ENGIE calls for projects
As part of its commitment to developing innovative services and products that promote and facilitate the energy transition, ENGIE pursues a comprehensive policy of investment, startup incubation and interaction with local ecosystems. The Group is constantly searching for innovative solutions, and issues many calls for projects via its ENGIE Innovation platform.
ENGIE Innovation: a 360° commitment to turning good ideas into operational solutions
The aim of the Group's open innovation commitment is to give startups, entrepreneurs and project sponsors the opportunity to put forward their ideas and receive assistance from ENGIE and its energy and digital technology experts.
This commitment has four cornerstones, all of which are grouped together under the ENGIE Innovation banner:
- Investment in innovative projects external to the Group. ENGIE backs the talent and ideas of young startups, whose growth it supports via its €100 million ENGIE New Ventures investment fund. Tendril, Powerdale and Advanced Microgrid Solutions are just three of the startups that have benefited from its help
- Incubation of projects promoted by Group employees via the ENGIE Innovation platform. The first five startups to emerge from this program recently took off as fully-fledged businesses.
- Interaction by putting in place structures and events to promote innovation and facilitate knowledge sharing. Innovation Week, the annual startup competition held in partnership with Bonjour Idée, the hackathon organizer, and the energy industry innovation morning events, offer many opportunities to meet and interact
- Supporting innovative projects by giving entrepreneurs the opportunity to submit their ideas freely to the ENGIE Innovation platform and by issuing many calls for projects in key energy topics.
The ENGIE Innovations calls for projects
ENGIE regularly launches calls for projects in strategic areas of energy:
- Decentralized energy generation
- Smart homes
- The cities of tomorrow and urban mobility
- Digital control of energy efficiency
- Other areas of expertise in a broader context cover projects in many different categories
Selected by a panel of expert judges, the winning startups are supported in their growth by the Group, giving them the opportunity to see their solutions become a reality in the market.
In partnership with ENGIE, the FNAC DARTY start-up awards are seeking innovative solutions for new user habits from professionals working with smart devices for the home. Several start-ups will receive an award. What’s in it for them? A chance to meet sector experts, feature in media coverage of the event, and even bring their solution to market.
Deadline for entries: 15 September 2017.
ENGIE is issuing a call for projects to turn Béthune, a city in northern France, into a Smart City. In early 2015, Béthune’s mayor launched the “Cap 2020: bien dans ma ville, bien dans ma vie!” initiative to improve every aspect of the city. As part of this, the Group is seeking proposals designed to have a positive impact in varied fields, such as housing and the environment, as well as food and energy, transport and mobility, education and employment, health and well-being, leisure culture, and charity and community action.
Deadline for proposals: 12 September 2017.
ENGIE France Networks is looking for innovative solutions that will contribute to the continuous improvement of the quality of services provided to residential, commercial and industrial customers. These solutions will seek to develop operational, commercial and economic synergies from energy network convergence (heating, cooling, electricity, gas, water, sanitation, etc.) at district and urban scales. The potential for network flexibility presents excellent opportunities for greater integration of renewable energy sources in the energy infrastructure of a given geographical area.
Deadline for submissions: September 11, 2017.