Free Electrons Global Startup

Deadline: January 31st, 2020

The Free Electrons program consists of 4 one-week-long modules held across the globe during the course of one year.

During each module the Free Electrons community of experts including The Utilities, local accelerators and mentors support the startups to jump-start their business during one-on-one meetings and structured group sessions.

Startups can refine their value proposition, trial and test technology and gain access to invaluable resources, advice and support from around the globe.

How does a startup apply to Free Electrons?

Free Electrons has its own application form on You can apply via the external link here or go directly to and select the “Apply to Accelerators” link at the bottom of the page, then type “Free Electrons” in the search bar.

To start your application process you will need to login or create a new account on using your LinkedIn account, Facebook profile, or email address.

It typically takes a couple of hours to complete your application.

Please note, once your application has been submitted, The Utilities will be able to review immediately. Any edits made subsequent to your initial submission are unlikely to be reviewed.



23rd – 26th March **

The top 30 finalists will showcase their solutions and their teams through a fast paced pitch event and participate in intense one-on-one meetings with utilities. The closing of the Bootcamp will see successful startups go on to participate in the remaining three modules.

Post Bootcamp:
Preliminary discussions, Define road maps, Pilot and project scoping.

  • SYDNEYModule 11st – 4th June **Module one focuses on matching solutions with concrete challenges to outline a collaborative roadmap for the first pilots between startup and utility. Through further one-on-one meetings, the pilot scope is clearly defined, and solutions are being contracted. Working with mentors and learning from successful case studies, participants will be given insight into the utility piloting process, advice on pitching to corporates and explore the inner workings of large corporations.
  • Post Module 1:
    Refine, Pilot and project scoping, Guidance and development with mentors and open innovation partner (Beta-i).
  • SAO PAULOModule 231st August – 3rd September **Startups and utilities continue to collaborate to refine the scope of more potential pilot projects, commercial transactions and/or investment contracts. At module two, startups are given the opportunity to present on progress made with their first pilots and ideate new approaches.Post Module 2:
    Pilot testing, Guidance and development with mentors and open innovation partners (Beta-i), Pivot, Scaling and growth
  • DUBAIModule 316th – 19th November **Module three focuses on concluding negotiations and defining projects for scaling and growth prospects. This is not the end – opportunities will continue to be developed outside of module three. A final pitch event and an award ceremony before the Free Electrons consortium, guests and representatives of the local innovation ecosystem will take place.

All accommodation and travel costs covered by the program.


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