Dutch start-up Nerdalize wins €100,000 at innovation competition

Nerdalize have fun €100.000 in funding at DOEN Energie[s]topper, a new innovation competition in the field of energy saving, initiated by foundation DOEN it involves Dutch smart innovations to save energy without compromising on comfort.

On 11 March 2016 five finalists, of which 2 two Climate-KIC start-ups; Nerdalize and PowerWindow, were given three minutes to tell their story and to convince the jury of their product and savings. The highest number of votes went to Nerdalize who developed a creative solution to save energy and money: heating homes with computing power. 

Nerdalize was founded by Boaz Leupe, Florian Schneider and Mathijs de Meijer in 2013. They came up with a heater that contains powerful computer processors. This heater is placed in buildings and homes, thus forming a large distributed cloud computer. Nerdalize pays the electricity bill for the heater and sells the computing capacity on the world market. This way the building owner saves on heating, the computing client saves on cost and we all save on energy use.

DOEN Energie[s]topper
The idea for the DOEN Energie[s]topper competition came in response to the research of Ecorys on Sustainable Energy Program of foundation DOEN (2015) which showed that innovation is lagging behind in terms of energy savings. The quantity and diversity of the submissions shows that entrepreneurs certainly see opportunities in energy savings.

Climate-KIC support
Nerdalize is part of the Climate-KIC start-up network and has enrolled in Climate-KIC’s Accelerator programme. Nerdalize received intensive training, master classes and personal coaching in order to help them get ready for their first launching customer. The start-up has won many awards already and signed a deal with Eneco utility last year to offer free heating to a limited number of Dutch households.

Climate-KIC Accelerator
Interested to become part of Climate-KIC’s start-up network? Apply now, the next and round in the Netherlands will close on 15 June 2016.