VERBUND X Accelerator - The Energy & Infrastructure Innovation Platform

VERBUND X Accelerator

The Energy & Infrastructure Innovation Platform

Powered by VERBUND and Partners

New edition coming Summer 2021.

Work with VERBUND and with Austria’s leading companies on the future of energy and infrastructure

Are you ready to accelerate your business and test your solutions in the energy and infrastructure industries? VERBUND and its partners are looking for startups, technology companies and SMEs to develop new business opportunities. Work in one team with VERBUND’s employees and its partners – Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft, OMV, Post, ÖBAG, Erste Group, voestalpine, Green Tech Cluster, Stanford Nanoscale Prototyping Laboratory and RISE. Benefit from top-management involvement for fast decision-making regarding the project implementation.

VERBUND is Austria’s largest and climate-friendliest electricity producer and one of the largest producers of electricity from hydropower in Europe. About 95% of its electricity is generated from hydropower, supplemented by wind and thermal power. VERBUND operates 127 hydropower plants in Austria and Germany and trades in electricity in 12 countries. With its approximately 3.000 employees, VERBUND has a revenue of 2.9 billion euros.

Together with you, VERBUND and its partners want to create solutions that shape the future of energy and infrastructure and secure the supply chain. Join forces with all these strong partners and help to develop innovative business solutions.

Application deadline: 26.07.2020 (Application closed)

Vienna, Austria (optional remotely)

  • Energy Forecast
  • Energy Storage
  • Hydrogen
  • Photovoltaic Solutions
  • Underwater Inspection
  • Infrastructure Solutions
  • Maintenance, Service & Monitoring

VERBUND’s Partner


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Startups & SMEs wanted!

Pitch your solution and shape the future of energy and infrastructure. Join the VERBUND X Accelerator now.
Questions? Contact us

Ed VerbundEdward Feltmann
Startup Engagement Manager,
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Johanna Zauner +43 660 9386 527


VERBUND is Austria’s leading utility and one of the largest producers of hydroelectricity in Europe. The Group generates around 95 % of its electricity from renewable energy, primarily from hydropower. VERBUND trades electricity in 12 countries and generated around € 3.9 bn in annual revenue in 2019 with approximately 2,800 employees. With its subsidiaries and partners, VERBUND is active in the generation of electricity, transmission and in international trading and sales. VERBUND has been quoted on the Vienna Stock Exchange since 1988 with 51 % of the share capital being held by the Republic of Austria.

Statement of Michael Strugl – Vice Chairman of the Board, VERBUND AG

Join VERBUND X Accelerator –
The Energy & Infrastructure Innovation Platform

Kickstart your product or service with the new and exciting innovation program.

Boost your business by working directly with the right in-house point of contact in the search fields such as hydropower, storage solutions, energy efficiency or infrastructure of the future.

Search Fields

We are looking for startups offering B2B and B2C solutions in the following fields:

Energy Management Forecasts

VERBUND currently forecasts 5.000 metering points for customers in the B2B sector. Due to the smart-meter-roll-out, new and more flexible products in the market the demand for forecasts will by multiplied and the methods need to continuously adopt to the new framework conditions. VERBUND and its partners are searching for smart, load forecasting tools that combine several forecast methods and that can be continuously adopted as well as are able to detect errors.

  • Energy Storage
  • Big Data Analytics
  • Asset Management
  • Forecast Optimization

Energy Efficiency Optimization

We are looking for solutions in the field of energy efficiency optimization of many different assets. Possible solutions could be alternative battery storage systems for application with industrial customers, such as hybrid and supercapacitor battery storage. Some other solutions are data analysis and simulation of distribution network operators, aggregation techniques for energy flexibility, solutions for load peak reduction and completely new business models.

  • Energy Efficiency
  • Data Analysis
  • Energy Flexibility
  • Urban Energy Storage

Hydropower Inspection Solutions

We are searching for various solutions and tools for the inspection of hydropower plants, such as precise underwater measurement of turbines, photo/video evaluations during underwater inspections, generation of 3D models for underwater asset management and autonomous hydrographic surveying (bathymetry).

