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Kickstart your partnership with leading corporates

Our platform brings together Europe’s biggest players in the energy, manufacturing, and logistics sectors. Together, we are looking for innovative start-ups and tech champions to join forces and change the world for the better. 

As a part of our accelerator, we connect you with the ideal use-case partner to quickly realize pilot projects together and grow your business sustainably. Join us in shaping the future of energy and infrastructure.
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Your start-up needs are covered

Our program provides start-ups and tech champions with a wide range of benefits to help you reach the next level.

  • Resource Access
    Gain access to resources, test labs, expert know-how, markets, and an extensive network.

  • Fast decision-making
    Benefit from top-management involvement and a structured process for fast implementation.

  • Proof-of-Concept
    Get a dedicated budget to develop a proof-of-concept (PoC) with a corporate partner and accelerate your success.
Benjamin gnista.io

“We are super excited to be part of this program because it was one of the very rare occasions for startups to work together with not only a large corporate but also people that are incredibly motivated within that corporate.”

Benjamin Mörzinger, Founder, gnista.io

Search fields of our third batch

Together with our use-case partners, we identified 7 search fields for the third batch. Each holds great potential to shape the future of energy and infrastructure and deserves our focused attention in the form of open innovation and co-creation.

We are looking for transformation technologies and solutions in advanced biomass to aviation fuels and chemicals. In particular, we are interested in finding new renewable and scalable advanced feedstock, as well as related technologies, able to convert them and produce Aviation Fuels (SAF) and renewable olefins, aromatics, or other renewable chemicals (or related transportable intermediates) with high carbon efficiency. 

Corporate Partner: OMV

Advanced biomass conversion technologies | Advanced aviation biofuels production | Production of bio-based olefins, chemicals, aromatics and transportable intermediaries


We are looking for software applications and AI solutions, that allow for advanced data analyses and more precise predictive maintenance for wind farms and PV plants. 
As concerns wind power, we look for solution for predictive maintenance for gearboxes, power curve analysis and azimuth analysis.
When it comes to PV power, we are interested in statistical and physical model-based approaches describing how inverters behave to each other, in the identification of outliers, analysis of diurnal variations and performance analysis (according to IB & to today reasons).

Corporate Partner: VERBUND

Performance Analysis of PV plants and wind farms | Predictive Analytics for PV plants and wind farms | Smart Maintenance for PV plants and wind farms


We are looking for innovative carbon capture technologies for the industrial sector, excluding direct air capture (DAC). We are interested in solutions, able to capture carbon from industrial sources with high CO2 intensity (range: 8%-30%) and show the potential of industrial scale (ideally technology readiness level 4+). We are looking for all physical and chemical technologies. If your solution comes with a marketable utilization use case, this is a plus.

Corporate Partner: voestalpine Steel Division | OMV | RHIM 

Let’s create an innovative customer journey for heat pumps! We are looking for solutions that support in retrofitting buildings in the roles of planning, decommissioning, installation, commissioning, system upgrade/optimization and energy optimization of heat pumps.
Additionally, we are looking for innovative heat pump hardware that is implementable in apartments to replace conventional non-renewable heating solutions. 
Ideally, the solutions we are looking for provide relevant digital touchpoints along the customer/installer journey.

Corporate Partner: VERBUND

Innovative heat pump hardware | Heat pump retrofitting | Decentralized heat pumps for B2C


We are looking for innovative carbon utilization solutions applicable in hard-to-abate industries (e.g., cement, iron and steel, chemicals). The technologies (biological, catalytical and electrochemical synthesis) should make the carbon utilization process marketable. Your solution (ideally technology readiness level 4+) should show the potential of industrial scale. All levels of final products of these technologies are sought for as a decarbonization lever (e.g. polyolefins, formic acid, hydrogen carrier, natural gas, synthetic fuels etc.).

Corporate Partner: VERBUND, voestalpine Steel Division, RHI Magnesita, OMV, Alperia

Carbon Utilization Technology | Value-added Carbon Products | Carbon-based Products


VERBUND wants to increase the storage capacity of energy generated by wind power plants and photovoltaic systems for a better management of over-and underproduction’s peaks.
Therefore, we are looking for innovative and fully integrated energy storage technologies which ensure a long-term storage range of more than 4-6h and which are implementable into commercial energy grid systems. Your solution should ideally be in the state of TRL 5-7, and in the long term commercially competitive to lithium-ion batteries as well as industrially scalable into MWh-region.
We are not looking for energy storage solutions based on conventional pumped hydropower and lithium-ion batteries. 

