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Meet the winners of PowerUp! 2019

Danubia NanoTech, Atlant 3D and V-Chiller are the winners of the fifth edition of PowerUp! - the biggest competition for start-ups from Central-Eastern Europe. Read more

Timeline for PowerUp! 2019

2018 in numbers

Thematic Areas

Energy for circular economy
  • Waste management (waste-to-energy, waste-to-fuels) and recycling efficiency solutions
  • Solutions for air pollution
  • Biomass conversion technologies (power, heat, biofuels, co-generation, pre-treatment)
  • Alternative fuels (eg. biogas, SNG, hydrogen, methanol, DME, ect. )
  • E-fuels (power-to-X)
  • Power to heat solutions
  • Carbon capture and utilisation
  • Energy and resources focused agritech
Smart technologies
  • Smart city solutions
  • Smart public transportations solutions
  • Energy technologies for building retrofits
  • Smart buildings
  • Smart heating grid and digitalization of heating infrastructure and services
  • IoT
  • Big Data and AI/ machine learning solutions for the energy sector
  • Energy blockchain applications
  • Cybersecurity
  • Predictive maintenance
  • Smart electric grid
Energy storage
  • Energy Storage Systems (ESS) for commercial use
  • Mobility Storage system
  • New chemistry and cell designs
  • Software and hardware for storage systems management
  • Heat storage systems
  • Storage systems recycling and second-life
Energy from renewable sources*
  • Photovoltaics
  • Solar termal
  • Offshore and onshore wind power
  • Ocean energy
Energy efficency
  • Energy management solutions and systems
  • Energy recovery solutions
  • Waste heat valorization
EV infrastructure
  • Battery electric vehicles
  • Vehicle-to-grid technologies
  • Battery-swapping solutions
  • Charging stations for supply of electric energy to EVs
  • Plug and play charging solutions
  • Private & public transportation

We are very pleased to see companies from outside the energy sector, such as electromobility or smart cities. The competition is developing in the same direction as RAFAKO. We are looking to expand our activity beyond the energy sector, searching for opportunities that diversify revenue.

Agnieszka Wasilewska-Semail

Vice President of the Board

PowerUp! feeds us with fresh ideas and solutions from all over the region. We are proud to be a partner of the event for the second time. As we continue to transform our company, our strategy is to engage with start-ups through these types of competitions.

Zsolt Winkler

Head of the Open Innovation Hub
MOL Group

See you this year in Kraków, Poland for the Grand Final


2018 in numbers





Grand Final attendees


media partners


participating countries


Regional finals




main prizes


Global Partners


Alex Hunter

One of the founding members of the Virgin America airlines

(Grand Final 2018)

Jonas Kjellberg

Co-Creator of Skype and Venture Investor

(Grand Final 2017)

Jason Saltzman

CEO and Founder of Alley

(Grand Final 2016)

Ernő Duda

a serial entrepreneur and biotechnology expert

(Grand Final 2015)

Tomasz Czapliński

expert in due diligence, business model development

(Grand Final 2015)

The challenge is big, but our goal is simple: to achieve an energy future for Europe. Innovation is the answer. New ideas, products and solutions that make a real difference, new businesses and new people to deliver them to market. At InnoEnergy we support and invest in innovation at every stage of the journey – from classroom to customers. With our network of partners we build connections across Europe, bringing together inventors and industry, entrepreneurs and markets, graduates and employers, researchers and businesses.