Endesa and entrepreneurs: attracting external talent
We are looking to promote communication and collaboration with start-ups and entrepreneurs given their capacity when it comes to disruptive innovation, their use of technology and, most importantly, their agility to develop and bring products and services to market in the shortest possible turnaround time.
Endesa, as part of the Enel Group, is open to the global innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem through 10 collaborative areas, the Enel Innovation Hubs, and 22 laboratories for start-ups. The Enel Innovation Hubs are located in significant centres of entrepreneurship and in the Group's strategic markets around the world: Brazil, Chile, Spain, Israel, Italy, Russia and the United States.
Madrid is the headquarters of the Enel Innovation Hub Europe, located in TheCube Madrid, a space created by and for entrepreneurs with a focus on the Internet of Things, Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, where European start-ups are prospected and the relationship with the continent's main innovation ecosystems is developed for the entire Group.
In November 2022, the Enel Innovation Hub Europe also opened its headquarters in Barcelona, whose main objective is to boost and strengthen relations and collaboration opportunities with the innovation ecosystem, start-ups and innovative SMEs in Catalonia.
In this regard, there should be special mention for the sponsorship for the tenth consecutive year of "South Summit", the largest display of innovation and entrepreneurship in southern Europe. For the 2022 edition there were 15,400 participants from more than 120 countries, and all the content was also available in virtual format to provide better dissemination and a greater impact.
Through the hubs we have already contacted 11,000 start-ups, which has enabled us to undertake more than 450 collaborations and promote more than 110 projects as far as the commercial phase. For more information, go the website: startup.enel.com.