Welcome to
Free Electrons.

Welcome to the Startup Program focused on the Energy Sector where the selected startups have the chance to work alongside 10 Global Energy Utilities - the Free Electrons consortium - for the course of one year.

The finalists will compete for the coveted “Free Electrons World’s Best Energy Startup” with a prize of USD 200,000 – no strings attached.

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Free Electrons in numbers

Over two editions, the program received +1000 applications, from 65 different countries, a testament to the global reach of this initiative

+1000
Applications
65
Countries
+50
Pilots
27
Startups accelerated
+5M
USD in Deals
  • Our Offer

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  • International Market Expedition

    Startups chosen for Free Electrons get exposure to US, Europe and Asian markets through three separate week-long ‘customer adoption’ modules in USA, Asia and Lisbon.

  • Pilot Exploration

    Each module is structured to facilitate ongoing conversations between startups and utilities to seed pilot projects, investments and other commercial relationships.

  • Mentorship Support

    Each start-up benefits from mentorship support for the entire duration of the program.

  • Investment Opportunities

    Besides opportunities for strategic investments from utilities, startups also gets plugged into global investor networks.

clean energy

A clean Energy Future.

We envision a future where smart, clean and accessible energy will transform every aspect of our lives. Free Electrons drives next-generation ideas in:

  • Energy Generation
    Energy Generation
  • Smart Grids
    Smart Grid
  • Energy Storage
    Energy Storage
  • Mobility
    Mobility
  • Energy Access
    Energy Access
  • IoT
    IoT
  • Energy Management
    Energy Management

Testimonials

Answers for the “why?”

It's a perfect match - smart startup ideas meet a transforming corporate that is re-inventing itself and has established lean and agile structures that speak “startup” and “corporate” language alike. We can help startups scale fast; startups can help us with the best possible products. We go outside to innovate from within.

Stefan Padberg

Managing Director,
Innogy New Ventures LLC
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Opening up the utility world to the startups, providing them with a global customer base, accelerating deal execution with the utilities, that’s what Free Electrons is all about. I can’t think of a better opportunity for a startup operating in this space

Luis Manuel

Executive Board Member,
EDP Innovation
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SP Group is committed to providing a high quality, sustainable lifestyle for customers. We are excited to partner respected international utilities and experienced accelerators, who have extensive innovation and R&D experience, to support promising start-ups around the world. Together we can develop transformational energy solutions to provide customers with more choices, and help them to save energy and cost

May Liew

Vice President, Strategic Development,
SP Group
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Dubai is at the centre of a region that is emerging as a major force in the global economy, and it is seen as a leader in promoting innovation, sustainability and economic diversity. Dubai is keen to encourage collaboration between the public and private sectors to achieve a green economy. Public-private partnerships are key to this, as is the goal to make Dubai a global hub for green finance and a green economy

His Excellency Saeed Mohamed Al Tayer

MD & CEO,
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority
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TEPCO is excited to work with all of the global utilities and startups participating in the Free Electrons program. We value the opportunity to learn from their innovative business models and technologies, and hope to leverage these learnings for the benefit of our customers.

Takafumi Anegawa

President of TEPCO Research Institute,
TEPCO
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Origin sees the enormous potential of combining the best ideas with those companies capable of delivering them at significant scale. By leveraging all the expertise of the many partners involved we are confident extraordinary outcomes will be reached.

Anthony Lucas

Executive General Manager, Future Energy and Business Development,
Origin Energy
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We are excited about the prospect of working with a pool of startups from across the world, learn from them and offer them the opportunity to trial and develop their products/services in Ireland and the UK. At ESB we are very focused on bringing new cutting edge solutions to our customer base.

Jerry O'Sullivan

ESB Deputy Chief Executive,
ESB (Electricity Supply Board)
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We are passionate about helping entrepreneurs bring their technologies, ideas and products to the global marketplace, and look forward to mentoring them as they turn their energy start-ups into viable businesses that enable us to transform the energy industry globally.

Chad Hymas

Executive General Manager,
AusNet Services
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We started Free Electrons because there is a deep need in our industry to access and source innovation. Free Electrons therefore has a very transaction-oriented approach – generating deals between startups and corporates is the prime objective of Free Electrons. We therefore assembled a unique consortium of innovative utilities that spend billions every year in running and transforming energy systems globally.

Florian Kolb

Managing Director,
Innogy New Ventures LLC
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It's a perfect match - smart startup ideas meet a transforming corporate that is re-inventing itself and has established lean and agile structures that speak “startup” and “corporate” language alike. We can help startups scale fast; startups can help us with the best possible products. We go outside to innovate from within.

Stefan Padberg

Managing Director,
Innogy New Ventures LLC
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Opening up the utility world to the startups, providing them with a global customer base, accelerating deal execution with the utilities, that’s what Free Electrons is all about. I can’t think of a better opportunity for a startup operating in this space

Luis Manuel

Executive Board Member,
EDP Innovation
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Joining the Free Electrons accelerator program gives us access to the world’s most innovative technology entrepreneurs in the energy space. Our long-term strategy includes building smarter energy infrastructure and delivering new technologies and custom products and services to our customers. We’re excited to help cultivate the cutting-edge energy solutions that are being developed around the globe.

Nicholas K. Akins

Chairman, President and CEO,
AEP
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The Free Electrons Accelerator Program enables CLP to work with some of the world’s smartest and most dynamic innovators on solutions to 21st century, digital energy challenges. With our industry leadership across Asia Pacific markets spanning Greater China to Australia, CLP is excited by the opportunity to partner with the best start-ups to create transformative new energy technologies and applications for individuals, businesses, cities and governments.

Austin Bryan

Senior Director - Innovation,
CLP Holdings Limited
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