The fourth edition of EDF Pulse Awards starting on 24 January will feature several new additions: a new category, more winners, and a spotlight on women tech champions!
Who will succeed Biomodex, Kara, and Ecoisme? Starting 24 January, the EDF Pulse Awards are powering up for the fourth edition, aiming once again to recognise the start-ups and innovative projects that will shape our electrical future in terms of digital technology, mobility and energy transition. Just like the 600 applicants in the last three editions that came before, applicants this year must meet the following criteria: they must be independent structures with fewer than 30 people, based in Europe, and able to provide a prototype by 14 September this year, as September is the month when the 2017 EDF Pulse Award winners will be announced.
This time around, a few new additions will be introduced to the contest.
First, a new category entitled “Smart Business” will appear alongside categories that are now classics: “Smart Home”, “Smart Health” and “Smart City”. The aim is to identify entrepreneurs who can (re)invent the businesses of tomorrow. All potential applicants with projects involving the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, smart buildings, smart maintenance, robotics, digital security, blockchains, and more, for improved operational, technological, energy, or environmental performance in organisations and processes, are invited to try their luck.
One last addition
Last year, a third of contestants were from other European countries, including the Ukrainian company Ecoisme, winner in the “Smart Home” category. This year, France’s leading energy company aims to open the country’s borders once again in the hunt for innovation. However, this year’s quest includes a new objective: increasing the pool of contestants in order to promote more women in entrepreneurship. For the fourth edition, the EDF Pulse Awards called on the incubator Paris Pionnières for its expertise to involve more women entrepreneurs. They have until 8 March to apply before selection committees step in. The top 40 will be announced in April, followed by the dozen finalists selected by an internal EDF jury at the beginning of May.
Then, the last creation of the 2017 EDF Pulse Awards will come into play: the launch of a Public Award across all categories. This is, without a doubt, a way to recognise the growing popularity of the contest for which over 150,000 votes were cast online last year. May the best win!