The 2022 Program

Applications are now closed

Free Electrons is with you, now and into the future – come on this journey with us!

Now in its 6th 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.


2022 Program

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    Open worldwide

    Closing April 25

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    Palo Alto (virtual event)

    w/c May 23rd - 3 days

    Selected startups will showcase their solutions and their teams through a fast-paced pitch event. In the weeks following utilities and startups will meet one on one to discuss potential pilots and define road maps. Startups moving forward in the program will be announced in July 2022.

    Post Bootcamp:

    Preliminary discussions, Define roadmaps, Pilot and project scoping.

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    w/c 26th July - 3 days

    The Master Module focuses on matching solutions with concrete challenges to outline a collaborative roadmap for the first pilots/projects between startup and utility. Through further one-on-one meetings, project scope commences, 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, project scoping, Guidance and development with mentors and open innovation partner (Beta-i).

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    w/c 17th October - 3 days

    The Final Module of the 2022 edition focuses on firming up 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.

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Bootcamp Participants

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 2022 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!




Got more questions?

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

Get in touch with Free Electrons by visiting the contact page.