SMEs and entrepreneurs as drivers towards clean energy

Small and medium-sized companies are key contributors to the transition towards a European Energy Union, not only as end-consumers of clean energy, but also as pioneers of change and a source of innovative energy services and products with market uptake. In addition to helping secure affordable, clean energy for EU citizens and businesses, their innovations are driving economic activity, boosting employment and stimulating growth.

Through real case studies and outstanding practices, the session brings to light the role small and medium-sized firms play in the clean energy sector, the practical support measures required to tap their full business potential and the existing opportunities across the clean energy value chain.

It addresses representatives of small, medium and large businesses, policymakers, including experts from the European institutions, business support organisations, innovation centres and networks and interested organisations active in the field of clean energy.

The session is designed to shed light on the:

  • key growth factors for business success for small and medium-sized firms in the clean energy sector;
  • new business models towards clean energy;
  • SMEs’ offering to the clean energy sector vis-a-vis big energy corporates;
  • existing funding and support schemes of interest for SMEs, with special attention to H2020 SME Instrument, COSME and other initiatives managed by EASME;
  • major market uptake challenges and barriers to competitiveness for SMEs delivering in the clean energy market;
  • future market niches and opportunities for small entrepreneurs.