  • Underwater Inspection
  • Hydropower Plants
  • Underwater Asset Management
  • 3D Models
  • Inspection Technology

Next Level PV

We are looking for innovative photovoltaics solutions for a number of different use cases, such as combined use of agricultural green space and energy production with an overall benefit for the land owner and VERBUND, optimal positioning of the PV on the water, innovative solutions for anchoring floating PV in the water reservoir of pumping storage power plants with very high change of water level as well as solutions for PV systems on diversion channels in hydroelectric power plants.

  • Photovoltaic solutions
  • Agrivoltaics
  • Floating PV
  • Solar Technology
  • PV Remote Control

Hydrogen Storage & H2 Security of Supply

VERBUND and its use case partner OMV are searching for safe and cost-efficient storage solutions for large quantities of green hydrogen or an H2 carrier, so that it can be made available on demand locally and used to generate electricity in a fuel cell or an H2 gas power plant. Container-based and modular hydrogen storage solutions wanted.

  • Alternative Hydrogen Storage
  • Alternative Hydrogen Carriers
  • Secure Supply
  • Green Hydrogen

Infrastructure of the Future

VERBUND and its use case partners Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft and Post are looking for solutions for maintenance, service and monitoring of assets and critical infrastructure. Solutions can be provided by innovative companies in the field of 3D spare part printing, monitoring and optimization of assets, remote maintenance of assets as well as overall maintenance solutions (repair, overhaul, diagnostics, digital twins).

  • infrastructure
  • remote maintenance
  • service and monitoring
  • critical assets
  • 3d printing

What’s in it for you?

Receive a proof-of-concept budget

Get dedicated budget to develop a proof-of-concept (PoC) project and accelerate your success.

Structured process and fast decision-making

Benefit from top-management involvement for fast decision-making regarding the implementation right at the Demo Day event.

Get access to a large customer base

Get access to the customer base of Austria’s largest energy and infrastructure companies

Get access to valuable resources

Meals, travel and accommodation expenses for the events are covered.

Expert mentoring

Accelerate your business idea through expert mentoring and benefit from the mentors’ industry knowledge.

Get strong and dedicated partners

Enter a partnership with one of Austria‘s leading companies, successfull and experienced industry leaders. Work with company experts in one team.

The Journey

(Extension 02.08.2020)

Application Deadline

Remote Pitches

Innovation Camp

acceleration phase

Acceleration Phase Kickoff

Demo Day

Successful Launch or Cooperation

VERBUND’s Partners

Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft m.b.H.

Besides being one of Austria’s largest property owners, BIG specialises in developing, planning, and building educational facilities, government buildings and special use properties, as well as office and residential properties through its subsidiary ARE Austrian Real Estate. BIG accompanies the properties through their entire life cycle.


OMV produces and markets oil and gas, innovative energy and high-end petrochemical solutions – in a responsible way. With Group sales of EUR 23 bn and a workforce of around 20,000 employees in 2019, OMV Aktiengesellschaft is one of Austria’s largest listed industrial companies. OMV supports the transition to a lower-carbon economy and has set measurable targets for reducing carbon intensity and introducing new energy and petrochemical solutions.

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Austrian Post is the leading logistics and postal services provider in Austria. The branch network of Austrian Post ranks among the largest private customer networks in the country, offering high-quality postal, banking and telecommunications products and services to its customers throughout Austria.

ÖBAG logoÖBAG – Austrian State Holding

ÖBAG exemplifies active investment management in the best interests of all Austrians. It takes targeted steps to promote growth and innovation and consolidate Austria’s position as a place to do business. ÖBAG has a portfolio of eleven companies that play a vital role in making Austria a great place to do business. These include listed companies such as OMV AG, Telekom Austria AG and Österreichische Post AG. Verbund AG, which is also listed, is managed by ÖBAG on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Finance.

