IREN: Inviting applications for ‘IREN Startup Award’ to find startups and technology companies that aim at revolutionizing the utilities sector.

Funding brief: IREN, a top player among Italian multi-utilities, is seeking startups and technology companies that aim at revolutionizing the utilities sector for the second edition of its Startup Award, powered by Intesa Sanpaolo’s international acceleration program StartUp Initiative.

This year IREN is launching IREN UP, the new Corporate Venture Capital instrument that will provide investments up to EUR 2 million for high potential technology initiatives. All startups applying for the competition, will enter automatically into the IREN UP deal flow.

This year the competition envisages two categories with two distinct awards and an additional special prize
1. SEED CATEGORY: all startups or university spin-offs that have developed a technology or a product, even in prototype form, or have filed a patent, can participate.
2. GROWTH CATEGORY: all startups or SMEs with innovative solutions that have previously carried out a seed investment round or post-revenue tech

Solution spaces addressed by this call include:
● Energy (power generation, district heating, energy management)
● Water (distribution networks, purification & treatment)
● Waste (management, treatment, circular economy)
● Utility Networks (operations and maintenance, metering and billing, smart grids)
● Mobility (e-mobility, mobility as a service, sharing, vehicle-to-X, etc.)
● Value Added Services (customer engagement, marketing, new services, support to public administration)

When completing the application form, please indicate in the field “Short description of your startup/business idea”, in addition to your business description, whether you are applying for the SEED or GROWTH category.

Applications will be reviewed and screened by the organizers on the basis of six key drivers:
● Team (complementary skills, commitment and own resources, ability to involve relevant advisors)
● Market opportunity (addressable market size and growth projections, go-to-market, competitive landscape)
● Product (need you are solving, design and innovation, competitive advantages, development stage)
● Defensibility (barriers to entry such as IP if applicable, otherwise time-to-market and traction)
● Economics (5-year plan with robust assumptions, use of funds raised, ROI strategy)
● Fit with IREN’s strategy (to learn more about our business units visit https://www.gruppoiren.it/attivita)

The program is structured as follows:
● Sep 27-28 – Boot Camp (Torino): admitted startups will receive two full days of investor readiness and business development coaching delivered by experienced angel investor from California and a tech M&A veteran. One-to-one remote coaching sessions will be scheduled in the following weeks.
● Oct 16 – Deal Line-Up (Parma): startups will pitch to a panel of experts, who will provide structured feedback and select the finalists to move forward with the program.
● Oct 29 – Arena Meeting (Genova): the startups selected at the Deal Line-Up will have 10 minutes to pitch their project to a targeted audience of IREN executives looking for Open Innovation opportunities, on the backdrop of the prestigious Festival della Scienza.

The program is free of charge; selected companies will need to cover their own travel and accommodation.

By applying you allow the organizers to film the program’s activities, and use your image in promotional footage.

Donor Name: IREN
Funding name: IREN Startup Award

Deadline: Interested entrepreneurs can apply no later than September, 9th, 2018

Funding details link: Click to view

Funding limit:
● For the winning startup of SEED category:
 Prize/sponsorship of EUR 15.000
 One month customized acceleration program (with non-continuous presence) in collaboration with IREN and key players of the Cleantech ecosystem.

● 
For the winning startup/SME of GROWTH category:
 Prize/sponsorship of EUR 15.000
 Partnership Program: one month customized program (with non-continuous presence) aimed at preparing and structuring a partnership proposal that can be implemented with IREN.

● 2018 SPECIAL PRIZE
 For the best startup in the “mobility” field: prize/sponsorship of EUR 10.000

Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.

Project start date: Not found
Project duration: Not found

Eligible organization: As below

Eligibility:
● IREN, a top player among Italian multi-utilities, is seeking startups and technology companies.

Eligible Country: No country bar found (Open to all regions)

Submission mail: Not found

Other important link:
● Apply:Click to view
● Guideline: Click to view

How to apply: Interested entrepreneurs can apply by visiting www.gruppoiren.it/startupaward and submitting a business plan or executive summary of their project.

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