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Alperia Startup Factory

Alperia Startup Factory

Shape The Future With Italy’s Green Energy Leader

Pitch your solution to Italy’s green energy leader & accelerate your business!

We are searching for startups and creative minds to partner up in order to work on new business opportunities.

Alperia is one of Italy’s largest green energy providers with more than 280.000 customers and a forerunner in the field of energy production from renewable resources. Alperia’s vision is to mold the energy of the future. South Tyrol produces a big surplus of renewable energy and has one of the highest densities of charging stations in Europe.

Together with you – startups, SMEs, talents and universities – Alperia wants to develop breakthrough solutions for the energy industry and beyond. Help Alperia to shape the future and expand South Tyrol’s status as a smart region. Benefit from a leader’s know-how, resources and network in order to grow your business.

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Bolzano, Italy

Travel and accommodation costs covered

  • Smart Mobility
  • Smart Home & Building Automation
  • Public Lighting
  • Hydropower
  • Call-Center Optimization

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Startups wanted! Pitch your solution to Italy’s green energy leader Alperia. Join the Startup Factory and revolutionize the energy industry with us!

Questions? Contact us

Johanna Zauner
Johanna Zauner+43 677 629 400 99

Cooperation Partner

Pitch your solution at the Alperia Startup Factory

Kickstart your product or service with our new and exciting startup program. Gain a foothold in a high-potential market and grab the unique opportunity to partner up with Alperia, Italy’s green energy leader.

Do you offer a solution in the fields of Smart Mobility, Smart Home and Building Automation, Public Lighting, Hydropower or Call-Center Optimization? The most promising applications will have the chance to join the Alperia Startup Factory!

What’s in it for you?

Receive a PoC budget to accelerate your success

Get a PoC budget to develop a proof-of-concept project in cooperation with Alperia

Get access to a large customer base

Reach out to more than 280.000 customers

Land an investment

Further cooperation can include an equity exchange, depending on the final results

Expand to Italy and boost your business

Win Alperia as a partner to successfully gain a foothold in the Italian market

Get access to valuable resources

Benefit from getting access to resources, know-how, markets, and a large network

Get a strong and dedicated partner

Enter a partnership with a successful and experienced industry leader, dedicated to innovation

Grow you network

Get in touch with Alperia, a leading expert and hotspot for smart solutions for regions

Expert mentoring

Accelerate your business idea through expert mentoring

Search fields

smart mobility
Smart Mobility

  • Innovative Business Models
  • Charging solutions
  • Electric vehicles

Smart Home & Building Automation

  • Energy community
  • For public & private buildings
  • Smart water metering
  • District heating systems

Public Lighting

  • Street lighting
  • Maintenance
  • Remote control
  • LED solutions
  • Public security


  • Monitoring leakage in penstocks & galleries
  • Leakage prediction

Call-Center Optimization

  • Chatbots
  • Conversational AI
  • Multichannel

Who are we looking for?


offering an innovative product, service, process or technology related to our search topics.


with new and innovative solutions or technologies in their portfolio.


from all industry fields, public or private research centers, etc.

Universities & research departments

that are currently working on groundbreaking topics.

The Journey

Application deadline: 5.11.2018

Remote Pitches:
21. – 22.11.2018

Innovation Camp:
10. – 11.12.2018

Welcoming on Sunday evening, 9.12.2018

Acceleration Phase:
January – May 2019

Onboarding Workshop:


Successful launch or cooperation

Scope of the project

A dynamic market is looking for great startups! The energy sector is changing rapidly. The use of renewable energy sources, new systems for more efficient energy use as well as innovative service offerings are increasing. Alperia wants to be a driving force and play a leading role in this development, encouraging innovation in various fields.

To develop breakthrough solutions, Alperia is now looking for startups and creative minds with great ideas to revolutionize the industry.

alperia headquarters
Johann Wohlfarter

“We are convinced that courageous and visionary ideas of startups are an important driver to rethink the future of energy.”
– Johann Wohlfarter, CEO

About Alperia

Let’s revolutionize the energy industry! Alperia is the largest provider of energy services in South Tyrol, a province in the north of Italy, and it is one of the leading Italian companies in the field of energy production from renewable sources.

