For the third time this year we invited E.ON managers and external investors to join our :agile demo:day at the E.ON Headquarter in Essen. The room was packed - a few chairs short, some of the approximately 100 guests had to stand on the side. The atmosphere was fantastic and the audience was watching start-up after start-up pitching their ideas and business models.
The ideas all with energy focus reached from super easy and automated switching of energy suppliers, to an off-grid solution for festival visitors, to reliable and scalable flow batteries up to crowd funding platform for sustainable solar projects and electric walkers for elderly.
The demo:day is always the highlight of the three-month accelerator phase. After the start-ups were supported by mentors, with know-how, seed capital and a broad network of partners, it is now a matter of securing the follow-up funding within the E.ON group or from external investors. All of the 13 start-ups that pitched are highly motivated to win investors but they were also nervous before they pitched. Some of them pitched for the first time in front of such a large audience. Between and after the presentations on demo:day, start-ups and investors mingled in the so called Open Forum and extensively discussed on customers, market potential and financing. Most of the convincing investors to invest happens in subsequent meetings. We will keep you updated on the progress of the investor talks.
Save the Date: The next :agile demo:day is scheduled for 30th September! It is open to everyone who likes to invest in our start-ups. Please contact Inga if you like to join. Bring a case full of money and see for yourself.