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    E4SM 2021

    4th edition

    The E4SM Awards is a contest open to startups established in the last 7 years, proposing innovative energy solutions for land, sea or air mobility

    15 French and foreign startups will be selected by the Forum organizers

    A prestigious jury of international dimension will decide between these finalists and 5 prizes will be awarded

    Why should you apply for this contest?

    Make your innovation known to key players in the energy and mobility sectors: industrials, investors, local authorities …
    Accelerate your development thanks to the international dimension of the Forum (300 participants from 13 countries in 2020)
    Benefit from high visibility: free booth in the Startup Village for the 15 finalists
    Win personalized prizes from our sponsors

    Pitch contest – in Marseille or online

    15 startups finalists
    5 minutes to present in english your innovation 
    + 2 minutes of exchanges with the jury

    Your time is precious: applying online will take less than 15 minutes!

    Registration is now closed

    3 categories - 3 winners and among them the E4SM 2021 Grand Prix + one Special public Award

    1 – Electric solutions: all types of mobility accepted (land, martime, air) – Innovation already commercialised 

    2 – Hydrogen and biogas solutions: all types of mobility accepted (land, maritime, air) – Innovation already commercialised 

    3 – All green energy solutions: all types of mobility accepted (land, maritime, air) – Innovation in progress, not yet commercialised

    Discover the 2020 winners

    For the 15 startup finalists

    Be part of the Startup Village
    Your free booth for 1 day
    Exhibition of your innovations
    Exceptional opportunities for BtoB appointments
    High media exposure

    Pitch session
    Award ceremony during the Prestige evening

    Selection criteria

    Innovation: competitive positioning – technological breakthrough
    Feasibility: quality of the business plan and sustainability of the business model
    Potential: economic relevance and market prospects
    Impact: economic and social benefits
    Quality of the management team: credibility, ability to carry the project/Attractiveness for VC

    The jury of experts

    Representatives of Business France, CEA, Demeter, EDF, Enedis, HSBC, SMEG, partner countries…


    Prizes for the winners

    Communication and visibility

    Communication campaign + Subscription to GreenUnivers 1 year + 1 Access to « mobility conferences » of Capenergies 1 year + Free stand in the Startup Village 

    + Special for the Grand Prix 2021: an interview on E4SM website

    Consulting services

    Legal advice by Watson Farley & Williams (0,5 day) + Export meeting with Business France + Bank financing meeting with HSBC

    + Special for the Grand Prix 2021: 2 days of consulting “financing an innovative project” by Axess Developpement

    Participants to the E4SM 2021 Forum will nominate, by electronic vote, the winner of the “Public Award”. There is no dotation for this prize, except communication.

    * See the details of the allocations in the « Terms and conditions 2021 »


    June 15th 2021

    Opening of call for proposals

    September 5th 2021

    Deadline for submission of applications

    September 8th 2021

     Selection of 15 startups finalists

    September 24th 2021

    Deadline for sending the pitch contest presentations in English

    October 6th 2021

    Pitch Competition and Award Ceremony