EIT InnoEnergy has an illustrious history of helping students create their own start-ups, with many exciting new companies being born during their studies! It’s no surprise since EIT InnoEnergy Master School programmes are focused on providing a double master’s degree in energy engineering, innovation, and entrepreneurship – and students are given an all-access pass to Europe’s largest energy ecosystem. It’s a proven recipe for success. Here are just a few of the InnoEnergy Master School alumni who have successfully launched their start-ups in recent years and the latest exciting news they’ve shared with us!
reLi provides software for energy storage solutions to increase profitability, reduce emissions, and extend their lifetime. Former MSc SENSE student Laura Laringe shares, “We began during our studies at the ESADE summer school, where we thought of a solution to address EV battery waste by refurbishing and enabling their use as second-life batteries. The lifespan was too short, so we shifted into developing software to fix this.” In 2022-2023, reLi received around €200K in grant prizes and installed its prototype and paid pilot project successfully – and looks forward to expanding their team and developing a final product by the end of the year. Laura adds, “EIT InnoEnergy provided me with a well-rounded education, including essential business knowledge that I wouldn’t have obtained in a traditional degree program. This combination of technical expertise and business has equipped me with what I needed to start my own company.”
These success stories show what young entrepreneurs can achieve when they take a solid idea, put in the hard work, and have a supportive innovation ecosystem behind them. InnoEnergy provides students access to Europe’s largest, most dynamic, and diverse energy community that already supports 500+ startups, about 50 of them alumni created! So, where will your ideas and EIT InnoEnergy’s support take YOU? Explore our master’s programmes here.
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