Offshore Wind Innovation Challenge 2019

The offshore wind industry faces a unique challenge to construct one of the largest infrastructural developments in Dutch history. To make offshore wind even more affordable, reliable and sustainable, game changing innovations are necessary. These innovations will give offshore wind a prominent position in the energy system, both in the Netherlands and internationally. Billions of Euro’s will be invested in offshore wind, creating huge business opportunities for companies pioneering in the offshore wind industry.  

1. Call for Offshore Wind Challenges

Although the Netherlands is known for its strong innovation skills and knowledge and experience in the wind and offshore industry, it’s lacking its own innovation challenge.

That’s why Offshore Wind Innovators has taken the initiative in 2018 to launch the Offshore Wind Innovation Challenge, to accelerate applied innovations in the offshore wind market.

 "Every innovation starts with a challenge and that is where you come in!"

Does your organization face technical challenges in offshore wind? Challenges during the development, installation, operations & maintenance or decommissioning phase? We call on you to share this challenge. Let our network of SME’s and start-ups come with innovative solutions ready to use within 6 months!

In May 2019 the second edition of the Offshore Wind Innovation Challenges (OWIC) will kick off. 

We invite you to sign up as Business Partner for the Offshore Wind Innovation Challenge 2019 and identify your technical challenge, together with us.

"Because smart companies which are beyond your scope and network can lead towards a great partnership!"

In only 6 months’ time, the first edition of the Challenge 2018 has led to various solutions. Last year’s finalists were:

  • Ridderflex (winner), with a new fender they innovated for SeaZip
  • Skeye and Prodrone, with blade inspections at night for Gemini
  • Mel Systems and Filtertechnik, with on the spot oil analyses for Gemini 

What’s in it for your organization?

  • Technical Innovation
  • Participating in a rapid but qualitative high innovation process
  • A solution & extra pair of brains to overcome your technical challenges
  • New Business collaborations with start-ups outside your scope
  • Media attention
  • Access to a broad network of innovative companies and start-ups active in the offshore sector who can help you to develop an innovative product or service
  • Your technical challenge in offshore wind.
  • Share your network
  • Time investment  
  • Possible new collaboration
  • Fee to participate at OWIC 2019 as a Business Partner  (€ 6000,-)

What do we ask?

  • Your technical challenge in offshore wind.
  • Share your network
  • Time investment  
  • Possible new collaboration
  • Fee to participate at OWIC 2019 as a Business Partner  (€ 6000,-)

2. Competition background

The Offshore Wind Innovators Challenge is especially for the Dutch offshore wind industry, start-ups  and SME’s. The Challenge aims to make offshore wind more affordable, reliable and sustainable giving offshore wind the best position in the energy system for the Netherlands but also internationally.

The aim of the challenge is: Connecting our Business Partners which are looking for out of the box solutions the industry is looking for.

3. OWIC 2019 - Challenge Set-Up

Preparation – April

Offshore Wind Innovators Business Partners will be contacted and asked to present a challenge in need for an innovative solution. These challenges will be part of an invitation letter to innovative entrepreneurs of our Community.

Kick Off  day –  13th of May

The Business Partners will present their Challenges to our Community.

Submission of challenge – 4 weeks open call

Entrepreneurs can apply their proposals in a fixed format, including the rules of the game. The next step is a fit for purpose scan in order to continue to the Masterclass.

Phase 1: Masterclass – 12th of June during the WindDays

During the Masterclass, the Business partner will present their specific challenge to the selected entrepreneurs. The entrepreneurs challenge the Business Partners asking questions in order to better understand the real problem to be solved.

Each participant gets the possibility to present his vision on a preferred topic to the Business Partner. Out of these presentations, the Business Partner who addressed the specific topic will select a maximum of 3 participants per topic to go to the Bootcamp.

Phase 2: Bootcamp – 13th of June 

During the Bootcamp the selected participants will be supported by the Business Partners and offshore energy experts. They will facilitate a training program and workshops in innovation and out-of-the-box solutions, and how to present them on stage. After having pitched their idea to a jury including their business partner, a maximum of 3 participants per topic will be selected.

Technical Check

Each participant needs to make its technical information available to the Business Partner for a technical and commercial due diligence. If the proposed solution passes this check, the participant will be invited to the final event.

Phase 3: Finals – Thursday 12th of September

All business partners and the top of the offshore wind Industry will be invited to join the Innovation Event. In addition to a poster presentation, the finalists will pitch their innovations for their Business Partner, jury and a public audience. 


  • Call Challenges open for Business Partners: April
  • Application deadline: June 10th
  • Masterclass: June 12th
  • Bootcamp: June
  • Finals: 12th September

More information?  

Any questions or requests can be sent to Erwin Coolen, 

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