Calling the most innovative sustainable energy start-ups!

Applications are now closed. Stay tuned for updates.

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 want to find, reward and develop the best and most innovative ideas around sustainable energy from across the globe.

The energy transition drives need for global call

EIT InnoEnergy is delighted to announce that the preliminary results from the Global Call 2019 are in. Five hundred applications were received from 65 countries, including the USA, India, UK, Germany and France.

Previously, only focused on Electrical Storage, this was the first year that the call has been open to several areas within sustainable energy.

Last year, following an overwhelming response, two grand winners received €100,000 cash prizes for innovative solutions in the global call for electrical storage start-ups!

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 in Barcelona.



What is in it for you?

InnoEnergy is a trusted innovation ecosystem and offer value added services and investment opportunities, ranging from seed to growth capital. Partnering with InnoEnergy for your sustainable energy solution represents an incredible opportunity for innovative start-ups to grow their company to a global success. We’ll support the 20 best start-ups with a tailored programme to help make your idea happen. That might 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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Professionalise your company

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

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

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€100,000 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 step up the plate 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

Assessment committee

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Early April 2020 in Amsterdam

Pitching finals event

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Barcelona with the top 20 finalists – temporarily postponed

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. 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.

Simply fill out the application form before the closing date, 19 December 2019.

Applications can be received up to and including 19 December 2019.

The best idea will win €100,000. The 15 best 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 in completing application feel free to click the button below and send us a message.