Corporate Partner: VERBUND

Storage of renewable energy | Commercial energy grid | Long-duration energy storage technologies


As Österreichische Post, we run our own PV systems and we are therefore looking for innovative solutions, technologies, and business models to employ, in the most intelligent and economical way possible, the surplus energy generated from them (preferably within our company). 
For example, we are looking for solutions that help us increase our energy efficiency, when it comes to our E-fleet management (by exploiting our energy surplus, leveraging EV’s data analysis, intelligent charging, peak shaving etc.) 
Other potential solutions could also be plug-and-play solutions  to store the PV-Surplus energy or  business models on its utilization.
If you have innovative solutions on how to exploit the energy surplus coming from PV – show us your potential!

Corporate Partner: Österreichische Post AG

PV surplus energy utilization | PV surplus energy storage | E-fleet management | EVs energy management and smart charging


Your journey with the VERBUND X Accelerator

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    Get your application ready - we are exited to hear about your innovative solutions!

    Application Phase until 19th of August, 2022

    Get your application ready - we are exited to hear about your innovative solutions!

  • Icon Pitches

    As a selected applicant you will be invited to pitch your solution to us in a remote setting. We choose the most exciting start-ups / solutions for each search field and match you with the ideal partner.

    Remote Pitches from 22nd to 27th of September, 2022

    As a selected applicant you will be invited to pitch your solution to us in a remote setting. We choose the most exciting start-ups / solutions for each search field and match you with the ideal partner.

  • Icon Innovation Camp

    In our three-day innovation camp, you get to work with corporate partners on how you will test and implement your pilot project.

    Innovation Camp from 18th to 20th of October, 2022

    In our three-day innovation camp, you get to work with corporate partners on how you will test and implement your pilot project.

  • Icon Acceleration

    Now it's time showcase that your solution really creates an impact: build prototypes and quickly iterate to create value.

    Acceleration Phase from November 2022 to March 2023

    Now it's time showcase that your solution really creates an impact: build prototypes and quickly iterate to create value.

  • Icon Demo Day

    This is your time to shine: present your fantastic work and showcase the results to our partner network.

    Demo Day on the 30th of March, 2023

    This is your time to shine: present your fantastic work and showcase the results to our partner network.

  • Icon Demo Day

    After successfully completing the program you discuss your further collaboration & scaling of your project with your corporate use-case Partner.

    Launch & Cooperation starting March, 2023

    After successfully completing the program you discuss your further collaboration & scaling of your project with your corporate use-case Partner.

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Our success stories

We have already facilitated more than 18 successful pilot projects in our first two editions. We let their success stories speak for themselves. 

VERBUND x PhotoSomes

In collaboration with IBD Group and TU Wien, VERBUND supports the research field of green hydrogen. They have recently started exploring an alternative, nature-based way of producing green hydrogen by engineered photosynthesis and will go on with it in the following months.

“I would recommend the VERBUND X Accelerator program because it addresses a lot of big challenges of our time.  Especially in our case, it offered us the opportunity to realize our vision of CO2 negative green hydrogen production.” - Maximilian Meissnitzer, PhotoSomes

ASFINAG x LuvSide x MOWEA

ASFINAG worked together with the German startups LuvSide and Mowea on testing innovative micro wind turbines in their Testpark in Liechtenegg. While Mowea focuses on installing their technology on a bridge, the Europabrücke, LuvSide concentrated on the use case of installing the Turbine on a rest station to produce energy for heating water and lights. Both teams are looking forward to roll out the installation of their pilot turbines within this year in close collaboration.

“A project for the use of wind-power was presented at our corporate innovation day in 2020 and now it finally comes to life ." - Hartwig Hufnagl, CEO ASFINAG

voestalpine Steel Division x RGS Development

RGS development solves the problem of high temperatures in Voestalpine’s plants in focused areas. A high market potential is also seen for all industries that work within high energy and high heat processes. Since April, the feasibility of the technology is tested in two locations. After the test a strategy for a roll-out will be discussed.

