Singapore Power (SP) has launched the Free Electrons Global Accelerator programme (, which aims to bring together utilities and startups to innovate and co-create the next generation of ideas and clean energy solutions for the industry.

The programme is initiated by eight international utilities - SP, AusNet Services, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), Electricity Supply Board (ESB), Energias de Portugal (EDP), innogy, Origin Energy and Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) which together represent a global footprint covering 73 million end customers across more than 40 countries, with a combined net income of US$148 billion.

The programme is supported by two accelerator partners from Silicon Valley - New Energy Nexus and swissnex San Francisco - which have extensive networks in the innovation ecosystem and have the experience and expertise in connecting innovators.

Twelve start-ups will be selected to participate in the six-month long accelerator programme, consisting of three separate week-long "customer adoption" modules in Silicon Valley (San Francisco), Lisbon and Dublin, and Singapore.

Applications open on Jan 9 and will close on Feb 28. Selected startups will be announced in April.

A cornerstone of the accelerator program includes three international modules across the globe, where participants will work closely with local accelerators, utilities, mentors and other resources in order to jump-start their company’s growth.

29 April – 6 May, 2017

24 June – 30 June, 2017

30 June – 1 July, 2017

16 September – 23 September, 2017

The article was first published on The Business Times on 9th January 2017.


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