Smart City & Utility

Pilot Pitch

$10,000 in Prizes

The Event

Zpryme’s start@ETS will feature a Pilot Pitch Competition that will result in innovative pilots being proposed to key decision makers and experts in the fields of energy, smart cities, transportation, mobility, EVs, and/or energy storage solutions. The winning pitch will be awarded with next-step meetings with the appropriate parties (city, utility, etc.) along with a cash prize. There is a total of $10,000 in prizes.

The goal of the program is to demonstrate new solutions (companies) that can solve real-world problems. Emerging startups, academic groups, R&D labs, small groups and teams are welcome to submit proposals. Established companies may be considered if the proposal demonstrates or pilots a new solution that is not currently available on the market.

The Victor

Each contender has five minutes to pitch judges. The judges then have up to five minutes to ask questions. Three finalists will be selected under 3 distinct categories, with 9 total finalists. The 3 categories are as follows:

  • smart cities / smart transportation / mobility
  • analytics / cybersecurity / blockchain / AI / IOT
  • solar / storage / renewables

There will be a $2,000 prize for each category, plus an additional $4,000 prize for the overall winner of start@ETS.

Review Process

Proposals are due Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at 11:59 PM CDT. The proposals will be reviewed by judges in the utility, VC, and technology sectors. Only proposals submitted through the form below will be considered. Please review and complete the proposal outline below. A total of 9 finalists will be selected and notified by Wednesday, August 6, 2018. Finalists must attend and pitch their proposal at the start@ETS event on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at the One World Theatre in Austin, TX.


Entries no longer accepted. Thank you to all those who applied.