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06 February 2023

Aquila Energie’s Call4Energy: the results achieved, the selected startups

Digitization of customer interface systems and data analytics, electrification of filling stations, more efficient use of water resources in washing systems, natural regeneration, and air quality: these are the four key sectors in which the collaboration between Aquila Energie and the nine startup selected will continue on the occasion of the Call4Energy | The Mobility Evolution, successfully created by the Tuscan company in collaboration with the Circular Economy Lab team.

The objective of Aquila Energie's Call4Energy, aimed at innovative startups and SMEs, was to identify companies and strategic solutions for developing new services and products for the supply of alternative and renewable energy sources, together with the digitization of internal management systems and company interaction with its customers. A challenging achievement, which has led to the receipt of over 200 applications, more than two-thirds of which come from international contexts.

After the first scouting phase, the Circular Economy Lab then selected the startups capable of combining the interest of Aquila Energie with the potential for integrating the solution into existing processes, through an analysis of the investment costs, the effort required from the customer, and the TRL of the startup. Clear objectives of the POC, short implementation times, the possibility of starting the activity starting from a pilot project, and availability of local collaborators were some of the most rewarding characteristics.

The Call4Energy, therefore, led to the total scouting of over 200 startups at an international level, to the presentation of 62 technical-commercial in-depth one pagers and to the organization of 20 one-to-one meetings between Aquila Energie and the startups, from which were selected the companies deemed most suitable for starting the collaboration. Zeotap, Cloud4wi, G-move, Otovo, TriEnergia, Windcity, Limpo, GreenHabitat, Anemotech are the names of the startups selected at the end of a process that began in July 2022 and successfully concluded in December of the same year.

“We asked the Circular Economy Lab team to help us identify startups capable of offering innovative solutions to the new needs of our sector - is the final comment of Filippo Cecchi, CEO of Aquila Energie - It was a long process, which has already led to some productive talks and from which we expect excellent results. The contribution of the Circular Economy Lab team has allowed us to get in touch with realities that we could not have reached otherwise on our own".