Enel Group, one of the world's largest private operators in the electricity and gas markets, has summarized the collection of applications based on RVC's corporate accelerator GenerationS.
Five projects took part in the Bootcamp on 18th November in Rome. The best startups to be selected by the Enel experts will get a chance to implement pilot projects at the company's facilities, as well as, if successful, the opportunity to scale their solution to the markets of the countries where the company operates.
The projects presented at the Bootcamp demonstrated their technological solutions to the management of Enel, as well as representatives of global business lines for thermal generation and renewable energy. Over 180 start-ups from Russia, Kazakhstan, Finland, the USA, Armenia, Singapore and other countries have submitted applications for participation in the program. Of these, 151 - have undergone an initial examination, after which 29 startups were presented to Enel experts who selected five finalist projects to participate in the final Bootcamp at Enel's head office in Rome:
"The selection was rich and very productive. We are impressed by the fact that we saw many interesting ideas, some of which will get to implementation. I want to note that Enel is the first international energy company to hold a joint competition with RVC. The selection results demonstrated that the Russian innovation ecosystem has a great future,", said the Head of the Innovation Centre of Enel in Russia Olga Maslova.
"The Enel technology search and selection project is unique to the Russian market. In most cases, foreign companies work only through the Russian representative office, in the case of Enel, the projects have a real opportunity to show their developments to the main customer - business lines at the head office in Rome. The teams that will be selected for the further launch of pilots will receive a unique experience of fast scaling upon successful completion of the project around the world", said Ekaterina Petrova, Managing Director of the corporate accelerator GeneratonS from RVC.
Enel and RVC launched a competition for the selection of technological projects back in June this year. To search for startups, Enel identified the following areas - thermal generation, green energy and sustainable development.
GenerationS is a platform for development of corporate innovations; it is the biggest Russian and CIS accelerator. It was organized by RVC in 2013. GenerationS realizes integrated programs on corporate development: in-house – for development of internal entrepreneurship; acceleration – on scouting and acceleration of external projects; international – on training of the employees in methods of building up and monitoring of innovations under the aegis of the corporations – world leaders.
At present, the accelerator infrastructure includes more than 15 000 start-ups from 30 countries, 400 corporate and ecosystem partners. In 2018, GenerationS became the first Russian accelerator accredited by the Global Accelerator Network (GAN) arranged by TechStars, and the best European corporate accelerator according to the Corporate Startup Summit. In 2019 GenerationS was selected in TOP-5 world public accelerators according to UBI Global.
Enel is an international energy company, one of the world's leading participants in the energy and gas markets, as well as in the market for renewable energy sources. The company has offices in more than 30 countries on 5 continents. In Russia, Enel owns 56.4% of Enel Russia PJSC, an energy generating company, and 49.5% of RUSENERGOSBYT LLC, an energy distribution company. Production branches of Enel Russia PJSC are: Konakovskaya TPP, Nevinnomysskaya TPP, Sredneuralskaya TPP, as well as three wind farms under construction.