EIT InnoEnergy Career Impact Challenges: Winners Showcase

Are you interested in hearing from the brightest young minds? Are you keen to hear about new approaches to existing problems? Are you after new and disruptive ideas?

If you answered “yes” to any of the above, then look no further than this year’s virtual EIT InnoEnergy Career Impact Challenges session.

In this special session, the winning innovative and sustainable solutions developed by teams of students from EIT InnoEnergy’s Career Impact Programme (CIP) to real-life challenges in the energy industry today were showcased.

The CIP is a 12-month professional development programme, fully aligned with EIT InnoEnergy Master’s Programmes, and designed to equip students with a rock-solid understanding of industry requirements and the realities of working life.

The CIP culminates in the EIT InnoEnergy Career Impact Challenges, where students get a unique opportunity to put their learning into practice by solving real-life challenges posed by energy sector practitioners.

This year, the challenges were posed by Enel, McKinsey Energy Insights and Smart Innovation Norway.

The Challenges are:

  • Utilities are data-rich organisations. However, how can they successfully monetise their B2B data, creating a new business with genuine value?
  • How will COVID-19 change the long-term energy landscape, taking into consideration that the pandemic has caused a staggering short-term drop in global energy demand?
  • Develop sustainable business models for the pilot sites to achieve low-carbon communities in the E-LAND Project.

Moderator: Ketan Makwana, CEO & Founder, Enterprise Lab

Mentoring Speakers:

  • Francesco Cinalli, Project Leader – Business Incubation, Enel Innovation Hubs
  • Magdalena Wlodarczak, Associate, McKinsey Energy Insights
  • Farhan Farrukh, Researcher – Smart Energy Technologies, Smart Innovation Norway

After each Challenge presentation from the mentoring company, the winning IET InnoEnergy Student Group was announced and gave a short presentation on their solution.


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