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PowerUp Competition 2018

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Who can apply?

PowerUp! is a competition for energy, cleantech, mobility, cybersecurity and smart city start-ups with financial awards up to €30,000 and an opportunity of €150,000 investment!

PowerUp! is open to start-ups from 24 countries:
Bulgaria, Albania, Croatia, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, The Czech Republic, Estonia, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Greece, Georgia, Hungary, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Latvia, Serbia, Lithuania, Turkey, Ukraine, Poland, Cyprus, Slovakia, Slovenia and Romania

if you have

  • a new product or service with maximum time to market of 2 years
  • A dedicated team
  • A secured IP

...and an ambitious plan to become

a global company – apply to PowerUp!

how does it work?

If you have an innovative project related to energy, mobility, cleantech, smart city, cybersecurity, tackling smog or any other area where new sustainable solutions are needed, apply to the competition.

If you are not sure whether your project matches our requirements – contact us by sending an e-mail to

stage iApplications

On March 1st, 2018, applications to the next edition of the competition will open on

Projects will be accepted until April 19th, 2018.

The form has to be submitted in English.

stage iibootcamps & country finals

Participants qualified for the next stage are invited to the Country Final preceded by the two-days Bootcamp - a series of business coaching and pitch training workshops. The best project chosen at the Country Final moves on to the final stage of the competition.

stage iiigrand final’s bootcamps & grand final

The best start-ups chosen at the Country Finals meet in Prague for the Grand Final of the competition. Before the Grand Final, a two-day Bootcamp lead by an international team of top-notch business mentors, pitching coaches, and public speaking experts is organized during which teams polish their business models and presentation skills.

To take part in the competition, you have to submit a project via the application form.

about innoenergy

At InnoEnergy we support and invest in innovation at every step of the journey – from the classroom through to the lab and start-ups working with end-customers. With our network of partners, we have built connections across Europe and are bringing together inventors and industry, graduates and employers, researchers and entrepreneurs, businesses and markets.

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