KICkoff Competition 2016

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Sustainable energy market is calling for start-ups!

If you are an early stage start-up or entrepreneur with an innovative idea in the sustainable energy field and have the willingness to spread it worldwide – this competition can KICk - off your business!

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 KICkoff Regional Pitching Competition – Greece (Application deadline 10th of June)

Start you journey with the Greek Regional Pitching competition.

The finalists of the Regional Competition had the opportunity to take part in a 2 day pitch workshop during which, with the help of mentors and coaches, they prepared for the Regional Final, where they pitched their ideas in front of a Jury panel. The Regional Final was held at Orange Grove premises, Leoforos Vasileos Konstantinou 5, Athens, on Friday 15th of July 2016 at 18:00. 

Two startups won a place among the other regional winners and some of the most promising stars of the European sustainable energy market in CEE from Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Estonia, Hungary, Romania, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia that will compete in the Final in Warsaw.

How to get onboard?

KIC InnoEnergy had announced the Call for Applications. The deadline for submission of ideas was the 10th of June 2016 (extended).

Visit the Competition websiteto get the detailed information on the competition.

KiNNO the organizer of the Greek Regional Competition and the representative of KIC InnoEnergy in Greece and in Cyprus is here to help you.

To find out more contact Mr. Paris Rallis This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


 Greece KICkoff - Results

The Greek Regional Final of the KICkoff 2016 competition, was successfully completed on the 15th of July 2016 at the premises of Orange Grove, where 9 finalists presented their business ideas in front of the jury of the competition and the audience.

A considerable number of applications were evaluated, before these 9 teams were selected, which had the opportunity to attend a two-day preparatory workshop.

The winning ideas were “Drywall Integrated Supercapacitors” proposed by Pleione Energy and “Solar Energy in Building Heating and Cooling” proposed by Lighthouse Solar.

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 Greece Final - 2 winners and jury


 KICkoff Final - September 20th, Warsaw

The KICkoff Competition 2016 was successfully completed in September 2016 in Warsaw, Poland.

A two day boot camp preceded the Finals, during which teams, deriving from the Local Semi-finals across 12 CEE countries, developed their projects and pitched in front of energy market experts and investors.

Over 200 people attended the Finals on the 20thof September 2016 – organized by KIC InnoEnergy, the innovation engine for Europe’s energy industry - and watched the 10 finalists present their sustainable energy ideas and compete, in front of the jury of the competition. During the award ceremony, KIC InnoEnergy announced the 3 winners of the competition.

PolarSol, from Estonia,won the first place, claiming the prize of 10.000 € and access to the KIC InnoEnergy Highway® business accelerator, presenting their proposal for​​an autonomous solar heating system. The second place, with the prize of €5,000, went to the Greek start-up Pleione SA, who presented their idea for Drywall-integrated supercapacitors, while the third place went to the GreenerGizer from Hungary, winning 3,000 € for their solution which reduces the energy consumption of refrigerator units. Bin-e (Poland) received an audience award, with its proposal for waste management in smart buildings. 

You can watch the highlights of the Finals here

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Warsaw Finals - Winners

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KICkoff: the energy to change the world!


Who is KIC InnoEnergy?

KIC InnoEnergy is the leading authority in sustainable energy across Europe. Backed by the European Union, it’s one of the first three Knowledge and Innovation Communities created under the leadership of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). It is a commercial company with 27 shareholders who are all key players in the energy field coming from top ranked industries, research institutions and universities of eight European countries. This public-private organisation can draw on a huge investment portfolio of €400 million per year to ensure that sustainable energy innovation in Europe benefits from adequate development support mechanisms.

Who is KiNNO?

KiNNO, the national representative of KIC InnoEnergy for Greece and Cyprus, is a company that focuses on Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship and acts as an intermediary between researchers, engineers, businesses and investors to accelerate the deployment of innovations to the market. The company aims at constantly and significantly enhancing technology integration and innovation capacity, technology transfer and market uptake of research results. KiNNO offers its services via a multitude of channels such as projects, platforms and methodologies and acts as broker for international clients including the European Space Agency (ESA).

Funding Opportunities

Available funding opportunities:

ERC - Proof of Concept

Horizon2020 - SME Instrument

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