Erste Group

Erste Group is the leading financial services provider in the eastern part of the EU, with ca. 47,000 employees serving over 16 million customers. In addition, Erste Group has established itself as a leading banking partner for SMEs and large corporates in CEE, as well as a key player in the capital markets in its region.

Green Tech Cluster

The Green Tech Valley is the globally leading hotspot for climate & circular solutions located in the South of Austria. The Green Tech Cluster drives the dynamic development of this outstanding innovation ecosystem with 220 companies and research institutions. The cluster provides support for R&D project development, assessment of technology trends and market opportunities. In the Green Tech Hub we offer start-ups and technology leaders the opportunity to grow together at the Green Tech Hotspot.


voestalpine is a globally leading steel and technology group with a unique combination of materials and processing expertise. With its top-quality products, it is a leading partner to the automotive, aerospace, energy, railway and consumer goods industry. voestalpine is fully committed to the global climate goals and is working intensively to develop technologies which will allow it to decarbonize and reduce its CO2 emissions over the long term.

RISE Corporate Innovation Powerhouse

RISE is a Regional Corporate Innovation Powerhouse based in Southeast Asia. Our vision is to become #1 Corporate Innovation and Startup Accelerator in SE and our mission is to drive 1% of GDP for Thailand and Southeast Asia through our unique Corporate Innovation Platform – RISE Accelerator, RISE University and, RISE Venture.  RISE accelerates corporates and governments to become more innovative and succeed in the faster future.

Stanford Nanoscale Prototyping Laboratory

The Laboratory addressing fundamental issues on energy conversion and storage at the nanoscale. We employ a wide range of nano-fabrication technologies to build prototype fuel cells and capacitors with induced topological electronic states. We are testing these concepts and novel material structures with the help of atomic layer deposition, scanning tunneling microscopy, impedance spectroscopy and other technologies. In addition, we use atomic scale modeling to gain insights into the nature of charge separation and recombination processes.

Startups & SMEs

Join VERBUND X Accelerator – The Energy & Infrastructure Innovation Platform! Grow your business with the help of VERBUND and its partners. Get access to resources and markets, exchange ideas, and discuss potential long-term cooperation.

Are you ready for the challenge?

Join VERBUND and its partners in building innovative solutions

Program Mentors

Franz Zöchbauer
Director Corporate Innovation
and New Business, VERBUNDlinkedin2

Matthias Plattner  Head of Property & Facility Management Austria, Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft
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Angelika Zartl-Klik Angelika Zartl-Klik
Senior Vice President HSSE & New Energy Solutions, OMV linkedin2


Michael AndraeMichael Andrae  Central Innovation Responsible,
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Stefan Höglinger APGStefan Höglinger Team Leader Corporate Development – Strategy & Innovation, Austrian Power Gridlinkedin2


Martin Holzinger  Head of Strategy,
Österreichische Beteiligungs AG
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Clemens Müller  Tribe Lead Corporates & Markets,
George Labs (R&D unit of Erste Group)

Bernhard Puttinger Greentech ClusterBernhard Puttinger
Green Tech Clusterlinkedin2


Christian PreßlmayerChristian Preßlmayer  Head of Strategy,

kidSuperchai Kid Parchariyanon  CEO,

Fritz Prinz  Professor/ Chair,
Stanford Nanoscale Prototyping Laboratory


What happens, if I can't travel due to COVID-19?

If traveling is not possible due COVID-19 we will facilitate the workshops and events for the program remotely. Otherwise the Innovation Camp (21.- 23.09.2020), the Acceleration Kick-off Workshop (30.09.2020) and the Demo Day (26.11.2020) will take place in Vienna, Austria.

Are travel and accommodation expenses covered?

Yes, reasonable travel expenses (transportation to and from Vienna, accommodation for non-residents) will be reimbursed following VERBUND travel expenses rules (train, flight economy, taxi/rental car/own car if necessary). However, if the event won’t take place on site but remotely, no travel and accommodation expenses will be covered.

What is the working language?

Please hand in workshop input, documentation, and pitches in English. While you are working in your team the language of your choice can be spoken.

