The smarter E Europe 2023: Start-Ups and Young Companies to the New Energy World Take Center Stage

Press release – Thursday, January 19, 2023

Munich/Pforzheim, January 19, 2023: The smarter E Europe 2023, Europe’s largest platform for the energy industry, offers a comprehensive overview of the latest developments and trends in the areas of renewable energies, decentralization and digitalization of the energy industry and presents cross-sector solutions from the electricity, heat and transport sectors. From June 14–16, 2023, Messe München will be hosting the exhibition across 176,000 square meters in 16 halls. 85,000 visitors are being expected – a great stage for start-ups and newcomers with support from the German government or the exhibition organizers.

Solar Promotion GmbH

The area for start-ups and newcomers at the The smarter E Europe innovation hub has been extremely successful: In 2022, 78 start-ups from 15 countries showcased their products. Many of them have written success stories, such as Voltfang GmbH, for example: In 2022, the company received funding from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action to present a commercial storage device made from second-life car batteries at the joint booth “Innovation Made in Germany”. The green storage device received the innovation prize of the storage industry, the ees AWARD. This year, Voltfang GmbH will already have its own 90 square meter-booth at The smarter E Europe.

Meeting new people and existing partners
At this year’s The smarter E, start-ups and newcomers will be presenting their innovations, products and business models for renewable energies, decentralization and digitalization, as well as for the energy industry and electromobility in hall B5. Cross-sector solutions linking electricity, heating and transportation will also be on display. The smarter E Europe offers manifold opportunities to meet potential investors, business angels, accelerators and incubators, as well as partners from all spheres of the energy industry.

There are three attractive exhibition packages for start-ups: Start-ups that are no more than five years old, with fewer than 50 staff members and with a maximum annual turnover of five million euros have the choice between the Newcomer Package and the Rising-Star Package. Germany-based companies founded no more than ten years ago, with fewer than 50 staff and a maximum annual turnover of ten million euros have the opportunity to present themselves at the joint booth “Innovation Made in Germany”, which is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action.

Attention and reach for Award finalists and winners
The wide range of services offered at The smarter E Europe innovation hub attracts young companies from across the entire spectrum of the new energy world. Competing for The smarter E AWARD, Intersolar AWARD and ees AWARD is a particularly appealing way to stand out and to get immense global exposure. 2023 will see the launch of the Power2Drive AWARD and the EM-Power AWARD. These awards honor the innovative products and projects driving the energy and e-mobility sectors that play a key role in the success of the new energy world. Companies may now enter their products, which will be assessed by an international panel of experts. Thanks to the resulting public attention, finalists and winners will be distinguishing themselves from their competition and may benefit from new business opportunities.

What’s more, young companies will have the opportunity to tell their success stories on the The smarter E Europe website. DieEnergiekoppler GmbH , for instance, talks about how the product Flexbilitätswerk (Flexibility Plant) mainly aggregates small energy systems. The Flexibilitätswerk is made up of swarmBOXes. These are self-learning control boxes that are connected to energy plants and serve as central coordination units. AI support and optimized management means it is possible to connect PV and wind power sites, heat pumps, fuel cells and battery storage systems in a cost-effective manner. Exnaton describes how their Software-as-a-Service platform “PowerQuartier” calculates renewable energy flows for local traders.

Further information for start-ups on how to participate can be found here .

Information on the awards and how to apply is available here .

The smarter E Europe, which encompasses four individual exhibitions (Intersolar Europe, ees Europe, Power2Drive Europe and EM-Power), will take place from June 14 to 16, 2023, at Messe München.

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