Our core business involves the production of energy from renewable sources, the management of electricity grid and the sale of energy and district heating systems, as well as the development of innovative energy solutions for the future.

At Alperia, we want to mold the energy of the future in order to make an active contribution to the mapping out of the future of Smart Regions. It is our aim to be a leading force in the provision of energy services and to foster an intelligent, digital-based energy future for our customers.

  • More than 280.000 customers
  • 1,2 billion € revenue in 2016
  • 1,000 employees
  • 8,778 km of energy grids
  • South Tyrol produces a surplus of renewable energy and has one of the highest densities of charging stations in Central Europe
  • Network partnership with the business incubator in NOI Techpark

Startups & creative minds wanted!

Join the Alperia Startup Factory and pitch your smart solution to Italy’s green energy leader!

Grow your business with the help of Alperia’s expert network, get access to resources and markets, exchange ideas, and discuss potential long-term cooperations.

Join Alperia in building innovative solutions for a smart region.
Contact us for more information.

Johanna Zauner Johanna Zauner +43 677 629 400 99


Is transportation and accommodation covered?

Yes, reasonable travel expenses (transportation to and from Bolzano, accommodation for non-residents) will be reimbursed following Alperia’s travel expenses rules (train, flight economy, taxi/rental car/own car if necessary)

What is the working language?

Workshop input, documentation, and pitches in English please. While working in your team: if 100% of your team members prefer German/Italian or any other language spoken within our team, that is not a problem!

Is it necessary to travel to Bolzano for this event?

Its mandatory to attend the Innovation Camp, the Onboarding and the Demo Day at the end of the program (if you are among the selected startups). They will all be held in Bolzano. Depending on the team, there are also on-site meetings during the proof-of-concept phase.

Are only startups from the energy sector included?

No. We are equally interested in Startups working on technologies, solutions or services that could be used for the energy industry but have not yet provided an application in this field.

How can I apply for this program?

Apply HERE, filling out the application form and provide us with the core information about your company (It takes approximately 15 minutes to present and register your startup). If we require further information, we will contact you for a personal interview.
Rolling admission; admission deadline is the 5th of November 2018, 23:59 CET.

What happens after my application?

Best-in-class startups will be invited for an online interview (remote pitch) with our team and top managers and experts from Alperia to discuss their business model, technology, and growth ambitions.
Successful candidates will then be invited to the innovation camp.
The selected Startups will enter the Proof-of-Concept phase and will pitch at the final event in front of top management of Alperia.
Successful teams will be then given the chance to enter a cooperation with Alperia.

How does the selection process work?

The call is still open until November 5th, 2018 and all applications will be reviewed during the next weeks.

Admission is on a rolling basis with two scheduled screening rounds:

1st screening round: 15.10.2018
2nd screening round: 06.11.2018

After an objective rating of all applications, you will get the notification in case you are among the top selected startups who are invited to present their ideas within a remote pitching session.

When do I get the notification if I will be invited to the Remote Pitching Session?

We will inform you in case you are among the top selected startups who are admitted to the pitching session by November 19th, 2018.

What happens at the Remote Pitching Session?

Top selected startups are invited to present their business ideas within an online interview to our team and top managers and expert from Alperia. You will have 3 minutes to pitch your ideas, followed by a short question-answer round. Successful candidates will then be invited to the innovation camp.

What is the Innovation Camp?

It’s a two-days workshop, where startups, as well as experts and top management from Alperia, will meet to:

Identify open and critical questions

Match between startup capabilities and requirements of Alperia

Clear common understanding of the next steps:

field trials, PoC Roadmap incl. budget, marketing scenarios, business case

Who decides about the participation to the Acceleration Phase?

A jury consisting of the CEO and members of the top management of Alperia

What happens during the Proof-of-Concept Phase?

Validation of the proposal, Pilots and field trials, Business case

What does the budget during the Proof-of-Concept Phase include and how big is it?

Budget for testing, field trials and prototyping foreseen (amount depending on project scope, subject to negotiations), Travel costs subsidized