What happens next?
Enel will provide financial and technical support to develop and test the technologies and solutions selected, both in the Innovation Lab located in Catania and recently renewed with state-of-the-art infrastructures and in real plants. Startups and SMEs will have access to testing infrastructures, high-tech locations and co-working areas, in addition to being connected to national and international stakeholders thanks to the global network of Enel Innovation Hubs.
The Enel’s investment is equity free and will be in the co-development or in testing activities: for each project the necessary amount and the modalities will be evaluated together with the proposer.
If the test/PoC will be successful, Enel will offer a concrete opportunity to scale-up the solution by adopting it on its own business through commercial agreements.
Additional services will be offered for free if needed: acceleration program, workstations at the Innovation Hub, support in searching investors and accessing European public funds, support to access the Start-up VISA program by the Italian Ministry of the Economic Development.
For all details on the Lab/testing areas and equipment available, please see the attachment.