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‘Innovation slams’ – Helping start-ups rise to the innovation challenge

Climate-KIC’s innovation slams are helping Europe’s start-ups access valuable insights and resources.

They also bring co-host partners closer to their markets, says entrepreneurship lead in Germany Franka Birke. 

Grants to the tune of €95,000, office space, and a coveted place on Climate-KIC’s acceleration programme – that was the first prize tally carried off by Cypriot start-up ENERMAP at Climate-KIC’s first Open Innovation Slam held in Berlin last year.

Co-hosted with innovation team partner Sense4En, the 2012 slam focused on tackling heat and energy loss in domestic households. Using a crowd sourced online take-up format, the event challenged start-ups across Europe to develop dynamic tools that give consumers the energy use feedback they need to cut consumption, reduce emissions, and save money.

‘Our 2013 and 2014 innovation slams will have a comparable structure and format,’ says Franka Birke, Climate-KIC entrepreneurship lead in Germany. ‘We look for a co-host or partner who helps develop the challenge theme or the problem statement for each event.’

Opening doors

In 2012, the call for entries sparked 800 registrations. Of the 50 teams that submitted ideas, ten were invited to Berlin for a weekend of coaching and workshops that took their proposal forward.

ENERMAP’s winning idea in 2012 was a free-to-access software application that maps and colourcodes buildings according to their energy use rating. The aim is to shift patterns of consumption.

The Cypriot company is currently developing its business model with Climate-KIC’s entrepreneurship team in the UK as part of its innovation slam prize package.

For all the teams taking part the events are a great opportunity to refine their ideas across a weekend devoted to building a scalable model. Says Franka Birke: ‘Participants expand their networks and gain access to potential investors. They also get the kind of media exposure that opens doors.’

For partners co-hosting a slam with Climate-KIC it’s about getting closer to the market by tapping into what customers and potential customers are thinking within a particular area of interest or operations.

‘Together with our slam partners,’ says Franka, ‘we’re looking for early stage proposals for climate change mitigation and adaptation. The prize for the winner is considerable in terms of resources and insights. And society wins, too. We want to inspire Europe’s start-ups to bring us their best climate innovation ideas.’

 
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