
July 28 & July 29
The mini modules will still have sessions, they will just be shorter so we should share the purpose.
Startups and utilities continue to collaborate to refine the scope of potential pilot projects, commercial transactions and/or investment contracts. At each mini module, startups are given the opportunity to present on progress made, develop a deeper understanding of utility needs, ideate new approaches, overcome obstacles. And networking, of course!
Post Mini Module:
Guidance and development with mentors and open innovation partners (Beta-i)
Mini Module 2
September 23 & September 24
This is the second mini module. At each mini module, startups are given the opportunity to present on progress made, develop a deeper understanding of utility needs, ideate new approaches, overcome obstacles. And networking, of course!
Post Mini Module:
Guidance and development with mentors and open innovation partners (Beta-i), Pivot, Scaling and Growth.
November 9 - November 11
The Final Module of the 2021 edition 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 this module. A final pitch event and an award ceremony before the Free Electrons consortium, guests and representatives of the local innovation ecosystem will take place.
The 2021 Program
Applications are closed
Free Electrons is with you, now and into the future – come on this journey with us!
Now in its 5th edition, Free Electrons, the ultimate energy innovation program, offers a diverse range of opportunities for startups and utilities. Selected startups will work alongside major energy utilities in a series of modules held physically and digitally across the globe*. No two journeys will be alike, with partnership opportunities forming all the time – what will the Free Electrons journey look like for you?
Applications for Free Electrons 2021 are now closed. But you can already pre-register to apply for the 2022 edition, and we’ll let you know once applications are open again.
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