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 We answer your most asked questions! 




Who can apply to the EDF Pulse Start-up Awards?


Startups and small businesses, made up of less than 30 people, that are developing innovative projects in the fields of Connected Wellness, Sustainable Territories and Future of Work. These organisations must be based in Europe.

Candidate companies must be independent of a group of more than 500 employees and must have filed their articles of incorporation or be committed to doing so before the 23 May 2019.

The innovations presented must be pre-marketing stages or commercialised for less than 6 months.

Exception: The Connected Wellness category: If your solution requires clinical tests, they must have started before 31 December 2019.

Read more in Article 3 of the Terms & Conditions.


I am a student and I plan to set up my own company. Can I apply?


Yes, provided your project fulfils all eligibility criteria and you are committed to registering your company before the 23 May 2019.


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


Yes, provided the project complies with the specific criteria for the EDF Pulse Start-up Awards you may find in Article 3 of the Terms and conditions.


In which European countries candidates companies may be based and be eligible?


The Organiser has defined Europe’s natural borders to be the limits; that is to say the Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea.

Companies based in the following countries are eligible:


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.


How many projects may I submit?


A company can apply with different projects as long as these projects are distinct and fulfil eligibility criteria.


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


No, a project can only be submitted in 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 Winners: a communication campaign to boost their brand awareness and up to 100,000€ to invest and develop their organisation. In addition, Winning Teams 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 de Maires, le Forum R&D d’EDF, les Electric Days EDF, etc.


Privacy and Confidentiality


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


Each member of the candidate teams must authorize, free of charge, the Organiser to photograph, film, record and exploit his image, his voice, and his words.

The elements provided in the application are confidential. However, the pitch of the project may be used for communication purposes on all types of media.

The authorisation of exploitation of image is valid 5 years as from the date of the application.

Read more in Article 10 of the Terms and Conditions.




What are my obligations as a candidate?


Entering the EDF PULSE AWARDS requires the full and unreserved acceptance of the full Terms and Conditions – 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 also 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 votes will open in August 2019 and will close at the end of September 2019. Dates will be specified later.


Who can vote?


All internet-users can vote.


I have technical problems


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I have difficulties while completing my application


What are the different kinds of fundraising?


Funds can be raised by self-financing, love money, crowdfunding (on platforms like Kickstarter, KissKissBankBank, Ulule, WiSEED, etc.), business angels, investment fund, public subsidies (ANR, BPI, SATT, Regional Council, etc.), etc.  


What is expected from the pitch video of the project?


The pitch video should showcase your founder or someone in the team AND your innovation. You must pitch your project and, if you wish, expose your motivation to participate in the EDF Pulse Start-up 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 Youtube.


I want to submit 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


I have submitted my application


How can I be 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 the reception of your application 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 beginning of October 2019 (the date will be announced later on). This Boot Camp is an intensive coaching session (1 to 2 days) to improve your pitch presentation in front of the Grand Jury.


How long is the pitch before the Grand Jury?


The pitch has to be 10-minute long.


When & where does the Awards Ceremony take place?


The EDF Pulse Start-up Awards will be given during an EDF event around innovation. It will take place in October 2019 in Paris.


What if I cannot go to the Awards Ceremony?


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


For each event, will EDF cover my accommodation and transport costs?


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