Portuguese online platform for households to manage their energy consumption, based on a challenge-based engine and communities is offering commercial agency, service agreement and subcontracting for households

OFFER from Portugal, reference: BOPT20161024001, valid from 27-10-2016 untill 01-02-2019

Business
  • Start date:
    27 oktober 2016
  • End date:
    1 februari 2019
  • Summary:
    A startup from Portugal, specialized in information and technology services for energy, is committed to solve the present and future challenges in the energy sector posed by the emergence of demand-side energy management.
    The startup is developing an interactive platform based on energy challenges and communities, leveraged by algorithms that analyse, optimize, and predict energy consumption, and seeks partners to establish commercial agency agreement; services agreement or subcontracting.
  • Description:
    A start-up from Portugal, specializing in information and technology services for energy, is committed to contribute to the ongoing changes in the energy sector – in Europe and in the world – which include more competition among service providers, distributed energy production, and horizontal energy companies specializing in different stages of energy provision.

    All this should be accompanied by a greater role of end consumers and a rise of importance of demand-side energy management.

    Competition and uncertainty are compelling energy companies to connect to end consumers to upsell and cross sell services, to provide tailored energy contracts, and to reward their best customers.

    On the user side, new market forces are demanding that consumers become more engaged: the energy market is becoming competitive, distributed micro-production is taking traction due to lower cost solar panels, and sustainability concerns are prevalent – however, people are disconnected from their energy consumption.

    Finally, there is a growing concern with pollution and climate change - companies seek a role in reducing their carbon footprint and be recognized as green and sustainable. The company positions itself in the emerging market of demand-side energy consumption, which in the future will be worth more than 100 billion euros worldwide.

    The Portuguese start-up is developing an online platform for households to manage their energy through community-based challenges. The company runs a cloud service that retrieves information from web connected meters and enables users to challenge each other, or be challenged by utilities or other sponsoring partners, into energy saving, spending, and cooperation challenges.

    The challenges enable matching energy demand with energy production – e.g. avoid peak consumption, or increase consumption to peak renewable production, which means increased profit margins (from 10% to 20%) for utilities, along with an innovative channel to relate to their customers and know more about them.

    For users the company brings savings, prizes, community engagement, and environmental impact for free, and special premium services for the most concerned users. For other partners, the company enables a CO2 conversion scheme that partners can use to convert services for the points users earn in the platform.

    The startup is seeking partnerships in the EU (and all over the world) consisting of:
    - A commercial agency agreement, so that this platform could be deployed in each specific market with the correct hardware compatibility and marketing partners;

    - A services agreement or subcontracting, if there are partner companies interested in subscribing to this services; with energy meter and other Internet of Things device companies that would be willing to add new functionalities to the hardware deployed.
Partner Sought
  • Type of Partnership Considered:
    Services agreement, Subcontracting, Commercial agency agreement
  • Technical Specification or Expertise Sought:

    Company is seeking hardware partners that develop devices for households related to the internet of things, which allow monitoring any kind of household consumption (electricity, gas, water, waste), or that enables control of any household device or appliance that consumes resources. The devices should feature web connectivity, so that compatibility with the portuguese platform can be ensured.

    The startup was designed to fit energy market structures with a significant level of technology - particularly those where web-connected devices are more widespread.

    The startup thus believe that EU market, the US market, some Asian markets, and some South American markets could be atractive markets for the company’s product.

    Therefore the startup is looking forward to:

    - acquiring specific knowledge about these energy markets (identification of main actors and institutions);

    - pursuing strategic partnerships with key stakeholders;

    - understanding whether the product, as is, would be a good fit to all these markets, or if other features/functionalities would be required and developed specifically for a given market.


    The startup are seeking partnerships in the EU (and all over the world) consisting of:

    - A commercial agreement with technical assistance, so that this platform could be deployed in a given market with the correct hardware compatibility and marketing partners;

    - A services agreement or subcontracting, if there are partner companies interested in subscribing to this services;

    - A Service agreement with technical cooperation agreement with energy meter and other Internet of Things device companies that would be willing to add new functionalities to the hardware deployed.

    SME 11-50,University,Inventor,R&D Institution,SME <10,>500 MNE,251-500,SME 51-250,>500

Organisation
  • Development stage:
    Prototype available for demonstration
  • IPR Status:
    Trade Marks
  • Market keywords:
    Applications software
    Distributed power and grid connection
    Metering and monitoring
    Energy for private/domestic housing
    Energy for the community/public sector
  • Technology keywords:
  • NACE keywords:
    Web portals
  • Advantages and Innovations:
    Compant innovation lies on the combination of a challenge system for the users, a unique community building mechanism, and a combination of algorithms for household management. The challenge mechanism enables matching energy demand with energy production – e.g. avoid peak consumption, or increase consumption during peak renewable production. Users benefit because they save energy and money, win points that can be traded for prizes and rewards, become engaged in a community, and have a positive impact in the environment. Special premium services will be available for large households and prosumers. Energy companies who partner with this company can know more about their costumers, relate to them through a new and innovative channel, and increase their profit margins through enhanced energy consumption prediction. For other partners, enables a CO2 conversion scheme that partners can use to convert services for the points users earn in the platform.
Client
  • Type and Size of Organisation:
    Industry SME <= 10
  • Already Engaged in Trans-National Cooperation
    Nee
  • Year Established:
    2014
  • Turnover:
    <1M
  • Country of origin:
    Portugal
  • Languages spoken
    • English
    • French
    • Portuguese
    • Spanish
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