FAQs

  • What is PowerUp!

    PowerUp! 2019 is the fifth edition of the biggest competition for start-ups and energy industry entrepreneurs from Central-Eastern Europe. Participants have the chance to compete for a main prize of 50 000€ and the opportunity to develop their business on a global scale.

  • Who can apply for PowerUp!?

    PowerUp! is open to start-ups from 24 CEE countries which are working on solutions related to energy, mobility, clean air, heating, smart cities or cleantech. Companies need to have a dedicated team, secured IP and offer products and/or services that are no more than two years to market.

  • Can I apply in my native language?

    Unfortunately not, the application form and all other information has to be submitted in English.

  • Why should I take part in this competition?

    Access to mentoring and substantial support from leading energy companies – these priceless benefits are only available to participants of PowerUp! by InnoEnergy. Winners can not only count on financial rewards but also access to the prestigious Highway® accelerator, transforming ideas and projects into a market reality.

  • What is Highway®?

    The Highway® accelerator aims to develop start-up projects and adapt them to the European market. Those who join the program can expect support within a wide range of topics from legal and IP protection, to pitch deck design, to agile methodology, and more. Other benefits include accessing international clients, as well as financial investment up to 150 000€.

  • What makes the difference between this competition and others?

    Thanks to InnoEnergy's support and access to the Highway® accelerator, participants have a real chance to commercialize their projects. PowerUp! is also the biggest energy start-up competition in this part of Europe.

  • What happens to participants who qualify for the next stage of PowerUp! 2019?

    Start-ups that pass through the application stage will be invited to participate in bootcamps run by recognized European business mentors. These workshops will prepare participants for the national finals and the Grand Final, in which they will present their ideas to experts. The winner will be selected on 21 May in Krakow during Impact'19 - one of the most important economic events in Central and Eastern Europe.

  • How many participants qualify for the Country Bootcamps and Gala?

    The jury is free to choose projects that meet the criteria and have a chance of being implemented.

  • How can I apply to PowerUp!?

    To participate in the contest, you need to submit your application using the form available on-line at https://powerup.innoenergy.com.

  • Can I save a draft of my application?

    You can save a draft if you don’t have enough time to fill the whole application and come back later. Please pay attention to submission deadline.

  • How can I access my draft application?

    If you have saved your submission as a draft, when you need to submit it, please log in to the PowerUp platform, click on your name on the top right corner of the header and select My Submission. You will be able to edit and send your submission by clicking on edit and filling in the application form. 

  • What is the deadline for submitting applications?

    The deadline for registration is 11 March 2019.