Next-
Incubator

With Co-Creation for digital transformation


We are looking for innovative forward-looking visionaries with an entrepreneurial mindset!

TThe Next-Incubator is the open innovation lab of Energie Steiermark, one of the largest service companies in Austria. 1700 employees devote their experience and expertise to a fair partnership with approximately 600,000 customers in Austria and abroad. We are looking for innovative partners to develop products and services for the new digital business of Energie Steiermark.

The application period for our current incubator has expired.

Present your business model idea – using a detailed business model canvas for instance – and implement your idea together with Energie Steiermark in a showcase.

We are happy to inform you when our new incubator starts:
next-incubator@e-steiermark.com


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We can offer you

Insights into the business model development process within the Energie Steiermark infrastructure

Feedback & Know-how



A pool of internal and external experts with years of experience in the energy industry is on hand to offer its consulting expertise and support.

Lead user access

We facilitate access to lead users to enable rapid product testing (Product-Market Fit)

Network of partners

Our partner network will provide assistance throughout the product development phase.

Market access

The development of your concept will benefit from the coverage and trust enjoyed by Energie Steiermark.

Financial support

We work with you to implement your concept as a showcase and make the necessary resources available.


We are happy to put a workplace infrastructure in Graz at your disposal for your time in the Next-Incubator as required.

Our Next Co-Creation Approach

We are looking for innovative minds who have always wanted to find out how good their ideas really are. Through experience sharing, joint meetings & feedback sessions we develop the showcase & take it into the test phase with you.

We want to trial an innovative and scalable business model on our platform together with the winning team.

Develop products, services and business models for new and existing customers.

Through a confidentiality agreement we guarantee you ownership of your business model.

If Energie Steiermark does develop your business model and turn it into a product, you will be reimbursed 3,500 EUR.

We want to go through the following process together with you:

  • Open Call

    Apply to the Next-Incubator with a business idea.

  • Selection process

    5 finalists are selected by an internal jury of experts.

  • Next-Incubator Bootcamp

    The 5 finalists will be invited to Graz where over the course of a day they will give a detailed explanation of their business model with support from experts from Energie Steiermark and then present it before a jury. At the end of the boot camp an expert jury will select a business model for the implementation of a showcase.

  • Showcase implementation

    Development and implementation of a pilot project based on the developed business model. There are continuous milestones for evaluating the solution throughout the entire duration of the showcase.

The business model ideas are decided on by an internal panel of experts. Key criteria for the selection of the best idea include:

  • Product potential
  • Scalability of the solution (costs, growth potential)
  • Potential speed of implementation
  • Business model with an innovative edge
  • Strategic fit

Application & documents






The deadline for submission of the current Next-Incubator Call for IoT-based, scalable business models was 11 June 2018.

Currently no submissions are possible.



Questions?

Write us: next-incubator@e-steiermark.com
We look forward to hearing groundbreaking ideas from motivated visionaries!