The project will kick off with the startup fair on the 23rd of May. Here you will have the opportunity to introduce your product or service to a wide range of Salzburg AG board members, executives, and decision makers. The goal is to establish a first exchange between you and Salzburg AG. As an additional incentive, the best pitch will also receive a special prize.
Next, the innovation camp will provide you with the opportunity to identify the biggest pain points in the targeted innovation fields alongside one of the biggest players in the region. You will have the chance to develop new business ideas in interdisciplinary teams and/or to create new products and services. Successful projects will be eligible for a four-month acceleration phase.
As a startup with an innovative solution you will have the chance to establish yourself as a supplier or development partner or sell your innovative products or services through Salzburg AG.
Innovative customer solutions
Consumer, prosumer, business
Salzburg AG has realised that energy transition and digitalisation brings a lot of opportunities to its business ecosystem. Its customer base has become part of a digital society that needs to be engaged in a different way than in past decades.
Therefore, a major target of the Salzburg AG Innovation Challenge #2 is to utilise the innovative solutions of the startup community to identify new products and services for energy, mobility and telecommunication. Service integration, operation of decentralised assets, smart home solutions, and services related to smart-meters are examples of areas that are of particular interest.
Renewable energy and energy storage
All the electricity that Salzburg AG customers need comes from renewable sources – 90% of which is water power. However, this is not enough for a future with a growing demand for electricity.
Salzburg AG is looking for new technologies (hydro, PV, wind, biomass) and business models that are well suited to their needs as an energy supplier located in the heart of the Alps, serving a very demanding customer base. Furthermore, Salzburg AG is looking for innovative energy storage solutions at all scales (centralised and de-centralised), ranging from battery technology, charge management, and related business models.
Operation and maintenance of energy assets
Salzburg AG endeavors to achieve operational excellence in its highly diverse portfolio of assets, ranging from power plants to various types of network infrastructure.
The impact of digitalisation on the operation and maintenance of all Salzburg AG assets is of particular interest. Augmented Reality/AR (e.g. for training or remote maintenance), the deployment of drones, and holistic plant management approaches (process control, planning, forecasting, simulation) are all target areas.
With around 50 million passengers per year, Salzburg AG is the largest mobility provider in the region, operating the famous Salzburg trolley busses, local train lines, tourist transportation, and a dense network of charging stations for e-cars, as well as e-carsharing.
Salzburg AG would like to further improve the customer experience related to these mobility services, tackling issues like the optimisation of traffic streams, overall reduction of travel time and ecological footprint, and convenient payment systems.
Data analysis and forecasting
As consequence of the digitalisation of society, an increasing amount of data is at the company’s disposal. This includes data from internal sources, such as customer information (including smart meters soon) or the operational data of networks and plants, but also from external sources like energy trading, traffic flow or increasingly precise weather forecasts.
Salzburg AG is looking for ideas and concepts on how to use this data in fields such as customer care, energy trading, consumption and production forecast.
Salzburg AG for Energy, Transport and Telecommunications operates in important areas that contribute to the quality of life and economic development of Salzburg.
With Salzburg AG’s products and services for electricity, natural gas, long-distance and local heating, and transport, as well as CableLink products cable TV, internet, and telephony, they ensure reliable infrastructure for the citizens of the state of Salzburg. Their goal is to make the lives of the citizens of Salzburg more comfortable now and more sustainable for the future. In the 2016 financial year Salzburg AG recorded sales of EUR 1.06 billion, with some 2,062 employees, serving more than 400,000 customers.