Tuesday June 7 was a full-on day for ENGIE Innovation Week. Calls for projects, startup pitches, conferences... And the Innovation Award presentation ceremony as the high point!
"The energy revolution is a story of reinvention: technological reinvention, the reinvention of business models and the reinvention of our customer approach. (…) Innovation is everywhere, outside and inside the company, and at grassroots level, thanks to the talent and inventiveness of our 155,000 colleagues." Isabelle Kocher speaking at the Innovation Awards presentation ceremony.
In Paris, around 70 innovative projects developed by Group employees were presented. Economist Erik Orsenna also chaired a round table session to discuss 'the new age of renewables.' The real stars of the show were undoubtedly the startups themselves: a 'fundtruck' provided innovators with the opportunity to present their projects to attract funding.
Other French cities, including Calais, Dijon and Châlons-en-Champagne, were also central to the event. ENGIE Cofely was in Amiens to showcase its innovative solutions that combine company performance with the energy transition. In Toulon, an open innovation meeting was hosted in the Maison du Numérique et de l’Innovation.
In San Francisco, a series of meetings and conferences were held to discuss smart city technologies. On the US East Coast, it was pitch day at Greentown Labs in Boston.
In the UK, Leeds hosted a round table discussion on energy storage.
The ceremony was definitely the high point of the day. ENGIE CEO Isabelle Kocher was on hand to present awards to the leaders of the most innovative projects submitted for this second Innovation Week. This year saw the submission of no fewer than 580 projects developed and promoted by 2,500 employees from 62 countries. The fifteen winners include: