AXEL Accel­er­a­tor: Inno­va­tions for many areas of the ener­gy transition

Twelve star­tups are being men­tored by the Karl­sruhe-based ener­gy accel­er­a­tor AXEL in the Team Train­ing program.

The task of AXEL, the ener­gy accel­er­a­tor in Karl­sruhe, is to pro­vide com­pre­hen­sive sup­port to cre­ative start-ups on their way, because it is some­times a long and rocky process from an inno­v­a­tive idea to mar­ketable devel­op­ment. In this con­text, AXEL experts offer pre­cise sup­port with­in the scope of the state cam­paign “Start-up BW”, take care of founders in all entre­pre­neur­ial areas, accom­pa­ny them from the prod­uct idea to the suc­cess­ful implementation.

Ener­gy-rich and cre­ative ideas are par­tic­u­lar­ly in focus: many inter­na­tion­al start-ups applied for a place in the cur­rent pro­gram: “Twelve are now in the AXEL Team Train­ing Pro­gram,” says Chris­tos Klam­ouris, Senior Project Man­ag­er at the ener­gy net­work fokus.energie e.V., which is respon­si­ble for sup­port­ing the start-up teams as part of the AXEL Start­up Accel­er­a­tor Program.

Inno­v­a­tive ideas in view

The founders’ top­ics include a dig­i­tal devel­op­ment envi­ron­ment for hydro­gen engines, a small wind tur­bine, a cat­a­lyst for inno­va­tion in the PV indus­try, hydro­gen heat­ing, refur­bish­ing vehi­cle bat­ter­ies for home use, a plat­form for par­tic­i­pa­tion in renew­able ener­gy projects, a pow­er boost for decar­bonized elec­tric­i­ty gen­er­a­tion, 3D-print­ed wind tur­bines, green hydro­gen, steam gen­er­a­tion with sig­nif­i­cant­ly reduced ener­gy con­sump­tion, improv­ing cool­ing effi­cien­cy, and a new bat­tery development.

Inter­na­tion­al­i­ty is visible

“We again have inter­na­tion­al star­tups in the pro­gram, this time also includ­ing three teams from Ukraine,” says Klam­ouris, who has been sup­port­ing star­tups with expe­ri­enced hard­ware, ener­gy and mar­ket­ing experts since Decem­ber 2017 at AXEL as a spe­cial accel­er­a­tor for ener­gy: “This way, we can tar­get the needs of the respec­tive teams with active sup­port, and also inte­grate them into our pro­fes­sion­al net­work in and beyond the Karl­sruhe tech­nol­o­gy region.” It is also par­tic­u­lar­ly pleas­ing in this batch that five of the par­tic­i­pat­ing teams are mixed teams, mak­ing the top­ic of “female founders” more vis­i­ble in the ener­gy sec­tor as well.

“Demo Day” as a show­case for innovations

Until Novem­ber 3, the “Team Train­ing” will focus on devel­op­ing the busi­ness mod­els of the young start-ups — and then the teams will present them­selves to a jury from the fields of bank­ing, ener­gy, research, start-ups and sci­ence at the “Demo Day”. There are then spe­cial insights into the work and ideas of the start-ups — and it is about top­ics such as degree of inno­va­tion, tech­ni­cal devel­op­ment, mar­ket inter­est and the busi­ness model.

Info: AXEL, the accel­er­a­tor with a 100% focus on ener­gy, has so far been able to accom­pa­ny more than 120 teams with around 250 founders in terms of entre­pre­neur­ial think­ing and action in prac­tice with sup­port from the state cam­paign “Start-up BW”. It is grat­i­fy­ing to note that the teams we sup­port some­times devel­op rapid­ly, receive awards and have long been includ­ed in rank­ings. Info on the select­ed teams at