Work with our leading corporate use-case partners

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Get in touch with our mentors

Porträt von Franz Zöchbauer Franz Zöchbauer

VERBUND

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Managing Director

Annalisa Andaloro, Innovation Manager Annalisa Andaloro

Alperia

Innovation Manager

Veronika Ruthensteiner Veronika Ruthensteiner

OMV

New Business Development - Portfolio Strategy

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 Presslmayer Christian Christian Presslmayer

voestalpine Steel Division

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Juan Rosenzweig Juan Rosenzweig

RHI Magnesita

Innovation Manager:

Michael, Andrae Michael Andrae

Österreichische Post AG

Central Innovation Responsible

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Martin, Holzinger Martin Holzinger

ÖBAG

Direktor Österreichische Beteiligungs AG

Anderas, Schwarzenbrunner Andreas Schwarzenbrunner

Speedindvest

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Hans, Peter, Blahowsky Hans-Peter Blahowsky

Austrian Institute of Technology

Startup Catalyst

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Matthias, Plattner Matthias Plattner

BIG

Head of Property & Facility Management Austria

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Fill in the shoes of our trailblazers

Over 700 start-ups from 43 countries and six continents have applied to be a part of our success story already. We are proud to be the trusted partner for start-ups that challenge the status quo and want to accelerate their solution with us.
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Applied Bioplastics

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Climatiq

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Dreamwaves

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efriends

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gnista.io

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IBD Group

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LuvSide

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MOWEA

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Predictive Layer

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RGS Development

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View AR

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Build Informed

Build Informed

Elestor

Elestor

Heptasense

Heptasense

Insolights

Insolight

Ionomor

IONOMR

NanoSun

NanoSun

Origami

Origami

Planys

PLANYS

Swimsol

Swimsol

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Got further questions? Contact us! 

If you want to learn more about our accelerator take a look at our frequently asked questions or reach out to us. 

Check out all our FAQs here.

As of right now, the program with all workshops and events are planned in person or hybrid. Changes might occur during the process, but  any changes will be announced on this website.
Yes, if traveling is required in the program, reasonable travel expenses (transportation to and from Vienna, accommodation for non-residents) will be reimbursed following VERBUND travel expenses rules (train, flight economy, taxi/rental car/own car if necessary). However, if the event won’t take place on-site but remotely, no travel and accommodation expenses will be covered.
Please hand in workshop input, documentation, and pitches in English. While you are working in your team, the language of your choice can be spoken.
Apply here on the website by clicking on one of the “Apply Now” buttons, fill in the applications form, and provide the core information about your company. It takes approximately 15 minutes to register and present your startup. If we require further information, we will contact you for a personal interview.

Application deadline is the 10th of August 2022, 23:59 CET
The best startups will be invited to a remote/digital pitch in front of the managers and domain experts from VERBUND and its partners to discuss their business model, technology, and potential use cases. Successful candidates will then be invited to the Innovation Camp.
The selected startups will enter the Acceleration (Proof-of-Concept) phase and will pitch at the final event in front of the top management of VERBUND and its partners. Successful teams will then be given a chance to enter a cooperation with VERBUND or its use case partners Alperia, POST AG, OMV, voestalpine steel division, or RHI Magnesita.

A jury consisting of the members of the top management of VERBUND and its use case partners Alperia, POST AG, OMV, voestalpine steel division, and RHI Magnesita.

  • For the search field Innovative Carbon Capture Technology, management from OMV, voestalpine steel division, and RHI Magnesita will decide about further participation.
  • For the search field Innovative Carbon Utilization Technology, management from voestalpine steel division, RHI Magnesita, OMV, Alperia, and VERBUND will decide about further participation.
  • For the search field Advanced biomass to aviation fuels and chemicals, management from OMV will decide about further participation.
  • For the search field Heat Pumps: Retrofit technologies & services and innovative hardware (B2C), management from VERBUND will decide about further participation.
  • For the search field Advanced Data Analytics for Wind farms & PV plants, management from VERBUND will decide about further participation.
  • For the search field Innovative Energy Storage, management from VERBUND will decide about further participation.
  • For the search field Innovative solutions for PV surplus energy utilization, management from POST AG will decide about further participation.
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VERBUND

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Innovation Camp 2022: Selected applicants join us for a three-day event to build the solutions of the future.

We have received more than 190 impressive applications and are now excited to join forces with our amazing partners and selected applicants in our Innovation Camp from the 18th to the 20th of October to build solutions of the future.