The “Unlock Your Ability” Challenge (hereinafter the Challenge) is an initiative promoted by ABB S.p.A. – ABB SACE Division (hereafter ABB) and realized in collaboration with PoliHub Servizi srl (hereafter PoliHub).
The program targets aspiring entrepreneurs with groundbreaking business ideas, product- or service-oriented projects, supporting them through a tailored empowerment path and through the facilitated access to resources, facilities and relationships in the energy distribution ecosystem.
The goal of the Challenge is to enhance and reward the best start-ups and business ideas in the energy distribution field, in order to transform innovation excellence into viable operating models, thus actively participating in the development of a more sustainable and environmental friendly economic energy distribution model.
The application areas include:
The call is open to start-up initiatives proposed by subjects not yet constituted in legal form or constituted in legal form for less than 12 months from the application date.
The eligible subjects are aspiring entrepreneurs (over 18 years old, individually or in teams), falling under the following categories:
Projects can be proposed by teams or individuals. The maximum number of team members is 4.
The deadline for the submission of the applications is April 30th, 2017.
The Organization reserves the right to modify if necessary the procedures for the submission of applications and to extend one or more terms of delivery and submission of applications by posting the notice on the website.
The goal of the Challenge is to enhance and reward the best start-ups and business ideas in the energy distribution field, in order to transform innovation excellence into viable operating models.
The selected projects participate in a training and acceleration program coordinated by PoliHub, as described below:
For the participation to the Acceleration Program, the teams will receive a flat-rate reimbursement of 1500 EUR per month (1000 EUR for one-person teams).
By the end of the Acceleration program, the teams are expected to present the following deliverables:
The program is defined into the following stages and timing:
The projects and their progress will be reviewed by the jury, which consists of:
The Jury assesses the projects regularly submitted and deemed eligible under the following criteria:
The Jury evaluates the progress of the projects in a pitch held at the end of the Innovation Training. The clarity and effectiveness in the presentation of the project (pitch) are considered rewarding elements. The Jury’s decision is final and binding.
6.1 ABB, PoliHub, as well as all the subjects involved in the various stages of implementation of the activities within the Challenge, are bound to keep confidential and not to disclose to third parties or to use directly or indirectly – for reasons not strictly connected to the implementation of the initiative itself, as well as to the related activities, referred to in points 3 and 4 above – the information, data and documentation relating to the Participants and the entrepreneurial projects proposed that they get to know during the organization and implementation of the initiative.
Such commitment remains valid also after the conclusion of the initiative itself. It is specified in advance that, for the activities covered by this initiative, the organizers of the same can benefit from third party collaborations.
6.2 In this case, data and personal information, and/or information related to the projects submitted, can be communicated to third parties, entrusted under point 6.1 above, for purposes exclusively related to the preparation/organization of the initiatives or activities that constitute a significant and essential part of the Unlock Your Ability program, better described in the previous Articles 3 and 4, care of the organizers, pursuant to the provisions on privacy referred to in Italian L.D. 196/2003.
In connection with the foregoing, PoliHub is responsible for informing third parties, referred to in paragraph 6.1 above, of the private and confidential nature of the information and for obtaining, in their exclusive interest, the undertaking, on the part of the same third parties, of appropriate confidentiality commitments, while acknowledging the responsibility for damage caused in consequence of any breach of such commitments.
On the basis of the above, Participants in the Challenge initiative therefore recognize and acknowledge that under no circumstances ABB and PoliHub can be held liable with regard to any claims, damages, direct or indirect, or consequences arising from the fraudulent use of the information by the aforementioned third parties.
The personal information provided for the participation in the selection of the Challenge initiative will be used by ABB and PoliHub in their capacity of independent Holders, each for the profiles of their respective competence.
The omitted consent to the processing of personal data by the Participant, to be issued at the foot of the aforementioned disclosure, involves the impossibility to participate in the Challenge.
With regard to the communication activities for the promotion of the Challenge, the projects submitted by the Participants in the Acceleration Program will be made public as for their general features, as agreed with the Participants themselves.
In consideration of the modes of participation in this initiative, ABB and PoliHub assume no responsibility for technical malfunctions (hardware or software), interruptions of network connections, registrations of users failed, incorrect, inaccurate, incomplete, illegible, damaged, lost, delayed, incorrectly addressed or intercepted, or for registrations of Participants which, for any reason, have not been received, electronic communications (or of other kind) that have been delayed or other technical problems related to the registration and the upload of contents as part of this initiative.
ABB and PoliHub shall therefore exclude any form of repayment and compensation, both partial and total, regarding:
Participants in the Challenge guarantee that:
The subjects participating in the Challenge declare to be aware that the contents of the projects delivered for the purpose of the participation in the initiative covered by this Statute are uniquely and exclusively under their responsibility (including penal responsibilities), thus relieving as of now ABB and PoliHub from any third party claims.
ABB and PoliHub also reiterate their non-involvement in any action and behaviour carried out during the event by individual Participants that will constitute a violation of the civil and criminal laws currently in force.
Participation in the initiative implies the total acceptance of this Statute and its Annexes, which Participants declare having read, understood and accepted. The failure to accept the Statute and the incomplete, inaccurate or false compilation of the application form by the Participants will entail the disqualification from the competition, the loss of any right to any awards, waiving any form of recourse against ABB and PoliHub. Each Participant is hereby informed of the legal consequences that false and mendacious declarations entail.
ABB and PoliHub reserve the right, without liability, to amend this Statute at any time, including the rights or obligations of Participants, ABB and PoliHub. In such event, the amendment will become effective at the time the amended Statute is posted on the dedicated website.
The Statute is regulated by Italian Law. The Court of Milan is competent for any dispute/litigation.