2018 ERG ReGeneration Challenge

ERG Re-Generation Challenge, awards for the best three start ups

ERG Re-Generation Challenge, awards for the best three start ups
Salerno, 31 January 2019 – Prizes were awarded today to the best three business ideas submitted as part of the second edition of the ERG Re-Generation Challenge, the business plan competition launched by ERG in collaboration with dpixel to identify talent and highly innovative business ideas in the Energy saving, Infrastructure, Renewable energy, Smart grid, Green economy, Social innovation and Sharing economy sectors.

At the end of the event, held at Salerno Ferry Terminal with the support of the Sella Group, the jury consisting of managers, investors and local authority representatives chose the three best business ideas from among the 10 finalists.

Winner of the first prize, a grant of 30,000 euro, was Preinvel with a project to reduce microparticles. The 20,000 euro second prize was awarded to Secure Shelter for a real time structural monitoring system. The 10,000 euro third prize was awarded to Nanolead for an electrochemical storage project.

ERG Re-generation Challenge: final phase in Salerno. 10 start ups competing with sustainable energy and circular economy projects

ERG Re-generation Challenge: final phase in Salerno. 10 start ups competing with sustainable energy and circular economy projects
Genoa, 29 January 2019 – The final event of the second edition of the ERG Re-Generation Challenge, the business plan competition launched by ERG in collaboration with dpixel to identify talent and highly innovative business ideas in the Energy Saving, Infrastructure, Renewable Energy, Smart Grid, Green Economy, Social Innovation and Sharing Economy sectors, will take place on Thursday 31 January in Salerno.

The initiative forms part of ERG's Corporate Social Responsibility activities in support of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and in particular Goals 8 (Decent work and economic growth) and 9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure).

During the "scouting tour" across eight regions of Central and Southern Italy (Sicily, Sardinia, Calabria, Campania, Basilicata, Apulia, Molise and Umbria) organised with dpixel's "Barcamper" mobile office, 120 business projects from all over Italy were assessed, 10 of which passed the preliminary selection phases and will compete for the top three positions as finalists during the event organised in Salerno with the local support of the Sella Group.

The jury - consisting of managers, investors, academics and representatives of local authorities – will assign awards of 30,000, 20,000 and 10,000 euro to the best three business ideas during a live vote. The winners will receive their prizes from ERG Chairman Edoardo Garrone. During the event there will also be a round table on the status of innovation in Italy involving Governor of the Region of Campania Vincenzo De Luca, Executive Vice Chairman of ERG Alessandro Garrone and CEO of the Sella Group, Pietro Sella. The discussions will be moderated by Gianluca Dettori, Chairman of Primomiglio Sgr.

The ERG Re-Generation Challenge is open to start ups, small businesses and university spin offs from the various regions of Italy. During the selection phase 20 of these participants took part in a training course to fine-tune their respective projects and improve their entrepreneurial skills.

ERG Re-Generation Challenge 2018

ERG Re-Generation Challenge 2018
26 June 2018 – The second edition of the ERG Re-Generation Challenge 2018 business plan competition, organised by ERG in conjunction with dpixel, has been launched.

The project, which sets out to maximise opportunities for start-uppers and aspiring entrepreneurs by strengthening collaboration with innovators, universities, companies, local bodies and investors, is aimed at business initiatives with high innovative content, capable of giving a boost to the local economy at the same time. Entry is free.

The announcement and entry form for the business plan competition are published on the website www.barcamper.it. The first edition of the ERG Re-Generation Challenge involved Umbria, Lazio and Marche in the scouting phase for a total of 66 projects presented. The top three winners continued their business development path through contacts and agreements with leading companies in the energy sector.

The second edition of the ERG Re-Generation Challenge will be on a national scale, with a particular focus on the regions of Central-South Italy; it will kick off in July and finish in November 2018, being divided into three phases: project selection, training and prize-giving. 

The selection phase will be carried out by a team of experts from dpixel who will be promoting the initiative with a real road-show onboard the "Barcamper" mobile office in 10 cities: Sassari, Naples, Salerno, Potenza, Bari, Cosenza, Catania, Palermo, Campobasso and Terni.  40 business ideas will be selected to take part in two days of training about business modelling.

In the second phase, 20 projects will be selected from 40 to take part in a week long workshop during which a pool of mentors and experts will be providing their support to fine tune the business plans.

In the third phase, the 10 most interesting business ideas will be assessed by managers, sponsors and representatives from institutions in the areas involved, during a public event taking place in Palermo in November.  The three best plans will be awarded a sum of money, payable only if the plans are actually implemented.

ERG Re-Generation Challenge springs from ERG's desire to promote the development of innovative business in the green energy sectors and solutions applicable to energy production processes from renewable sources. The goal of dpixel, and its Barcamper programme in particular, is to identify and support the birth and growth of highly innovative businesses, facilitating the search for capital and connection with the industrial fabric.