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EIT InnoEnergy Global Call for start-ups

New dates announced!

Assessment Committee – Online, 2-3 September | Global Call Finals – Online at TBB.Connect, 4 November

About the call

Demand for sustainable energy solutions is rapidly increasing. As a trusted partner and smart investor, EIT InnoEnergy plays a pivotal role in accelerating sustainable energy innovations and wants to help make your company a global success! That’s why we find, reward and develop the most innovative ideas in sustainable energy from around the globe.

An overwhelming response from start-ups around the world!

The results from the Global Call 2019/2020 are in! Five hundred applications were received from 84 countries, including the USA, UK, Germany and France.

Following an overwhelming response from the previous call, which focused on electrical storage and saw two winners receive €100,000, we have since opened the call to several areas within sustainable energy.

We wish everyone who made it to this year’s first round of pitching all the very best, and look forward to seeing the finalists on 4 November at TBB.Connect, the digital meeting point for the trusted sustainable energy ecosystem!



What is in it for you?

EIT InnoEnergy is a trusted innovation ecosystem and offers value added services and investment opportunities, ranging from seed to growth capital. Partnering with EIT InnoEnergy represents an incredible opportunity for innovative sustainable energy start-ups to grow their company to a global success. We’ll support the 15 best start-ups with a tailored programme, which could include technology development; market access and development; team creation or funding access. Plus, the best start-up will win €100,000!

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Expand your network

Tap into our global network of partners and high-level experts as mentors or as members of your Board of Directors.

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Increase your sales

With the support of our dedicated sales force, we can connect you with potential customers from our network and beyond.

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From the lab to the market, identification of clear target market, definition of solid business case; definition of marketing, sales and financing strategy.

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Our tailor-made services can be worth more than 500K€ in different phases.

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Capital investment

EIT InnoEnergy provides capital investment and works with you in the go-to-market and growth phases.

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For the winning application!


Anyone with a great idea can enter: established start-ups or those ready to get going. We use the following evaluation criteria: 

The global call for sustainable energy is looking for start-ups that

  • Idea – Have you developed a technological solution that meets a critical need in the market?
  • Impact –  Is your technology a game changer? Tell us about it and let us know how it will change the rules of the market.
  • Team –  Do you have that winning team that is able to get you on the road to success? Together with our coaches we can help you grow!
  • Business –  Are you able to translate your technology into a sustainable and profitable business?


Your idea should have applications in any of the following thematic areas:

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Energy for transport and mobility

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Energy storage

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Renewable energy

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Smart and efficient buildings and cities

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Energy efficiency

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Circular economy

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Smart electric grid

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Nuclear instrumentation 

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Any other sustainable energy innovation!


Application period

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Applications closed on 19 December 2019.

End of first assessment round

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24 January 2020

Global Call webinar

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Global Call webinar was held on 18 August 2020, online

Assessment committee

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2-3 September 2020, online

Pitching finals event

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Finalists will pitch on 4 November online at TBB.Connect

Check out the highlights from last year's global call for electrical storage start-ups!


Get your questions answered!

Anyone with a great idea and the drive to carry it forward. We’d love to hear from you if you’re an established start-up, or if you’re ready to get going.

That’s not a problem. EIT InnoEnergy will support you with the creation of a subsidiary in Europe which will give you access to the European market.

We want to have the best people looking at your ideas. That’s why we’ve assembled a prestigious and world-renowned team of internal and external experts in sustainable energy.

Applications for 2019 are closed. Please stay tuned for our next Global Call for start-ups.

The best idea will win €100,000. The top 15 ideas will win a place on our business creation programmes, to help you bring your innovation to market or to scale up. Find out more about our programmes here.

Yes, you can. We want as many great ideas as possible.

Contact us

If you have any questions or need help completing your application, feel free to click the button below and send us a message.