Drones, augmented reality, robotics, ultrasounds, clouds, Internet of Things (IoT), smart mobility. Future was at the centre of Enel’s Innovation Boot Camp in Rome, in which some of Europe’s most promising startups met the Group’s business lines.
"Traditionally, utility companies are complex and not always innovative organisations. We have decided to do innovation opening up to the outside world: the ideas presented today don’t come from us”. These words were spoken by Enel CEO Francesco Starace, who opened the series of meetings, a real matching event enabled by SEP (Startup Europe Partnership), a platform promoted by the European Commission to facilitate contacts between young companies and the continent’s major players.
The startups invited to Rome, from 10 European countries (Italy, Great Britain, France, Germany, Finland, Holland, Sweden, Belgium, Portugal, Switzerland) have already passed a first selection by Enel and have pitched their projects in “one-to-one” meetings to six business units and functions (Enel Green Power, Global Thermal Generation, Global ICT, Global Infrastructures and Networks, Endesa, Market Italy). They include the British CleanCar that tests the GPS to study people’s driving habits, the French CopSonic that uses acoustic waves to monitor connections between electronic devices and the Belgian DroneGrid that broadens the range of uses for drones.
Of the 1,400 startups that Enel met over the last few months, 240 were initially taken into consideration, projects have been hypothesised with 120, while Enel is working jointly with 80 young businesses.