EBAN and SME Instrument Collaborate on First Ever Live Scaleup of the Month Competition

CEO of winning scaleup VoltStorage Jakob Bitner with the Scaleup of the Month jury


On 10 September, the first live edition of EBAN’s monthly Scaleup of the Month initiative took place in Berlin at the EIC Innovators’ Summit 2018. The live scaleup competition was a collaboration between EBAN and SME Instrument, continuing from the joint EBAN/SME Instrument Scaleup of the Month webinar, which took place in May 2018.

5 participating companies – representing Germany, France, Spain and UK – pitched for 6 minutes in front of a jury made up of EBAN President Peter Cowley, Board Members Audra Shallal and Larissa Best, and member Victoria Hernandez. After the pitches, jury members had 4 minutes to ask questions and provide valuable feedback to the founders.

Scaleup of the Month Jury

After an exciting competition, German-based VoltStorage, which develops safe and ecological energy storage devices, took first place, winning a chance to participate in the upcoming 2018 EBAN Winter Summit taking place on 22-23 October in Luxembourg, among other benefits.

EBAN would like to congratulate VoltStorage and its CEO Jakob Bitner for their win, as well as the other competing companies – Monteloeder, EP Tender, ValueChain and Greenspider – for their great contributions.

Special thanks goes to SME Instrument, in particular Romain Bouttier, Agnieszka Stasiakowska and Diana Rucinschi, for their collaboration and help in taking the Scaleup of the Month initiative from the screen to the stage.

While the jury was deliberating on which company to award the title of Scaleup of the Month to, Diana Rucinschi Project Officer at EASME, unveiled the brand-new ScaleUP EU platform, which is an online matching tool designed to connect investors with companies funded by the EIC pilot (SME Instrument, Fast Track to Innovation and FET-OPEN). We invite you to visit the European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot website to learn more about the new platform.

EBAN is looking forward to supporting more great companies in their search for investment!