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The competition is designed for youth students entrepreneurs providing the opportunity to show innovative solutions in the form of entrepreneurial idea or plan taking up today’s environmental challenges in terms of technology, sustainability and business creation. The prizes in the competition comprise travel and hotel expenses coverage which will enable the winners to have a chance to present their plan in front of the big audience at the 7th edition of Environmental Protection and Energy Conference organized by the Silesian University of Technology in Gliwice, Poland. Year by year this event gathers over 200 people from all around the world. Participation brings a lot of benefits such as networking with specialists, not only from the academic community but also from the industry, hearing about trends that the energy sector is moving towards. In addition. after every edition of EPAE Conference organizers publish the Conference Monograph comprising all articles written by conference speakers. 

Who can apply?

The competition is for students currently enrolled in one of the 8 InnoEnergy Master School programmes:

  • Master’s in Renewable Energy

  • Master’s in Energy for Smart Cities

  • Master’s in Environmental Pathways for Sustainable Energy Systems

  • Master’s in Smart Electrical Networks and Systems

  • Master’s in Energy Storage

  • Master’s in Energy Transition

  • Master’s in Nuclear Energy

  • Master’s in Energy Technologies

Ideas wanted

  • Creative solution

  • Social and environmental impact

  • Uniqueness and innovation

  • Economic justification

  • Contribution to sustainability development

  • Following circular economy assumptions

How does it work? 

  1. Competitors send in 3 min. videos in which they present their ideas that fit in the NABC approach

  2. Judges select 5 winners on the basis of creativity, quality, compliance with the competition profile

  3. Winners are provided with travel tickets and accommodation during the conference which allows them to share their ideas and viewpoints throughout international networking

  4. Selected students are supposed to give 15 min. pitch at the EPAE Conference supported with the written article that will be published in Conference Monograph

Judging Committee

Experts panel of judges including:

  • Krzysztof Pikoń - Energy Transition Programme Director

  • Magdalena Bogacka - Energy Transition Event Organizer

  • Florian Bauer - ENTECH Programme Coordinator

  • Maciej Majchrowski - Business Creation Manager, EIT InnoEnergy Central Europe

  • Wojciech Szwajnoch - Project Manager of 7th EPAE Conference





Applications open
Starting date for sending videos via email



20th September



14th November



19th November



20th November



6th December



Applications closing
Deadline to complete the application



Selection of the Winners
Review of all the applications by Judging Committee



Winners Announcement
Competition results published followed by personal instructions



EPAE Conference
Pitch presentation in front of EPAE audience on the main stage