Day 1- Startup Pitch Competition at Imperial College
The first day of Japan Energy Challenge opened with a networking reception at Imperial College London’s South Kensington campus. Programme sponsors were then given a tour of the facilities available at the Energy Futures Lab and listened to keynote speeches from academics and startups affiliated with the university.
Interspersed with breaks for coffee and lunch, the Japanese sponsors attended talks with featured guest speakers which included representatives from Octopus Energy, Energy Systems Catapult, EdF Energy and Igloo Energy, with the option of dedicated roundtable meetings.
This was followed by a series of early-stage startup pitches from all over Europe during the Startup Pitch Competition. Winner Poligy will be going to Japan for a chance to meet key decision-makers from our sponsor companies in their home market.
Day 2- Venture Competition at Radisson Blue Hotel
Yohei Kiguchi, founder of Japan Energy Challenge opened the programme’s second day with a speech in front of sponsors, officially launching the Venture Competition, our main event. Mr. Kiguchi opened the floor for the day’s pitches of mostly UK companies: Connected Energy, Green Energy Options, Kaluza, KiWi Power, Open Energi, Solargis (from Slovakia), EO Charging, Power Ledger (from Australia) and Switchd.
Each of the participants had the chance to meet one-on-one with sponsors interested in bringing a collaborative project to life during a series of meetings taking place throughout the day.
The day’s closing reception was held at the prestigious Oxford and Cambridge Club. Programme sponsors and participants were treated to Champagne and canapes under the venue’s magnificent oil paintings and sparkling crystal chandelier.
Day 3- Venture Competition at Radisson Blue Hotel
Opening Japan Energy Challenge’s third day were Paul Monroe, Program Director and Kensuke Nishimura, consultant from German publication Umwerlin, who discussed lessons learned from the decarbonisation of Germany’s energy sector.
The third day of JEC was dedicated to pitches of companies from the European Union, participants included EVBox, Heliatek, Lumenaza, tiko, Virta and Ezzing Solar. As in the previous day, all participants met with interested sponsors over the course of several one-on-one meetings throughout the day.
Day 4- Final day and Winners’ announcement
Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) representative Hiroyuki Kinoshita opened the fourth and final day of JEC with a speech on current retail energy market trends, followed by EnelX’s Fabrizio Gasbarri who gave an overview of his company’s activities in the cleantech sector. Yohei Kiguchi closed the Venture competition event with his final speech to this year’s sponsors.
Returning to JEC, alumni BrillPower, Powervault and Piclo updated old and new sponsors with news and announcements regarding their respective companies.
JEC’s closing reception and awards nomination was held at London’s prestigious Institute of Directors. Winning companies Connected Energy, Heliatek, EVBox and KiWi Power collected their trophies and celebrated with their peers. The four weren’t the only winners, as all participants were given the chance to set up a collaborative project with one or more of the sponsors. Follow this space for updates!