Lighting Europe's Energy Future Through Open Innovation

Apply to the multi-phase “Green Alternatives for European Autonomy” (GAEA) Challenge and receive support to establish your startup with an innovative solution that addresses the European Energy Autonomy.

About GAEA Challenge

GAEA (Green Alternatives for European Autonomy) is a comprehensive Open Innovation Program designed for innovators and idea holders eager to develop or refine an innovative concept into a startup. With our entrepreneurial supportive environment, the focus is on nurturing ideas addressing the challenges of European Energy Autonomy across eight countries.

The program consists of eight (8) respective regional innovation competitions by which the best teams will proceed in the interregional competition that will identify the teams that will be supported to establish a startup and commercialize their innovative idea.

Our Objectives

GAEA Challenges

Addressing European autonomy and sustainability through student-driven green ideas. Be a part of the change and contribute to a greener Europe.

Who is it for?

Meet our mentors, partners, and committees contributing to the success of the GAEA Challenge. Collaborate with like-minded individuals for a sustainable future.

Transforming ideas into sustainable innovations​

Within GAEA, you can discover a fertile ground for transforming your green ideas into tangible solutions, supported by expert mentorship and access to a network of like-minded professionals.
This is the space where creativity meets opportunity, driving forward sustainable change.

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Advancing research from your lab to the market for an energy-autonomous future

Receive dedicated support, tools, funding opportunities, and the ideal partners in Europe to transform your research results into a spin-off with an exploitable product/service. Gain exposure and bring your inventions and technologies to the market.

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Leading industry towards sustainable excellence

Gain access to a pool of innovative green solutions and emerging talent, enhancing their competitive edge. The program offers collaboration opportunities with startups and researchers, driving sustainable development and fostering a culture of corporate environmental responsibility.

Useful resources

Access a wealth of resources including webinars, pictures, videos, infographics, and project documents.

Green Innovations Webinar Series

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Sustainability in Motion

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