Newsletter December 2019

Christina Marchand

As the year winds down, there is no slowing of activity in the energy and environment startup space! Check out the newsletter below for six opportunities to keep growing your startup into 2020.

On our side, another successful Energy Startup Day has passed (check out the first interview in the series of showcased startups here). And we will soon be releasing our Innovation Monitor yearly report for 2019 in a beautiful visual presentation to show you insightful trends from our database and research. For all our updates, you can always check out our news log on the Innovation Monitor website.

In this newsletter, you can find
Accelerators & Awards:
• Call for early-stage startups in Circular Economy - apply by 15 December 2019
• Startup Energy Transition (SET) Award - apply by 15 January 2020
• xplor Startup Competition - register by 28 February 2020

• Energy Day @ ETH - 10 December 2019 in Zurich
• Energy Hackdays - 6-7 March 2020 in Brugg

Ecosystem news:
• Inspiration from startups against climate change
• European observatory survey of cleantech startups - complete the survey by 9 December 2019

Call for early-stage startups in Circular Economy
The Impact Hub Switzerland initiative "Circular Economy Transition" has launched the 2nd edition of the Circular Economy Incubator. During the 3-month programme, selected entrepreneurs work on developing their minimum viable product (MVP) and validating their business model. Apply here by December 15.

Startup Energy Transition (SET) Award
The Startup Energy Transition (SET) Award is a global competition that identifies the most promising startups worldwide working on ideas affecting global energy transition and climate change. The SET Award is accepting applications in 5 categories until 15.01.20! Apply for your chance to pitch in Berlin at the SET Tech Festival on 24.03.20, get featured as a top global start-up with the World Energy Council, win prize money, and more! Previous applicants are highly encouraged to apply again.

xplor Startup Competition
The xplor Startup Competition is the largest energy startup competition in Switzerland and brings together the most outstanding startups with the most important stakeholders in the energy sector. The winners will be invited to present their innovations at their own booth in the xplor Startup Village during the Powertage 2020 (June 16 –18, 2020) and to pitch their ventures in the xplor Speakers’ Corner. Find out more and register before 28 February here.

Energy Day @ ETH
The Energy Science Center (ESC) is hosting this year’s Energy Day @ ETH on Tuesday, 10 December 2019 on the topic of “Klimaneutrale Energiesysteme bis 2050 – (k)ein Problem oder (k)eine Chance?” (in German). The one-day conference includes focus dialogues on mobility and electricity supply as well as a symposium with input presentations and a panel discussion. Register by Thursday, 5 December.

Energy Hackdays
For the next edition of the Energy Hackdays, on March 6-7 2020 in Brugg, our partners - energy companies, public administrations and further relevant institutions - will provide exciting new datasets to improve sources, distribution networks and consumer scenarios. Challenges from startups as input to the participants are welcome! Register here to participate.

Inspiration from startups against climate change
And for a little bit of optimism about climate change, read about three innovative European startups that have been able to respond to some of the challenges posed by climate change.

European observatory survey on cleantech start-ups
Carried out by CleantechAlps and InnoEnergy, this European study focuses on the dynamics of young companies in the energy transition (innovations, business models, impact on employment, etc.) and the importance of the ecosystem. Answering will only take you few minutes and you will get, as a result, a comparison of your company with the European startups interviewed in parallel by InnoEnergy and its partners. Please respond to the survey here by 9 December 2019.

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