EDF Energy Pulse Innovation Challenge 2019

The Pulse Innovation Challenge gives start-ups a gateway into the energy industry.

For 12 weeks 5 companies gain expert support and advice to help develop their concepts for the mass market, with a £25k cash prize for the overall winner.

Introducing EDF Energy’s 2019 Pulse Innovation Challenge Winners


An innovative platform that makes it simpler, cheaper and greener for drivers to charge electric vehicles has won EDF Energy’s Pulse Innovation Challenge for 2019.

The team from ev.energy impressed judges with their customer-focussed solution giving EV owners greater control and visibility when charging their electric cars at home and on the go.

They were one of five start-up finalists who have spent the last 12 weeks working closely with teams from EDF Energy after being selected from nearly 160 entrants for this year’s challenge, run by the company’s innovation accelerator Blue Lab.

ev.energy picked up the £25,000 top prize and will now continue their work with EDF Energy. The company will also explore opportunities for further collaboration with the other finalists.

“I have always championed innovation and it is vital that companies like EDF Energy work with start-ups to share our expertise and to develop the very best solutions for our customers.

“We had five brilliant finalists with very different ideas, and the judges’ decision was very close, but ev.energy showed us a great solution that will really benefit anyone who is already driving an electric vehicle, or thinking about moving to an EV.”

Philippe Commaret, Deputy Managing Director Customers, EDF Energy

“We’re really thrilled to have won the EDF Energy Pulse Innovation Challenge.

"We’ve really enjoyed working with the team over the last three months and believe we have an exciting opportunity to develop a great solution for customers”

Nick Woolley, CEO and Co-Founder of ev.energy

Pulse Innovation Challenge finalists 2019


Five start-ups were given the chance to accelerate their future as finalists in the EDF Energy Pulse Innovation Challenge.

ev.energy is an electric vehicle (EV) charging software platform that optimises electric vehicle charging making it simpler, greener and cheaper.

Emu Analytics create services, places and communities for organisations by understanding location and data to create visual insights that are easy to understand.

Enerbrain improves the heating, cooling and ventilation in non-residential buildings.

Emu Analytics, Verdigris, EV.Energy, Enerbrain and Wondrwall, were selected from more than 160 applicants in this year’s challenge, run by the company’s innovation accelerator Blue Lab.

Wondrwall gives your home a brain, helping you minimise your energy bills and carbon footprint with minimal effort.

During the programme all the finalists had access to EDF Energy’s scale and network to help develop business opportunities, alongside mentoring from senior leaders within the organisation and access to subject matter experts.

Verdigris is an artificial intelligence company that focuses on optimising building operation and energy consumption.

The start-ups worked with EDF Energy’s innovation accelerator Blue Lab, and other specialists from the company, atIDEALondon in the heart of London’s tech city.

Past winners of the Pulse Innovation Challenge


"Working with EDF Energy has been a great opportunity for us. Our partnership has provided access to a broad customer base, along with ongoing support and expertise.”

Physiotherapist Louise Rogerson, Chief Operating Officer of Howz


Howz has been working closely with EDF Energy’s innovation accelerator, Blue Lab, since winning our start-up challenge in 2016.

We tested the original Howz smart home monitoring system with 200 of our elderly customers and helped further develop the product, which is now available via our Smart Home Store. 

Its user-friendly system includes smart sensors, which are easy to install and learn routines within the home. It can then send an alert to a family member, friend or carer if there is a sudden change in routine, or if more gradual changes are detected that might indicate a new condition at an early stage.

The Howz home care kit, discovered during our first start-up challenge, supports people to live independently for longer through a system of connected sensors that allow friends and family to digitally “check-in” on the resident to see how they’re doing.


Powervault has been working with EDF Energy since winning the Blue Lab innovation challenge in 2018.

They have built a domestic energy storage system that is simple, affordable and smart. It can also help enable the transition to a smart grid and decentralised

The battery stores free energy generated from rooftop solar panels during the day, which can then be used during the evening.

It can also store cheap grid electricity overnight for use in the morning, saving customers money on their energy bills.

"Winning the Blue Lab competition has been amazing. The Blue Lab team has worked with us to launch Powervault to EDF Energy customers, creating a market-leading proposition."

Joe Warren, Managing Director of Powervault

Benefits of the Pulse Innovation Challenge


Get access to EDF Energy scale and network to develop business opportunities

Mentorship from senior leadership at EDF Energy and access to subject matter experts

"We want to work with fantastic start-ups and can help you develop and grow your ideas with our knowledge and expertise in the energy sector and innovation.

"This challenge can give you a unique gateway into the world of energy and help us, jointly, deliver a powerful future for the benefit of energy users."

Jean-Benoit Ritz, Director of Innovation and Blue Lab

Free office space at IDEALondon, an innovation centre in the heart of London’s Tech City, run by EDF Energy and UCL Engineering

£25k cash prize for overall winner

Opportunity to validate products, trial and test in live environments, along with customer feedback and consumer insights

Potential for EDF Energy to invest in your business

Pulse Innovation Challenge in association with:


L Marks are experts in applied corporate innovation programmes and early-stage investors.

IDEALondon is a post-accelerator centre in the heart of London’s Tech City, run by UCL Engineering and EDF Energy.

Inzenka is a consultancy that helps large organisations to drive growth and innovation.

Capital Enterprise are London’s startup experts; connecting & energising a world-class entrepreneurship ecosystem.