Danube Energy+ Boost potential of Young Innovators to pioneer change in energy efficiency inside Danube Macro-region

Danube Energy+ tackles the need for change in regional ecosystems to support Young Innovators in transforming their disruptive ideas into ventures. Project´s general objective is to create an enabling environment, which will support Young innovators to pioneer a change in the energy efficiency area by setting up highly innovative startups in the Danube macro-region.

Danube Energy+ ecosystem Package as an innovative learning system for key regional ecosystem actors will be developed by using learning interaction among project partners and inclusive design process involving:

  • regional public administrations,
  • universities,
  • SMEs ,
  • business supporting actors.

It is uniquely composed of two main elements – (1) best practices, models and experience in identification and motivation of individual Young Innovators in regional ecosystems and their connection to ecosystem actors, and (2) developed Danube Energy+ Tool as a pre-acceleration learning scheme for Young Innovators boosting their competences to start successful ventures.

The learning system will be piloted in 9 countries involving 90 key regional ecosystem actors and 90 Young innovators enabling improvement of regional ecosystem actors´ knowledge. 

To ensure regional and transregional level sustainability and transferability, regional Danube Energy+ Hubs will be created in close cooperation of regional public administrations and Regional Alliance members based on regional Action Plans and Transregional Hubs´ Strategy including the transferability plan to other regions. 

9 project partners and 7 associated strategic partners as key strategic cooperating bodies with regional public administrations will join Danube Energy+ project to create a unique partnership based around core expertises needed: work with Young innovators in regional ecosystems; pre-acceleration programmes development and running; cooperation with regional stakeholders, Hubs creation and operations and regional policy sustainability and support.

Boost potential of Young Innovators to pioneer change in energy efficiency inside Danube Macro-region
Start date
End date
Budget in Euro
Overall: 1864354
ERDF Contribution: 1318195,3
IPA Contribution: 139729,8
ENI Contribution: 126775,8
Call number
Call 2
Innovative and socially responsible Danube region
Specific objective
Increase competences for business and social innovation

Project Partners

Name Type Email Country
InnoEnergyGmbH Lead partner tamara.hoegler@innoenergy.com GERMANY
Cleantech Bulgaria Foundation ERDF partner mariyana@cleantech.bg BULGARIA
ABC Accelerator, d.o.o. ERDF partner ales@abc-accelerator.com SLOVENIA
Optimization ERDF partner dalibor.marijanovic@gmail.com CROATIA
E-KLASTR Czech Republic a.s. ERDF partner petr@e-accelerator.cz CZECH REPUBLIC
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Project News

  • Danube Energy+ - CE Connector Event “Connecting Bright Ideas with Smart Money” as Platform for Connecting Danube Energy+ Young Innovators to an International Ecosystem
    - 21-12-2020

    The two of the Young Innovators who participated in the Danube Energy+ pilot in Germany (Discover|e (Jonas Schumacher and Kai Fröhlich) and Eavy Systems (Paulo Cruz) got the opportunity to pitch their ideas and get into contact with potential...

  • Danube Energy+ - Participant of the German Danube Energy+ pilot project wins the Regional Cup Karlsruhe
    - 21-12-2020

    As part of the start-up competition "Start-up BW Elevator Pitch", the "Discover|e" team wins the Regional Cup Karlsruhe and moves on to the state finals in 2020. A total of ten teams presented their business ideas to a panel of experts. (Source:...

  • Danube Energy+ - SEASON'S GREETINGS
    - 17-12-2020

    Danube Energy+ consortium wishes you and your beloved ones Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Stay safe and enjoy the holidays!

  • Danube Energy+ - the project was presented at the CE-Connector International Day held on 25.11.2020
    - 03-12-2020

    Dr. Tamara Högler, representative of InnoEnergy Germany GmbH and project coordinator of Danube Energy+ project, was invited to moderate a session at the CE-Connector International Day and to showcase the importance and usefulness of cooperation...

  • Danube Energy+ - Transregional evaluation workshop: Pilot of Danube Energy+ Ecosystem Package and Tool
    - 20-11-2020

    Yesterday, 19.11.2020, the ABC Accelerator Slovenia partner organized and held the final Transregional evaluation workshop on implementation and results achieved from Pilot of Danube Energy+ Ecosystem Package and Tool in all project’s regions...

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