Be part of the clean energy transition with Free Electrons

Free Electrons is the world’s largest open innovation program focused on bringing disruptive energy innovations to life.

Selected startups will work alongside leading energy utilities in a series of modules held physically and digitally around the globe. The program provides an accelerated path for startups to grow and develop their businesses, pilot solutions and facilitates investment opportunities.

Check out our 2024 program participants here


Program Overview

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    Closing January 31st 2024

    A Global Program with Global Ambitions
    Join Free Electrons as we set out to change the future of energy. Applications are OPEN 19th October 2023 – January 31st 2024


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    w/c March 12th

    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 May 2024.

    Post Pitch Event:

    Preliminary discussions, Define roadmaps, Pilot and project scoping

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    Madrid, Spain

    w/c May 27th

    The Bootcamp prioritises further understanding startup solutions with a focus matching solutions with concrete challenges to outline a collaborative roadmap for potential pilots/projects between startup and utility. Through further one-on-one meetings, project scope commences. 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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    Montreal, Canada

    w/c July 15th

    The Master Module focuses on working with mentors, experts 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 MM:
    Refine your scoping, receive guidance and development with mentors and innovation partner Beta-i.

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    Hamburg, Germany

    w/c October 14th

    The Final Module 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.

Why Apply?

Jumpstart your technology with Free Electrons

The program includes a series of modules held across the globe (physically and digitally), where startups work closely with The Utility Partners, local accelerators and mentors to refine their company’s solution and explore options to jumpstart their solution’s growth.

Each module is structured to facilitate ongoing conversations between startups and utilities to refine value propositions, seed pilot projects, and explore investment opportunities.

Free Electrons offers the chance for startups to:

  • Test Solutions

    Test your solution and identify product market fit with experts and mentors in the energy sector

  • Gain Insight

    Receive training & support, and attend sponsored travel events throughout the program


Tackling the World’s Energy Problems

We envision a future where smart, clean and accessible energy will transform every aspect of our lives and we’d like to join forces with startups to make this happen.

Free Electrons aims to address specific key challenges in the energy sector:

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  • Energy management and efficiency iconEnergy management and efficiency
  • Facility And Asset Management iconFacility And Asset Management
  • Next Generation Clean Energy iconNext Generation Clean Energy
  • Smarter Grid And Energy Communities iconSmarter Grid And Energy Communities
  • Sustainable Alternative Fuels And Carbon Management iconSustainable Alternative Fuels And Carbon Management
  • Transport & Industry Electrification iconTransport & Industry Electrification
  • Connectivity & Communication solutionsSolutions For B2b And B2c
Its quite important for our core strategy, to get in touch with The Utilities but it’s also quite important to meet with the other startups and companies to build our ecosystem.

Thorsten Heller

Greenbird Integration Technology
We think that Free Electrons is the best place for utility business development, having the opportunity to talk to 10 of the biggest utilities in the world – there is no other place that we can do that all at once so fast.

Tagg Jefferson

Talking to senior executives from the largest utilities around the world, developing close personal relationships and leveraging those to get real deals done.

Yoav Lurie

Simple Energy
We’ve connected into this amazing network of startup companies, we’ve also had the opportunity to meet some of the most innovative utilities in the world.

Sara Bell

Tempus Energy
We benefited mostly from the honesty and the candid answers that the utilities gave us.

Michael Shalyt

We have made great friends and we have developed a proposition that is now really answering a need and we understand the challenges the utilities are facing.

Louise Rogerson

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For specific questions on the application process, see our FAQs page or contact us directly.

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