Almost 300 start-ups from 24 countries across the CEE region submitted their applications to the fifth edition of PowerUp. The competition, organised by InnoEnergy, provides a unique opportunity for ambitious businesses to secure financial backing and develop their ideas on a global scale. Here are the next finalists who moved to the final stage of PowerUp! – the Grand Final that will take place on 21 May 2019 in Krakow.
Green Charger, Winner of the Country Final in Bulgaria
A unified platform for seamless integration between the different electric vehicle charging station providers which enables identification methods like RFID cards and apps to work on each other's devices and redirects payments online. The B2B model enables charging with any card, anywhere, on the same basis as ATMs.
Smart Meter Anywhere, Winner of the Country Final in Greece
SMA is developing a low cost smart meters for off-grid applications in the developing world.
Ride Now, Winner of the Country Final in Czechia
A unique solution for commuters that connects drivers and passengers in real time with people who are travelling in the same direction. Using an algorithm based on both big and open data, they make ridesharing easier while as a bonus calculating the kilometers saved and reduced CO2 emissions for carpoolers.
We already know more than half of the teams who will compete in the Grand Final. Five more to go. We can’t wait to meet them!
InnoEnergy is a company investing in solutions in the area of energy, cleantech, mobility and broadly understood smart technologies. Through knowledge, financing and network of contacts, we support the commercialization of products and their introduction to international markets. InnoEnergy is present in 40 countries, where we cooperate with more than 430 partners – the largest industrial companies, leading research and academic centers and innovative entrepreneurs, investing about 100€ million annually in solutions that increase the competitiveness of our economy thanks to cleaner, better and more efficient technologies. InnoEnergy is supported by the EIT, a body of the European Union.
One of the most important InnoEnergy projects is the PowerUp! competition for start-ups in the energy and cleantech sectors in 24 countries of Central-Eastern Europe. Its winners receive cash prizes and the opportunity to participate in the prestigious Highway® program, which provides financial support up to 150 000€, assistance in building teams and access to foreign clients and investors.
By PowerUp! Team on in PowerUp! 2019