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

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    - 19-10-2020

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    - 13-10-2020

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  • Danube Energy+ - The team of Startup Transilvania Center, Romania is proud of their DE+ participants’ entrepreneurial spirit and shared with as some news:
    - 05-10-2020

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  • Danube Energy+ - 2nd Policy Roundtable on 18.09.2020
    - 17-09-2020
    2nd Policy Roundtable on 18.09.2020

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  • Danube Energy+ - Romanian Success stories
    - 16-09-2020
    Romanian Success stories

    Startup Transylvania Center continues to keep in touch and support the development of young innovators who have participated in the DE + program Romanian partner runs monthly meetings with the teams and uses this opportunity to see what they...

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