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‘Energy2b’ Transforming energy innovations into new business start-ups

From Autumn 2009, students at the University of Sheffield will be exploring possible ways to ‘Make an Energy Diffrerence’ by convering ‘eco energy’ innovations into new business start-ups.

The University of Sheffield Management School has been award a Euro 1.1m grant from the European Commission Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation (EACI) as part of the ‘Intelligent Energy – Europe’ programme of initiatives.  The project draws together academic and commercial partners with expertise in entrepreneurship and energy innovations from across ten European countries.  ‘Energy2b’ will stimulate innovation through targeting university students in five European countries (UK, Portugal, Poland, Slovenia and Bulgaria) and challenging them to create new energy-friendly business start-ups.  An internationally accessible web platform will be developed through which students can submit their entires into local competitions via a ‘plug and play’ facility.   The sustainable web platform will also be extended to experts and other relevant actors regarding energy innovations.

The project is being led by Dr Denise Fletcher from the Management School’s Centre for Regional Economic and Enterprise Development (CREED). Denise comments that ‘ This is a fantastic opportunity for our students to think creatively and explore some really exciting possibilities.  The competition is multi-disciplinary so any student can enter.  The best innovations are selected for boot camp and follow up services provided by a combined team of business planning, energy and investment experts from the five countries involved.

Ten of the best energy-innovations will be showcased at each university location and five of the best ideas will be selected for display at a high profile European exhibition.  This is a great opportunity for students of the University of Sheffield to display their entrepreneurial skills and win free business support and promotion for their ideas’.

For further information or ideas from students or organisations with an interest in energy innovations, please contact Dr Fletcher at denise.fletcher@sheffield.ac.uk