Energy Camp Freiburg

Start-up Accelerator

The Smart|Energy Accelerator supports individuals and teams who are in the (pre-) start-up phase with a mature idea or whose company was founded no more than five years ago.

An application is possible at any time.

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Program benefits

  • Over a three-month period, individual coaching sessions from experienced entrepreneurs. This is how you develop your business idea and your business plan.
  • Strategic mentoring on sales, marketing, product placement.
  • Support in the search for investors for your startup
  • Placement with corporates / companies as project partners or pilot customers

What makes Smart|Energy special?

The business coaches working for Smart|Energy have their own entrepreneurial experience. They can therefore not only support you with theoretical knowledge, but also draw on their own experience in founding and managing companies.

Smart|Energy depends on your time requirements and possibilities. Therefore, an application is possible at any time. You don’t have to wait for an accelerator program to start.

Terms and conditions

All applications must meet the following criteria:

Business activity

Your startup must operate in one of these areas of decentralized renewable energy supply:

  • Energy production
  • Smart living
  • Energy-efficient products and services
  • Financing solutions
  • Resilience Engineering
  • Storage systems
  • Energy distribution
  • Measuring and control systems

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Business region

Your startup offers services or products for the decentralized solar energy market in Sub-Sahara Africa.

Other requirements

You already have a mature business idea and a first prototype of your product and/or first customer feedback on your service idea.

If you have already started a business, this should not be more than five years ago.


If we select you for our program based on your application, we are confident that together we can be successful. Therefore, after the coaching sessions, we will also support you intensively in your search for financial support.

Of course, we expect you to actively participate in the coaching sessions and to intensively prepare and follow up on them.

Because we believe in our mutual success, you only have to pay something for the services of the Smart|Energy-Accelerator if you receive a grant or an investment of at least 25t Euro for your startup after we have finished our work.


1. Application

An application is possible at any time.

You can find the application form here.

Your admission will be decided:

  • on the basis of the application documents
  • and a first personal interview

2. Interview

During the interview, your concrete needs will be determined and the possible support by the Smart|Energy-Accelerator will be discussed.

This may include, for example:

  • Fine-tuning your business idea
  • Help with the business plan
  • Profiling of the sales concept

3. Agreement

If we both consider a cooperation to be meaningful and promising, we will jointly define the scope, goal and conditions of our cooperation in an agreement.

Then we can begin.