For every annual Call for Projects, the 5-8 winning start-ups will each benefit from:
- A grant of €70K (maximum) to contribute to costs for equipment, software, training and recruitment
- The possibility to request technical assistance (awarded on a case-by-case basis), which could include project management support, strategic and technical expertise, and accounting/reporting assistance
In addition, start-ups and utility partnership winners can take advantage of:
- A joint boot camp run by cross-sectorial experts, which will support project implementation, provide sectorial insights, foster synergies between project winners and encourage best-practice sharing
- Widespread communication campaigns piloted by AFD during the selection phase, award ceremony, bootcamp and for a period of time after these events.
About the Challenge
The Digital Energy Challenge, which will run for four years with an annual Call for Projects, is part of the Digital Energy Facility and aims to support the development of innovative solutions for better energy access and utility performance improvement.