The 2021 Program

Applications are open

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?

For any further questions on the application process, see our FAQs page or contact us.

To apply you will be redirected to the application form on f6s.com

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Startups immerse themselves in a global* innovation ecosystem

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. At Free Electrons we have a keen focus on learning and development – we want to help startups grow their business.

 

* The 2021 edition will be held digital to physical.
This means that each module (digital or physical) has a host destination, based on the Utilities’ country of origin. If/when it is possible to host a physical module, we will!

 

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2021 Program

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    Open worldwide

    January 4 - March 29

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

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    Dubai

    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.

    Post Bootcamp:
    Preliminary discussions, Define roadmaps, Pilot and project scoping

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    Melbourne

    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).

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    Lisbon

    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)

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    Hong Kong

    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.

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    Dublin

    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.