Analysis on pilot actions undertaken by Energeia Partners
Incubateur Paca-est, the French partner of ENERGEIA, presented an analysis that outlines the differences and the points in common between partners in pilot actions’ implementation. Furthermore, the analysis presents the first results and conclusions of the set of pilot actions that are currently running. The main differences registered are linked to:
Local RE sector (companies creation rate, technology & research, business support infrastructure),
Partner organization (inner business support services or not, geography, existing tools, targets).
Pilot Action 1: varied ways to implement
The pilot actions 1 are all shaped as capacity building process with specific content needed by RE sector. However the subjects of business support varied from partner to partner: technical, marketing, legislation, HR, Business models included, and also Energeia inputs from mapping activities.
In this phase links with other Energeia components have been successfully undertaken. In particular, there was a great opening to local players that enabled to foster local RE cooperation. In fact, the pilot actions 1 have involved not only private consulting agencies but also networking and technology transfer organizations, as universities and research institutions, policy makers and start-ups, etc.
Pilot Action 2: Support for RE start-ups
As part of second set of actions, a support program was widely adopted by the project partners. The main activities undertaken and tools used during the scouting and mentoring events were the following:
Tools developed from Pilot Actions 1 (BMG Canvas, market discovery, Lean startup, value networks, BP, HR profiling, etc.).
Set of workshops and seminars with external experts.
From feasibility to search for real-scale pilots.
Ideas for transnational actions integrated in “Create the net” event.
With Pilot Action 2, 32 start-ups were supported and the analysis highlights that mostly all the partners have adopted a common criteria to select the start-ups, based on existing start-ups and business ideas. Each partner has assessed from 2 to 6 start-ups and it has been registered that the business ideas in the RE sector were mainly linked to the development of new ICT technologies.
First returns on the set of pilot actions
For 50% of the partners it was the first start-up support program.
The sectorial focus enabled to strengthen the network in the renewable energy sector.
A strong need for support in this fast-moving sector of RES and new business generation is not a very strong natural flow.