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Who is Axpo?

Axpo is Switzerland’s largest producer of renewable energy and an international leader in energy trading and the marketing of solar and wind power. Axpo combines the experience and expertise of more than 6,000 employees who are driven by a passion for innovation, collaboration and impactful change. Using cutting-edge technologies, Axpo innovates to meet the evolving needs of its customers in over 30 countries across Europe, North America and Asia.

The Calls

Axpo is on the lookout for startups to collaborate on thrilling pilot projects. Among others, they’ve got their sights set on two major challenges:

How might we increase the sustainability and efficiency of power grids with BIM?

New building information modeling (BIM) and Digital Twin technologies are key to improved resource and energy efficiency in construction projects. Among other advantages, they enable optimizing resource utilization, reducing waste, and enhancing energy efficiency. By leveraging the power of BIM/Digital Twin, buildings and infrastructure assets can be designed, constructed, operated, and even demolished with sustainability in mind, helping us to move closer to a Net-Zero future. In line with its commitment to sustainability, Axpo is actively seeking innovative solutions within the domain of BIM or Digital Twin that can be applied to power grids. 

Are you ready to shape the future of electricity infrastructure through BIM/Digital Twin?

Axpo Hydrogen

How might we reduce the CO2 emissions and/or costs of hydrogen logistics by at least 25%?

Hydrogen is a promising energy carrier that has the potential to drive a greener energy landscape. However, there are challenges to overcome, especially when it comes to the sustainability and cost of logistics. Due to the physical characteristics of hydrogen, trucks can only carry limited capacities of hydrogen from production sites to customers, often not from the most efficient source. The result are high logistics costs and CO2 emissions; the latter are expected to increase further with growing amounts of transported hydrogen. Axpo is actively seeking innovative solutions to tackle these challenges, making hydrogen logistics more cost-effective and environmentally sustainable. 

Do you have innovative solutions that can reshape hydrogen logistics?


The Requirements

Originator: The solution can come from any kind of company or institution. However, the primary target group for the call are startups.

Geography:  Applications from all countries are admitted.

Language: The solution must be available in English and/or German.

Area: The solution should either directly address the challenge at hand, or there should be the ability and willingness to customize the solution accordingly.

Scalability: The solution must be easily scalable. Therefore, the primary focus is on software solutions, but hardware solutions are also permitted.

Maturity: The solution should be mature enough to be deployed and tested in a PoC in the first half of 2024.

The Process

until 31st Oct.
end of Nov.
exchange with selected startups:
Final Decision:

Why should you apply?


Collaboration with one of the most innovative corporates in Switzerland


Access to over 80’000 SMEs through the collaboration


High visibility within the Swiss Innovation Ecosystem


Experienced team that ensures a smooth & fast PoC setup


Run a paid pilot with AXA and their SME customers

Why should you apply?

Gain client contacts & public reputation

Work together with a big industry client to gain public traction while not eventually being bound to one corporation.

Validate and improve your prototypes

Validate and improve your products/services with professional external experts and their knowledge.

Gain industry knowledge

Increase your industry knowledge and evaluate the fit of your solution to the environment/ industry.

Get paid for running a pilot

Secure financial backing for conducting your pilot project with Axpo.

Keep full equity & business autonomy

The project-based setup does not change your ownership structure (no loss of equity) and full decision autonomy stays within the startup.

More about BIM at Axpo

More about hydrogen at Axpo

If you have any questions, please contact [email protected].

Time to Shine!

If your startup is geared up to tackle one of these challenges and collaborate with Axpo, this is your moment! Apply to the Call for Innovation and seize the opportunity to run a pilot with a distinguished company committed to making a positive impact.

Application Deadline: 31st October 2023

More about BIM at Axpo

More about hydrogen at Axpo

If you have any questions, please contact [email protected].

The call is closed

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