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+ - First Danube Energy+ Pilot success story!
    - 02-06-2020
    First Danube Energy+ Pilot success story!

    The first success story of the Danube Energy+ Pilot has already been realized as a result of the German Pilot, realized by InnoEnergy! As a result of the Pilot activities, four of the participating young innovators had the opportunity to...

  • Danube Energy+ - Romania Demo Day fast approaching!
    - 28-05-2020
    Romania Demo Day fast approaching!

    Project partner Startup Transylvania Center will hold the Romanian Demo Day tomorrow, on the 29th of May 2020 from 17:00 EEST (16:00 CET).  During the online event, the teams that went through the program Danube Energy+ Tool will pitch...

  • Danube Energy+ - Bulgarian Danube Energy+ Tool Demo Day/ 3rd Regional Networking Thursday held!
    - 11-05-2020
    Bulgarian Danube Energy+ Tool Demo Day/ 3rd Regional Networking Thursday held!

    On April 30th, 2020 the Demo Day of the pre-acceleration program Danube Energy + Tool was held virtually. During the event, 10 innovative teams pitched their green energy business ideas. The Demo Day was held under the framework of the...

  • Danube Energy+ - Bulgarian Danube Energy+ Tool Demo Day approaching
    - 28-04-2020
    Bulgarian Danube Energy+ Tool Demo Day approaching

    Bulgarian partner Cleantech Bulgaria will hold a virtual Demo Day on the 30th of April from 15:00 EEST (14:00 CET). 10 teams of young innovators will pitch their developed innovative business ideas in the field of energy efficiency and...

  • Danube Energy+ - Danube Energy+ Tool Demo Days approaching
    - 22-04-2020
    Danube Energy+ Tool Demo Days approaching

    Two of the project partners' Demo Days are fast approaching! The German Demo Day, organized by InnoEnergy will occur virtually on the 23rd of April 2020. Register for the event here! The Bulgarian Demo Day, organized by Cleantech...

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