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Sustainable energy projects have an access to investment

20 Sep

EIT InnoEnergy, Europe’s sustainable energy engine supported by the EIT, announces the cut-off date for applications to its 2018 Investment Round for supporting revolutionary, cleantech and sustainable energy innovations. Innovators looking for investment before the end of the year must apply by 4 October to receive their support in time. Investments up to EUR 5 million are expected.

During seven years of operation, InnoEnergy has invested in innovative projects with a total value of € 2 billion. Since launching the Investment Round in 2011, EIT InnoEnergy has invested €190 million in projects spanning eight technology areas across Europe – resulting in €3 billion of forecasted sales. On top of funding, EIT InnoEnergy offers applicants a trusted and proven, collaborative innovation platform and access to an energy innovation ecosystem of more than 385 industry partners from across the mix of sustainable energy solutions.

 

“InnoEnergy considers commercialization as a priority business need of small and medium enterprises when carrying out an innovation project. Besides, it is extremely important to shorten time to market, products internationalization, to scale business activity up and to get an access to de-risked, predictable financing. That is how the current needs of SMEs in the energy innovation sector look like”, says Marcin Lewenstein, Innovation Officer in InnoEnergy Central Europe.

 

Lithuanian companies have also been supported by InnoEnergy. Recently funding has been provided to smart home professionals “Būsto Automatika“. Startup “WellParko“ participated in InnoEnergy‘s competition of sustainable energy “PowerUp!”and won 2nd place in Europe. “WellParko” suggested artificial intelligence algorithms that allow to get real-time information about available parking slots, thus helping to reduce the amount of traffic jams and CO2 emissions. In the neighbour countries, “InnoEnergy” has invested in such startups as “Skeleton Technologies” from Estonia, “Hygen” from Latvia and others.

 

“Innovation and technological advancement are key to a successful, sustainable and changing energy sector. We are glad to see the innovative and internationally competitive solutions offered by Lithuanian companies. Existing examples of success prove that Lithuanian companies, startups, university researchers and innovators have the desired potential”, – thinks Kęstutis Morkūnas, head of “InnoEnergy“ HUB in Lithuania.

 

Jakub Miler, CEO of EIT InnoEnergy Central Europe says: “It is our mission to accelerate the clean energy transition in Europe. So, we are identifying, investing in and partnering with the very best and brightest innovators in the sector to help them scale-up, reduce their time to market and ultimately commercialise their technology. And I mean true partnership. We go beyond the mere contribution of cash to help our partners grow. Not only do we provide access to Europe’s leading network of cleantech and sustainable energy expertise, but we provide sustained support through marketing and other value-building services”.

 

EIT InnoEnergy task is to identify and enable access to partners who help them define and provide them with access to their target group when launching a new solution. Using the support, it is possible to accelerate a moment of the products start. Starting with a large-scale production is one of the phases that requires more investment. EIT InnoEnergy provides knowledge and help avoid common mistakes that might hinder the industrialization process.

In general, projects financed by EIT InnoEnergy require a development in technology or prototypes, so the economic investment is high. Cooperation with EIT InnoEnergy enables quick funding activation and efficient process of innovative product implementation.

 

Businesses can find out more about the Investment Round, including how to apply, via this link.

 

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More about „InnoEnergy“

InnoEnergy is a fund investing in solutions in the area of energy, cleantech, mobility and broadly understood smart technologies. Through knowledge, financing and network of contacts, we support the commercialization of products and their introduction to international markets.

 

InnoEnergy is present in forty countries, where we cooperate with more than three hundred partners – the largest industrial concerns, leading research and academic centres and innovative entrepreneurs, investing about € 100 million annually in solutions that increase the competitiveness of our economy thanks to cleaner, better and more efficient technologies.

 

More information:

Dr. Kęstutis Morkūnas, Head of „InnoEnergy“ HUB in Lithuania

E-mail.: HubLithuania@InnoEnergy.com; Phone: +370 670 75907

 

Contact for the press:

Indrė Lelevičiūtė, „Agency 1323“ Account Manager

E-mail: indre@1323.agency; Phone: +370 606 33062

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