Snam has created HyAccelerator, the world’s first corporate-scale hydrogen startup accelerator program.
The project officially began today with the launch of the first call for startups, which is open to all players involved in the hydrogen value chain, from transportation to storage and end applications.
Cosma Panzacchi, Executive Vice President Hydrogen at Snam said, ‘HyAccelerator is aimed at boosting the development of the hydrogen ecosystem by focusing on the most promising technologies and facilitating their entry into the market. Through this initiative, Snam will come into contact with the most innovative startups in the sector at a global level, strengthening its role as an enabler of the hydrogen supply chain and energy transition’.
The firms selected following the calls will participate in a four- to six-month acceleration program that will include research and development assistance, as well as mentoring, networking, and technology testing. These initiatives will also be able to exploit the network established by Snam in collaboration with universities and research institutions through the Hydrogen Innovation Center.
At the conclusion of the event, the entrepreneurs will collaborate with Snam to conduct feasibility assessments for future hydrogen pilot projects. Snam’s mission is to identify and promote technologies that have the greatest potential to accelerate hydrogen development and contribute to efforts to decarbonize the economy in accordance with national and international climate goals.
HyAccelerator is a component of Snam’s innovation strategy, and the application and selection process for startups will be coordinated by Snaminnova, the company’s Open Innovation platform.
More information is available at www.hyaccelerator.com.