Energy Institute launches Amped energy start-up pitching competition

  • The NI Energy Institute has launched a new start-up pitch competition for the energy sector, with a cash prize and office space for the winners.

    If you have a great idea for an innovative business in the energy sector but would need some help getting it off the ground, you're in luck. The Energy Institute in Northern Ireland has just launched its new Amped energy start-up pitching competition to find the next great energy startup idea, and on offer for the winner is a package of support to make your business work.

    The Amped competition is part of the Energy Institute's Opportunities in Energy series and is being sponsored by Energia Group, Tughans Solictors, and Ormeau Baths. Entrepreneurs will give elevator pitches on new business ideas focused on the energy sector, which will be judged by a panel of energy industry experts.

    Entrants will be competing for a prize fund of £2,500 and winners will also get six months of free workspace at the Ormeau Baths innovation space in Belfast City Centre to give their business a kick-start. Ormeau Baths was recently named one of the top ten co-working spaces in the UK and has seen several tech firms start there before going on to secure investment.

    Organisations wishing to enter the competition should be offering a product of service relevant to the energy sector and must be officially less than four years old and based in Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland. Contact Andrew Kirke at to request an application form or ifnd out more about the scheme. The application deadline is Thursday 31st October and shortlisted entrants will be invited to deliver their pitches at Ormeau Baths in Belfast on 20th November.

    "Tughans have found disruptive technologies and the energy industry to be two particularly rapidly growing sectors," commented Andrew Kirke, Chair of the Young Professionals’ Network at the NI Energy Institute. "This event offers a unique opportunity to bring these sectors together. Our goal is to afford start-ups an opportunity not only to compete for a prize fund, but also to pitch their product or service to some of the best-connected people in the sector here."

    Source: Written based on press release

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