Open, sustainable innovation, Enel wins awards in Brussels

Published on Thursday, 6 December 2018

“We’re proud to have worked so hard to build an ecosystem of sustainable innovation. We are passionate about ensuring its progress and we strive constantly to help it grow, providing it with new challenges. Only in this way can our Open Innovability provide results.”

This was how Ernesto Ciorra, Chief Innovability Officer at Enel, reacted to the prestigious accolades received by our Group in Brussels on 23 November, confirming our leadership in the field of innovation. At the SEP Europe’s Corporate Startups conference, organised by the Startup Europe Partnership platform on behalf of the European Commission, we were included among the Top 12 Corporate Startup Stars, a ranking that recognises companies worldwide that are most actively involved in Open Innovation. Our Group also received the Corporate Startup Procurement Award for our constant commitment to creating valuable relationships with the most promising fledgling companies in the sector. In recent years Enel has analysed around 4,000 startups considered to have significant technological potential and has invested resources and time in collaborations with around 180 of them. Among the companies identified are the 50 that have seen their activities scaled up to be included alongside the Group’s global businesses.

The Corporate Startup Stars initiative, which this years is in its third edition, owes its existence to the efforts of Mind the Bridge, global leader in providing consultancy services for innovation, and the Nesta foundation. The keynote speech at the Brussels event was given by Jyrki Tapani Katainen, European Commission Vice-President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness.  

Also in Brussels, on 22 November, our Group was recognised as one of the 100 digital pioneers of the future in the Europe’s Road to Growth report by the Financial Times. With support from Google, the British business daily selected the companies and people that are leading Europe’s growth in a number of sectors, which were organised into five categories. Enel was included in the “Corporate digital transformations” group, together with 16 other European companies.  

Enel’s model is now regarded as a benchmark for open innovation for many companies in Europe and throughout the world. In London on 1 November the London Business School awarded us the Real Innovation Award People’s Choice, an accolade for genuine innovation, which the organisers define as “chaotic, uncertain and random.”

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