Last year's winner of the Erasmus Energy Award 2015, Solarkiosk's Sebastian Massmann, centre
Last year's winner of the Erasmus Energy Award 2015, Solarkiosk's Sebastian Massmann, centre

Businesses working on energy business ideas and concepts that improve people’s lives, that promote the success of other businesses or protect the planet can win international recognition. There’s an opportunity to win time on stage to pitch their business to a large audience of leading thinkers from international business, academia and politics at the Erasmus Energy Forum in Rotterdam on Wednesday, 18 May. The event is hosted by the Erasmus Centre for Future Energy Business (ECFEB) based at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM).

The deadline for submissions for the Erasmus Energy Business Award is Monday, 11 April 2016.

Future-proofing businesses and organisations increasingly means using digital innovation, especially in energy business. This is why the Erasmus Energy Forum brings together politicians, academics and business leaders to contribute to the energy debate at its annual event. And RSM is once again putting the spotlight on new ideas and research in future energy business by looking for the best ideas, concepts, start-ups and business models that contribute to improving people’s lives, business success, and the planet for its Erasmus Energy Business Award.

The Erasmus Energy Forum event is attended by international business leaders, leading academics and world-class thinkers from a wide range of industry sectors – including power producers, equities, transport and trade associations. They will discuss digital innovation as a key enabler for energy transition to redefine the energy landscape. An early bird discount is available for registering to attend before Friday 1 April.

The Forum’s Business Day is on Wednesday 18 May at World Trade Center Rotterdam, and Science Day is on Thursday 19 May on Erasmus University’s campus.

Business Day

Business Day brings together leading energy practitioners, policy makers, entrepreneurs and researchers who will explore various topics such as public-private innovation partnerships, big data and new business models in the energy market, digital entrepreneurship and disruption, and the German energy market. Speakers include Medy van der Laan, chairman of Energie-Nederland; Bertrand van Ee, chairman Climate-KIC; Marc Bras, manager BMWi at BMW Group Nederland and Peter Vermaat, CEO of Enexis among others.

Call for scientific papers

Alongside the business award, there’s a science award too. For researchers, the Erasmus Energy Science Award is asking for academic papers to be submitted for Science Day at the Erasmus Energy Forum on Thursday 19 May. The judges will be looking for the best research paper that pairs practical relevance to future energy business, and presents new findings with scientific rigour.

Early Bird

You’re still in time to use the Early Bird registration rate to book your seat at the Erasmus Energy Forum, until Friday 1 April 2016.

More information

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is one of Europe’s top-ranked business schools. RSM provides ground-breaking research and education furthering excellence in all aspects of management and is based in the international port city of Rotterdam – a vital nexus of business, logistics and trade. RSM’s primary focus is on developing business leaders with international careers who can become a force for positive change by carrying their innovative mindset into a sustainable future. Our first-class range of bachelor, master, MBA, PhD and executive programmes encourage them to become critical, creative, caring and collaborative thinkers and doers.

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