We empower your ideas.

We are a leading and dynamic multi-utility that believes in talent and innovation,
in the ability to imagine the future and to craft it out with our own hands.

Are you ready to challenge and revolutionize the utilities sector?

Join the 3° edition of “Iren Startup Award”, powered by “Intesa Sanpaolo StartUp Initiative”.
This year the competition will be composed of two categories, with two distinct awards, and an additional special award.

Submit your application no later than September 22th 2019. For details about registration and information required please see “Instruction to apply” by downloading the call.


SEED



Startups or university spin-offs in their product validation phase, seeking market validation

15.000
SPONSORSHIP

+

ONE-MONTH CUSTOMIZED ACCELERATION PROGRAM IN COLLABORATION WITH IREN

GROWTH



Startups or SMEs with innovative solutions already to-market, seeking market growth

15.000
SPONSORSHIP

+

ONE-MONTH CUSTOMIZED PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM AIMED AT STRUCTURING A PARTNERSHIP WITH IREN

SPECIAL AWARD



Inclusion in the high-potential startups portfolio of Intesa Sanpaolo Innovation Center with fast track access to business development services.

And that’s not the end!

ALL STARTUPS WHICH WILL APPLY TO THE COMPETITION WILL AUTOMATICALLY ENTER THE IREN UP DEAL FLOW: A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO JOIN FORCES WITH IREN AND GET FUNDED BY THE NEW INVESTMENT VEHICLE.

IREN UP is the Corporate Venture Capital program of IREN, which provides investments up to EUR 2 million on high potential technology initiatives.

We are looking for innovations in:


  • Energy (power generation, district heating, energy management);
  • Water (distribution networks, purification & treatment);
  • Waste (management, treatment, circular economy);
  • Utility Networks (operations and maintenance, metering and billing, smart grid);
  • Mobility (e-mobility, mobility as a service, sharing, vehicle-to-X, etc);
  • Value Added Services (customer engagement and marketing, new services, support to public administration).

The challenge is on:
are you ready to accept it?


Apply Now


When submitting your application, indicate whether you are applying for the SEED or GROWTH category.

Submit your application

Review the terms of the call and apply now by visiting the website of the Intesa Sanpaolo StartUp Initiative and submitting the requested information of your company idea no later than September 22th 2019. Participation is free of charge.

GO THROUGH THE FIRST SELECTION

Your application will be reviewed and screened by the organizers along six key drivers: team and advisors; addressable market; product and development stage; barriers to entry and traction; economics; fit with IREN’s current and perspective strategy.

JOIN THE MASTER CLASS

Oct 7 - 8 – “The World Class” for technology Deployment, a Growth-Stage Entrepreneur Master Class.

Admitted startups will receive two full days of investor alignment and business development tools delivered by the course developer, Bill Barber, California serial entrepreneur, business angel, current Head for Startup and Growth Acceleration programs at Intesa Sanpaolo Innovation Center. He will be supported by a Global tech M&A veteran. This phase is mandatory for the SEED category and optional (though highly recommended) for the GROWTH category.

give your best at the demo pitch

Nov 21 – Deal Line-Up.

Your startup will pitch in front of a panel of experts who will provide structured feedback and select the finalists to move forward with the program.

win the iren start up award

Dec 3 – Arena Meeting and Demo Center.

Finalists selected in the previous step will have 10 minutes to pitch to a targeted audience of IREN executives and selected VC investors who are looking for business and investor opportunities. At the end of the day, the winners of the awards will be announced. And it might be you!
Review the terms of the call and apply now by visiting the website of the Intesa Sanpaolo StartUp Initiative and and submitting the requested information of your company idea no later than September 22th 2019. Participation is free of charge.
Your application will be reviewed and screened by the organizers along six key drivers: team and advisors; addressable market; product and development stage; barriers to entry and traction; economics; fit with IREN’s current and perspective strategy.
Oct 7 - 8 – “The World Class” for technology Deployment, a Growth-Stage Entrepreneur Master Class.

Admitted startups will receive two full days of investor alignment and business development tools delivered by the course developer, Bill Barber, California serial entrepreneur, business angel, current Head for Startup and Growth Acceleration programs at Intesa Sanpaolo Innovation Center. He will be supported by a Global tech M&A veteran. This phase is mandatory for the SEED category and optional (though highly recommended) for the GROWTH category.
Nov 21 – Deal Line-Up.

Your startup will pitch in front of a panel of experts who will provide structured feedback and select the finalists to move forward with the program.
Dec 3 – Arena Meeting and Demo Center.

Finalists selected in the previous step will have 10 minutes to pitch to a targeted audience of IREN executives and selected VC investors who are looking for business and investor opportunities. At the end of the day, the winners of the awards will be announced. And it might be you!