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EDF Blue Lab Innovation Challenge returns for 2017

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EDF Blue Lab Innovation Challenge 2017
EDF Energy Blue Lab is proud to launch a new Blue Lab Innovation Challenge for 2017

After the huge success of last year’s Innovation Challenge, we are looking for more creative and disruptive products and services that can shape the future of the energy sector and enhance the lives of our customers.

We’re looking for the next big thing, so if you’re working on innovative ways to create insight and value from energy data using artificial intelligence and machine learning, or developing amazing new devices, controls or approaches to make energy better for our vulnerable customers – we would love you to be part of our journey to deliver Better Lives, Better Experience and Better Energy for all of society.

This year the challenge has been broken down into three categories:
EDF Blue Lab Innovation Challenge 2017

Making life easier for our vulnerable customers
Can you help EDF Energy to make efficiency, comfort, control & security easy and accessible for vulnerable customers?

Creating value for customers from energy data
Can you help provide Insights for customers using energy related data using innovative technology such as artificial intelligence and machine learning?

Got a great idea that could help EDF Energy that doesn't particularly fall into the other two categories? Apply as a wildcard entry!

What is on offer?

  • A 12-week intensive programme based at Blue Lab.EDF Blue Lab Innovation Challenge 2017
  • Mentoring from EDF Energy senior leadership and subject matter experts
  • £20,000 cash prize.
  • Validation from EDF Energy stakeholders and customers
  • Co-location and testing in a live environment with EDF Energy
  • A network of external mentors with diverse market experience
  • Recognition in Europe and beyond
  • Opportunity to gain investment
  • The chance to be sponsored by EDF Energy Blue Lab at IDEALondon, a post-accelerator centre in the heart of London’s tech city in Shoreditch.
  • Access to the Amazon Web Services Activate program. 

Application process

  • Applications are open and close on the 13th November 2017.
  • Shortlisted startups will be invited to a Pitch Day to senior executives in January 2018
  • The 12 week programme starts in February 2018.
  • There will be a Demo day for the startups on the programme in April 2018. 
Whilst energy is the obvious focus here, we are also keen to work with products and services from other sectors that could apply to the energy industry. For example, if you have a great data analytics platform, it could help EDF Energy to understand how their customers use energy.

You can be an early stage or a mature start-up – if you are wanting to accelerate your business in 12 weeks, this is the energy accelerator programme for you.

So what are you waiting for? If you’d like to be part of this unique programme, you can find out more and apply online:

This is a sponsored article written in partnership with Startacus

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Published on: 27th October 2017

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