MSc Energy for Smart Cities: Master Thesis Price 2015 – Win €500!

In order to stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship among future game changers, KIC InnoEnergy’s Master Programme ‘Energy for Smart Cities’ and KIC InnoEnergy Benelux will award an annual prize for the best master’s thesis on innovation and the best on entrepreneurship.

The awards consist of two prizes worth €500 each for the two winning thesis and the engagement of the Business creation team of KIC Benelux to further analyse the innovative and entrepreneurial potential.

For the 2015 edition of this Master Thesis Prize, the organization is opening the application to other KIC InnoEnergy master students addressing challenges related to Energy for Smart Cities. For instance, integration of renewable energy in buildings, storage in households or electromobility in smartgrids might be student topics of RENE, SELECT or SENSE master programmes among others.

All applicants will be able to participate in the Master Thesis Forum, taking place July 1st in the afternoon in Brussels, Belgium, in the framework of the Summer School 2015.
Attendance to the Master Thesis Forum is not mandatory. We want you to be able to share your work and ideas regardless of where you need to be or what you are planning to do this day. For that reason, online participation through online connection will also be enabled.


In order to apply, we request you to submit a video presenting your master thesis in the field of Energy for Smart Cities and completed in the academic course 2014-2015. The video must have a maximum duration of 3 minutes. In this presentation we expect you to effectively communicate the innovation and/or entrepreneurial potential of your master thesis work. The creativity and originality of your presentation will also be very valuable. Check the evaluation criteria below.

A few tips for a successful video:

  • Make sure we clearly hear you, don’t use only text. In English, of course!
  • Appear in the video, we want to see you presenting!
  • Creativity and positive energy is highly valued.
  • Do not forget to introduce yourself and mention the universities you’ve been studying at for your master.

E-mail a link to download your video before June 28th to We recommend standard online sharing tools, s.a. Dropbox, Google Drive, wetransfer, etc. to produce the link to your video.

Don’t forget to include your contact details in the e-mail as well. Once we receive the email with the link we’ll confirm the successful download of the video.

Share your application: Master Thesis Forum – July 1st

During the afternoon of July 1st, according to the schedule of the Summer School, we will project all the submitted videos to the present audience, comprised of the participants of the Summer School and the Jury.

After each video, the Jury will be able to ask questions to the participating student, present at the site or available online (not mandatory).

We encourage you also to apply if you are not able to participate at all on the 1st of July, we want to have your video-presentation participating for the prize as well. Just make sure your video will leave very little room for questions to the Jury!

Time schedule

The deadline for the submission of videos is June 28th 2014, midnight (CEST).

The jury will announce the two winning thesis during the dinner following the Master Thesis Forum on July 1st 2014.

The prizes will be presented to the winners in this same dinner, in case he/she is attending. If any of the winners is not attending the Forum, the organisation will contact him/her to request his/her postal details in order to send the prize before July 31st.

The Jury

The jury consists of 4 experts in the research area and business creation of Energy and Smart Cities:

  • Klaas J. Schuring – CEO KIC InnoEnergy Benelux
  • Wieneke Huijben – Business Creation Manager for Smart and Efficient Buildings and Cities
  • Jan Caris – Business Coach of innovative start-ups
  • Johan Driesen – Professor at KU Leuven and Programme Director of MSc Energy for Smart Cities

The decision will be made based on a regular majority in the Jury and is irrevocable.

Evaluation criteria

The video-presentations will be evaluated on the basis of three independent criteria:

Scientific/Innovation value

  • Problem statement
  • Review of the state-of-the-art
  • Key innovation/methodology
  • Interpretation of the solution/results
  • Quantification of the expected impact (energy savings, reliability/safety, …)
  • Conclusions/ Future challenges

Entrepreneurial value

  • Industry/Stakeholder involvement
  • Business case
  • Market potential
  • Disruptive impact
  • Game changer attitude
  • Creativity


  • Originality
  • Support material, s.a.: presentation, poster, or prototype.
  • Communication skills
  • Time management
  • Quality of image/sound

Further information

For more information regarding the submission of the video-presentation, please contact:

Mar Martinez

KIC InnoEnergy MSc Energy for Smart Cities