Is it necessary to travel to Vienna for this event?

If traveling is possible (depending on COVID-19 travel restrictions), it is mandatory to attend the Innovation Camp, the Kick-Off Workshop and the Demo Day at the end of the program (if you are among the selected startups). Events are taking place in Vienna. Depending on the team, there are also 2-3 on-site meetings during the Acceleration (Proof-of-Concept) phase. In case traveling won’t be possible we will facilitate the workshops and events remotely.

Are only startups from the energy and infrastructure sector included?

No. We are equally interested in startups and also SMEs working on technologies, solutions or services that could be used for the energy and infrastructure industry but have not yet provided an application in this field.

How can I apply for this program?

Apply here on the landing page by clicking on one of the “Apply now” buttons and fill out the application form and provide the core information about your company. It takes approximately 15 minutes to register and present your startup. If we require further information, we will contact you for a personal interview.
Application deadline is the 26th of July 2020, 23:59 CET (Extension until 2nd of August!)

What happens after my application?

The best startups will be invited to  a remote pitch in front of the top managers and domain experts from VERBUND and its partners to discuss their business model, technology, and potential use cases. Successful candidates will then be invited to the Innovation Camp.

The selected startups will enter the Acceleration (Proof-of-Concept) phase and will pitch at the final event in front of top management of VERBUND and its partners. Successful teams will then be given the chance to enter a cooperation with VERBUND or its use case partners Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft, OMV, Post and Austrian Power Grid.

How does the selection process work?

The call is open until the 26th of July, 2020, 23:59 CET and all applications will be reviewed during the following weeks. Admission is on a rolling basis.

After an objective rating of all applications, you will get the notification in case you are among the top selected startups, who are invited to present their ideas with a remote pitch.
For the use case Infrastructure of the Future, management from VERBUND, Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft, Post and Austrian Power Grid will decide about further participation.

For the use case Hydrogen Storage & H2 Security of Supply, management from VERBUND and OMV will decide.

For all other use cases, management from VERBUND will decide.

What is the Innovation Camp?

It’s a three-days workshop (21.-23.09 in Vienna), where startups, as well as domain experts and top management from VERBUND and its partners, will meet to identify open and critical questions and match between startup capabilities and requirements of VERBUND and its use case partners. Also there will be stated a clear common understanding of the next steps: field trials, PoC roadmap incl. budget, marketing scenarios, business case.

In case traveling won’t be possible (due to Covid 19 pandemic and travel restrictions) the Innovation Camp will be held remotely.

Is transportation and accommodation covered for the Innovation Camp?

Travel expenses are covered for up to 2 team members. Accommodation including breakfast is covered as well. Lunch and dinner will be provided at the event.

Who decides about the participation to the Acceleration Phase?

A jury consisting of the members of the top management of VERBUND and its use case partners Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft, OMV, and Post.

For the use case Infrastructure of the Future, management from VERBUND, Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft, and Post will decide about further participation.

For the use case Hydrogen Storage & H2 Security of Supply, management from VERBUND and OMV will decide.

For all other use cases, management from VERBUND will decide.

What is the difference between an Ecosystem Partner and a Use Case Partner?

Ecosystem partners are members of the overall VERBUND X Accelerator network. They will be involved in key events of the Program as guests and also can play an expert and mentoring role for startups and other partners. But they are not involved in decision making in the Selection and Acceleration Phases of the program.

Use case partners are also members of the overall VERBUND X Accelerator network. In addition, for Infrastructure of the Future (VERBUND, Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft, and Post), for Hydrogen Storage & H2 Security of Supply (VERBUND and OMV) and for all other use cases (VERBUND) they will be involved in decision making in the Selection and Acceleration Phases as well as partners with selected startups when participating in a Proof of Concept in the Acceleration Phase.

What does the budget during the Acceleration Phase include and how big is it?

Budget for testing, field trials and prototyping foreseen (amount depending on project scope, subject to negotiations), travel costs subsidized.

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