Challenge categories

data and display

Help customers understand, interpret and plan their energy use from anywhere.

switched on

Allow our customers to actively control when and how they use energy or to finely tune energy consumption in different parts of their home or small business.

customer engagement

Making energy interesting and relevant.



2016 Blue Lab challenge finalists

We collaborated with five great start-ups from across Europe on our 2016 Blue Lab accelerator programme, giving start-ups a platform to receive support and advice from independent industry experts and our own subject matter experts.

All five made incredible progress throughout the 10-week Blue Lab programme, which finished with a showcase at the 2017 EDF Energy‘s Innovators’ Day.

Winner: Howz

The Howz connected home system measures a household’s usage of electricity and combines this with information from a series of sensors that detect door movement, temperature and light levels in a person’s home, to build up a pattern of daily behaviour and alerts family members if the user’s normal routine is broken.

Jonathan Burr, founder and CEO of Howz, said: “The past ten weeks have been such an eye-opening and valuable experience for the Howz team. We’re extremely grateful for the opportunity and to the other finalists who were so open and honest, it became a real shared experience among us all. Working with the Blue Lab team has been phenomenally beneficial to us; having the opportunity to work with a company that cares about developing ideas for people is something that really resonates with the values of Howz, and we look forward to working more closely with EDF Energy in the future.”

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Runners’ up

Upside Energy

Upside Energy delivers a greener, cheaper way for the electricity grid to meet demand during peak times by operating a Virtual Energy Store™.

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Devrim Celal, CFO of Upside Energy, said: “We applied to the Blue Lab programme to work with EDF Energy to design and develop a service for EDF Energy’s customers that will utilise our platform, provide energy savings and flexibility. We would like to develop and market a joint product/proposition with EDF Energy.”

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A Madrid-based start-up founded by Miguel Sánchez, the Momit Smart Thermostat learns from people’s daily habits to help them save energy.

Miguel Sanchez, CEO of Momit, said: “EDF Energy is one of the biggest electricity suppliers in the UK and part of a global energy company EDF. The Blue Lab programme is an amazing opportunity for our business to evolve our products in collaboration with EDF Energy. Through our participation in the Blue Lab programme we want to build a global partnership with EDF.”

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Ipsum Energy

Ipsum works with your smart meter to identify energy usage in a building down to the appliance that is being used. Its algorithm is one of the fastest in the market.

Peter De Bie, CEO of Ipsum Energy, said: “The Blue Lab Challenge represents for us a great opportunity to prove Ipsum’s smart meter energy insight with a leading utility company in the UK market. We hope it will allow us to collaborate with EDF Energy for a go-to-market solution in the UK and other regions

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Futurehome is a Norwegian tech start-up that provides a one-stop-shop for sourcing smart home technology and related services.

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Erik Stokkeland, CEO and Co-Founder of Futurehome, said: “We applied to the Blue Lab programme to work with EDF Energy to develop a unified Smarthome service in the UK. I have high expectations from the Blue Lab programme, to come out of the programme with better UK market insight, and a more scalable business model and a concept which we will test in the UK market together with EDF Energy.”

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Benefits offered in 2016

10 weeks’ free desk space

at our Blue Lab accelerator on the south coast.

EDF Pulse Awards nomination

fast-track ideas to our global innovation award, to have a chance to win a grant and get recognition across Europe.

Expert mentoring and coaching

support and advice from independent industry experts and our own subject matter experts.

Consumer insight

how we work and what our customers want.


winner awarded £30,000 cash.

Scale up

develop business models and trials with our customers.