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 We answer your most asked questions! 




Who can be a candidate in the EDF Pulse Awards?


Startups and small businesses, made up of less than 30 people, that are developing innovative projects in the fields of Smart Home, Smart City, Smart Business and Smart Health & Self. These organisations must be based in Europe.

The small business candidates must be independent of an organisation that has more than 500 employees and must have filed their articles of incorporation or be committed to do so before the 21st of February, 2018. The projects presented must be launched or in the pre-market launch phase. For the Smart Health & Self category, if clinical tests are required they must be done before the end of 2018.

More information in the Terms & Conditions, Article 3


I am a student and I plan to set up my own company. Can I apply for the EDF Pulse Awards?


Yes, provided your project fulfil all eligibility criteria and you are committed to register your company before the 21st of February, 2018.


Can I be a candidate in the EDF Pulse Awards if I have already applied to a former edition / a regional edition (EDF Pulse Haut-de-France, Normandie, Rhône-Alpes-Auvergne, Occitanie, PACA) / a foreign edition (EDF Energy Pulse, Edison Pulse)?


Yes, provided your project fulfill conditions of entry and eligibility criteria that are specific to the EDF Pulse Awards. Find out all conditions and criteria in the Terms & Conditions, Article 3


Which European countries are eligible for the EDF Pulse Awards?


The Organiser has taken on the following geographical borders of Europe: the Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea.

Companies based in the following countries are eligible to the EDF Pulse Awards:


Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and Vatican.


With how many projects can I apply with?


An organisation can apply for different projects as long as these projects are distinct and fulfil eligibility criteria.


My innovation encompasses several categories: can I apply to different categories for the same project?


No, a project can only be submitted to ONE category. However, the Organiser reserves the right to reclassify a project in another category if deemed necessary.


What kind of reward will the Winners get?


The EDF Pulse Awards brings substantial support to each of the 5 Winners: a communication campaign to boost their brand awareness and 70 000€ financial grant to invest and develop their organisation. In addition, Winning Team will be invited to present their projects in Public Relations events organised or supported by EDF.

For example, previous Winners and Finalists have taken part in : Vivatech, L’échappée volée, Le Monde Festival, Festival de la Communication Santé, le Salon des Maires, EDF group R&D Forum…


Privacy and Confidentiality


Can I prevent the Organisation from using my image and the presentation of my project?


The Organiser reserves the right to use photograph, film, record and use his/ her image, voice, words, free of charge.

Answers provided in the application files are confidential. However, the pitch of the project may be used for communicational means, in any media.


This permission to use images is valid for 5 years from the acceptance date of these rules. Find out more information in the Terms & Conditions, Article 10



What are my obligations as a candidate?


Entering the EDF PULSE AWARDS requires the full and unreserved acceptance of these rules in their entirety – read it here


These rules constitute a contract between the Organiser and the Project promoter, and a commitment to guarantee the accuracy of the information provided. The Organiser reserves the right to exclude any application file in which provided information proves to be false.


The candidate must allow the Organiser to communicate to the general public the title of the project and the following elements provided in the application file: name of the project and name of the organisation, domiciled country, pitch of the project, photos of the project and the team, logo – if the organisation has one, link to the Organisation’s website or social media. The Candidate must as well authorise the Organiser to use images attached to the project, particularly the image of the candidates.

Find out more information on Obligations of the candidates in the Terms & Conditions, Article 11.


The Public Vote


When will the public vote begin?


The public vote will start in June 2018 and will end in September 2018. Precise dates will be announced later on.


Who can vote?


All internet-users can vote.


I have technical difficulties


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I have difficulties while completing my application file


What are the “soft skills” and “hard skills”?


Soft skills are character traits and interpersonal skills that characterize a person’s relationship with other people.


Hard skills refer to a person’s knowledge and occupational skills learned throughout a training or a profession. These skills can be measured by grades, diploma, certificates…


What are the different kinds of fundraising?


Funds can be raised by self-financing, lovemoney, crowdfunding (on platforms like Kickstarter, KissKissBankBank, Ulule, WiSEED, etc.), business angels, investment fund, public fundings (Investitionsbank Bank Berlin, The Prince’s Trust, Wales Economic Growth Fund, European Regional Development Fund…), etc.  


What is the format of the photos? 


The photos of the project provided should at least present 2 different representative views of the project. Each photo should be minimum 800 x 600 pixels, in HD and in a JPEG or PNG file.


What is expected from the pitch video of the project?


The pitch video should stage your founder or someone in the team AND your innovation: the problematic, how your solution solves it, business model, team, track records, etc. If you want, you can add why you participate in the EDF Pulse Awards.


The pitch video should be very simple and be 2 to 3 minutes long. The URL provided can link to a private, non-listed, or private video on the platform of your choice (Youtube, Dailymotion, Vimeo…)


I want to add additional documents, what kind of document can I upload? 


You can add relevant additional documents to complete the presentation of your project. These documents must fulfil the following requirements:

-        PDF documents (maximum 10 pages)

-        Maximum 4 minute-long video: provide a URL


Can I add keywords?


No, the listed key-words are used by the Organiser to sort the applications in sub-categories.


I have submitted my application file


How can I make sure my application has been registered?


Once you have clicked on “Submit my application”, at the end of Step 5, your file is submitted. A pop-up message appears to notify you. You will also receive an e-mail to confirm you the reception of your file by the Organiser.


I am a Finalist


When & where does the Boot Camp take place?


The Boot Camp will take place in the Paris area, in France, at the end of September 2018 (the date will be announced later on). This Boot Camp is an intensive coaching session to improve your pitch presentation in front of the Grand Jury.


How long is the pitch in front of the Grand Jury?


The pitch has to be 10 minutes long.


When & where does the Awards Ceremony take place?


The EDF Pulse Awards will be given during an EDF event around innovation. This will take place in October, 2018 in Paris.


What if I cannot go to the Awards Ceremony?


Each winning team should be represented by at least one of its members or its managing director. The winning candidates must commit to being available for the event.


For events, will EDF pay for my accommodation and transport fees?


Yes, the travel and accommodation costs of one or two representative(s) for each Finalist project will be covered by the Organiser.