Innovation awards

1. What are the ENERGAÏA Innovation Awards?

The ENERGAÏA Innovation Awards are a competition to promote innovative French and international companies in the renewable energy sector. They highlight the latest innovations and companies in the sector, rewarding the best new products and technological developments in the renewable energies sector. The ENERGAÏA Innovation Awards are a unique opportunity for exhibiting companies to showcase their uniqueness, know-how and skills, thanks to their innovative, cross-disciplinary categories.

2. Who can compete?

All exhibitors and co-exhibitors at the EnerGaïa 2024 Forum with a product, service or business initiative less than two years old that marks a significant advance in its sector.

3. Categories, descriptions and evaluation criteria


What is the international development potential of the solution or service you have created? To what extent has your solution or service been designed to be exportable to several countries and continents, given the constraints of standards and regulations, environmental emergencies and opportunities, financing constraints and opportunities, and appropriate business models?


How quick and easy is it to implement the solutions and/or services developed? How have you innovated to put in place technological, service and governance solutions that speed up the implementation of your solution, where other solutions may take longer and require more resources? What are the performance evaluation indicators in this area?


What kind of dynamics have you created with local players and/or sectors (other companies, research centers, universities, incubators, principals, etc.) who are co-involved in developing and/or exploiting innovation with you? How is this approach and/or governance and/or financing and/or the nature of these partners innovative?


How can this innovation save resources? How have you used recycling and reuse to develop this innovation; or does this innovation enable you to do so? How is this innovation leading to major advances in the circular economy? Supported by comparative measurements before (without this solution) and after (thanks to the use of this solution). What are the indicators and concrete measures you use to assess your performance in this area?

4. Why take part?

By taking part, you benefit from unique visibility before, during and after the Forum, with all EnerGaïa visitors, buyers and decision-makers from the private and public sectors, journalists and expert influencers:

  • The nominees will be announced at a press conference in autumn 2024.
  • A dedicated exhibition during the two days of the Forum.
  • Presence in the show press kit, a specific press release, a dedicated page on the EnerGaïa website and mobile application.
  • A unique live pitch on Thursday morning, December 12, at the Forum. A unique opportunity to present your innovation to a prestigious panel of judges, as well as to the public of professionals in attendance.
  • The winners will be announced and presented with their trophies at an awards ceremony, followed by a cocktail reception on Thursday December 12.
  • A communication kit and dedicated signage at the show.

5. The Selection Committee

The EnerGaïa Innovation Awards selection committee is made up of the Forum’s industry, institutional and regional partners. Its role is to study all the applications received and select three nominees per category according to a set of predefined criteria.

6. the Jury

The five-member jury includes representatives from academic research, public and private markets, local authorities and professional organizations. The role of the jury is to choose the winner of each category from among the nominees shortlisted by the selection committee. It evaluates each innovation using a grid of predefined criteria, complemented by a pitch and discussion session held on the day the winners are announced, Thursday December 12, during the EnerGaïa Forum.

7. Live Pitch

The final evaluation of the nominees takes the form of a “live pitch” session on the second day of the Forum. Each candidate will have a maximum of two minutes and three slides to present his or her candidacy to the members of the Jury in a public “live pitch”. The Jury will then be able to exchange views with each of the nominees in public. Following presentation of the three nominees in each of the four categories, the jury will retire in camera for deliberation. The results will be announced the same day at an awards ceremony on Thursday, December 12, in the late morning.

8. Key dates for your participation

Monday, april 29, 2024

Opening of the registration platform.

Friday, September 6, 2024, 12H am

Closing date for registration and submission of digital files.

Tuesday, September 24

Selection committee deliberation meeting.

Thursday, September 26

Internal communication to nominees of their selection and to other applicants of their non-selection. Provision of your communication elements (1 photo, 1 text of 500 characters including spaces).

During October

EnerGaïa 2024 Forum press conference and external communication of the identity of all nominees.

November 25 to December 6

Pitch preparation webinars for nominees.

Wednesday, December 11

Set-up and technical rehearsal at the pitch session at the end of the day.

Thursday, December 12

  • 9:30 am – 11:00 am: live pitches.
  • 11:00 am – 12:00 am: Jury deliberation behind closed doors.
  • 12:30 pm: EnerGaïa Innovation Awards ceremony and cocktail reception.

9. How to register?

Quick and easy application submission on the dedicated platform. As a reminder, this competition is reserved exclusively for EnerGaïa 2024 Forum exhibitors. Your file must include the following information:

  • A quick and easy online information form.
  • A 15-line presentation explaining the 3 reasons why you think your solution, service or company deserves to win the EnerGaïa Innovation Awards.
  • For solutions and services that require it: full technical documentation, or a complete description of the service, in French and/or English, including, for example, the operating principle, distinctive features, user benefits, technical, environmental and economic benefits, KPIs, etc.
  • Any additional documents, only if essential for understanding your application, e.g. plans, diagrams, videos, test reports, user references, etc.
  • Visual quality of the product, material or service.
  • Your company’s HD logo.

10. Winnings

For the 12 finalists

  • Announcement of the 12 nominees in a pre-show press release and in the show press kit. Announcement on website, social networks and e-mailing of the EnerGaïa Forum.
  • Prominence in a dedicated exhibition during the 2 days of the show. A pitch presentation announced in the official Forum program.
  • A dossier describing the innovation and the company is sent to all members of the jury.
  • The opportunity to use the ” Nominated for the 2024 Innovation Awards ” badge in your communications.
  • Invitation to the post-awards networking cocktail.
  • Post-show: presence on the press release, website and social networks.

In addition, for the 4 winners

  • An 18 m² bare surface at the EnerGaïa 2025 Forum.
  • The opportunity to use the ” Winner of the 2024 Innovation Awards ” badge in your communications.
  • Targeted press relations for the EnerGaïa Forum (press release, publication of winners on website, etc.).

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