Project co-funded by European Union funds (ERDF, IPA, ENI)
Danube Energy+ Conference organized by EIT InnoEnergy

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Learning for Innovation

We look forward to seeing you at the First International Danube Energy+ Day!


We are pleased to invite you to the First edition of the International Danube Energy+ Day, which will be held on the 28th of January 2020. For the first time ever, we will gather key stakeholders from across the Danube region together to celebrate our exciting work, results and importantly – to announce the Opening of the Danube Energy+ Tool Pilot Call!


The First International Danube Energy+ Day will be held under the framework of LEARNTEC - Europe's #1 event for digital learning. Each year, more than 300 exhibitors and 250 speakers attend LEARNTEC which takes place for the 28th time in 2020. With over 11,600 international professional visitors and convention participants from 31 countries in 2019, LEARNTEC truly is a unique opportunity to hold our International Danube Energy+ Day. By registering to Danube Energy+ Day you will get a ticket that enables you a free access to LEARNTEC 2020.


During the event, we will share with you Danube Energy+, the developed training scheme and learning package, the expected impacts on the Danube region and opportunities for different target groups. Furthermore, we have arranged many exciting speakers from different fields, who will share their knowledge about the energy transition and entrepreneurship in renewable energy.


08:30 - 09:00     Registration & Coffee

09:00 - 09:20      Welcome Speech by Dr. Mentrup, Lord Mayor City of Karlsruhe

09:20 - 09:30     Welcome Speech by Dr. Dirk Bessau, InnoEnergy GmbH

09:30 - 10:15    Importance of Innovation (Bror Salmelin, former Advisor for Innovation systems at the European Comission,  DG CONNECT)

10:15 - 10:45     Danube Energy+ as best practice for transnational mutual learning for Young Innovators (Dr. Dirk Bessau, InnoEnergy GmbH)

COFFEE BREAK - 10:45-11:15

11:15 - 11:45     Young Innovators - Futures Enterpreteurs (Christo Balinow, InnoEnergy Poland)

11:45 - 12:15     Energy Transition: Data scientists urgently needed (Prof. Dr. Frank Gielen, Ghent University; Eduaction Director InnoEnergy)

12:15- 12:30     EnergieForum & EnergieRegion Karlsruhe (Andrea Bühler, Economic Development City of Karlsruhe)

WORKING LUNCH - 12:30-13:30

13:30 - 14:00    E-llusion: Looking behind the screen (Christian Heiselbetz, Innovation Management & Strategy Consulting)

14:00 - 14:30    Boosting the Innovation potential in the Danube Region- the importance of transnational cooperation (Johanna Specker,  DTP National Contact Point)

14:30 - 14:45    From research to market: New compression technologies for H2 (Marie-Eve Reinert, Steinbeis 2i GmbH)

14:45 - 15:00     StartUp Success Story: Home&Smart (Sven Häwel, Serial Enterpreneur)

15:00 - 15:15    StartUp Success Story: Smartivate ( Anand Narasipuram & Jeevan Dasan, Smartivate)

COFFEE BREAK - 15:15 - 15:45 

15:45 - 16:00    AXEL – The Energy Accelerator (Christos Klamouris, fokus.energie)

16:00 - 16:15    fokus.energie : The Energy Network in the TechnologyRegion Karlsruhe (Michael Schön, fokus.energie)

16:15 - 16:30    The next steps CE-Connector & Public-Private-Co-Investment for Young Innovators and StartUps (Sieglinde Walz, AEN)

16:30 - 17:00     Wrap up & Close

We are launching Open Call for Danube Energy+ TOOL Pilot 

Danube Energy + TOOL is a pre-acceleration 40 hours learning scheme for Young Innovators. Developed to boost their knowledge on business challenges in energy
efficiency, competition, customer/market validation, business skills, business modelling, team setting up and legal start-up issues. The pilot of Danube Energy+ TOOL will run in the following countries:

  • Germany - provided by InnoEnergy GmbH 
  • Bulgaria - provided by  Cleantech Bulgaria Foundation 
  • Slovakia - provided by Civitta, a.s. 
  • Slovenia- provided by ABC Accelerator, d.o.o. 
  • Croatia -  provided by Optimization 
  • Czech Republic - provided by E-KLASTR Czech Republic a.s. 
  • Romania - provided by Startup Transilvania Center 
  • Serbia - provided by SEE ICT
  • Ukraine - provided by European Initiatives Center