Endesa and entrepreneurs: attracting external talent
We wish to encourage communication and collaboration with entrepreneurs and start-ups, due to their capacity for disruptive innovation, their use of technology, their know-how and, above all, their ability to develop and bring products and services to market in the shortest possible time.
Endesa, as part of the Enel Group, is open to the global ecosystem of innovation and entrepreneurship through the 10 Enel Innovation Hubs and 20 startup laboratories. These Enel Innovation Hubs are located in important entrepreneurship centres and the Group’s strategic markets around the world: Brazil, Chile, Israel, Italy, Russia, Spain and the United States.
Madrid is home to 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, from where they prospect for European startups and develop relationships with the main innovation ecosystems of the continent for the entire Group. European ecosystems are highly relevant within Enel's innovation strategy. Of the nearly 300 collaborations that Enel has established with startups globally, more than 170 have been with startups in this region.
Throughout 2020, ENEL Group has maintained its engagement with entrepreneurship ecosystems, leveraging digital communication channels; and this has led to prospecting more than 2,600 solutions developed by startups and SMEs around the world. Of these, more than 190 were from Spain and Portugal. Furthermore, more than 60 partnerships with start-ups and SMEs have been activated around the world, of which seven were with Spanish start-ups.
ReShape, an opportunity to imagine a new energy
ReShape is a call for applications from startups, SMEs and other actors in the world of open innovation to invite them, through specific challenges, to imagine new ways of developing the energy business. The objective of this initiative is to help boost energy transition by putting innovation at the service of sustainability (Innovability).
The challenges that Endesa and Enel launch in the call for applications are published on the group's startup website and cover all business lines, from power generation to the creation of new value-added products and services, including technologies such as robotics, artificial intelligence and virtual reality.