Inspiring Progress

Inspire progress

EDF Pulse

Inspire progress


By definition, progress is about moving forward and getting ahead. But will our future be synonymous with improvement? EDF Pulse would like to take you on a journey of discovery, exploring progress in all its forms. Welcome to the world of tomorrow!

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2016 Prize Winners © Photo credit : EDF/ Grégory Brandel

EDF Pulse Awards

EDF launched the EDF Pulse Awards to promote innovation and to contribute to the developments of the future. Its goal is to showcase and provide tangible support to start-ups that are joining forces, creating and inventing tomorrow's future.

Boosted by the success of the first two editions, EDF remains as committed as ever this year with the 2016 EDF Pulse Awards. European start-ups developing a project in one of the following three categories are eligible to participate:

  • Smart home: for innovations leading the way to a home that is safer, more comfortable, self sufficient and energy efficient as well offering customized services for today's way of life…
  • E-health: for innovations improving health and the autonomy of dependent individuals with a special focus on new smart medicine technologies, smart healthcare services, healthcare robotics and quantified self.
  • Low carbon city: for innovations promoting energy efficiency across towns and cities and reduced carbon footprint as well as the growth of electric-powered urban transport, the smart city, "low carbon" city services and smart grids.

In June 2016, EDF awarded a prize in each category. The EDF Pulse Awards provide the winners with tangible and operational support: a €100,000 grant as well as EDF's assistance in heightening their visibility and reputation (mass media campaign). All of this support will stimulate the development of the projects and spark the interest of investors, customers and partners.

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On 30 June, the winners of the EDF Pulse Awards 2016 were announced during a ceremony co-hosted by the Pepper robot, organised as part of VivaTechnology, an international innovation exhibition where 5,000 start-ups appeared.

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