Open Innovation is the concept that underpins Enel’s drive for innovation. In order to become the largest energy and technology innovation ecosystem with the greatest potential for Industry 4.0, we have opened up to the outside world, collaborating with the planet’s most promising and innovative startups and SMEs. We offer our expertise, open up our laboratories and provide access to the resources needed to develop the best solutions in a short time.
In order to meet, get to know and select the startups, we have created an international network of Innovation Hubs in the world’s main centres for innovation, from Tel Aviv to San Francisco, Moscow to Milan. These nerve centres of know-how, ideas and business opportunities are also made available to other companies, not only in the energy sector.
We do this by providing the opportunity to take part in our boot camps, intense themed sessions focussing on the most innovative technologies like the Internet of Things, Cybersecurity and Artificial Intelligence. Together with partner companies we identify the different requirements for each boot camp. Then, based on these findings, our Innovation Hubs scout hundreds of startups, selecting some and introducing them to our partners. The companies evaluate their potential interest in the technology and the proposed solutions, and decide whether to meet them at our Innovation Hubs during specially convened boot camp sessions. Sharing the Open Innovation approach enables companies to run the rule over different startups, put them to the test, share the results, select the best technologies and help the startups grow in the market. A number of large Italian groups, including Bonifiche Ferraresi, A2A and Ferrovie dello Stato, have already collaborated successfully with us.
What’s more, we also make our Openinnovability crowdsourcing platform available to other companies. It is used to collect ideas and launch our challenges to find innovative, sustainable solutions for the business. The only condition we set for working with us is to share our commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set out in the UN’s 2030 Agenda.