Making offshore wind more affordable reliable and sustainable

Offshore Wind Innovation Challenge

The Dutch offshore wind industry is recognized for its experience, expertise and innovation skills. To make offshore wind even more affordable, reliable and sustainable, game changing innovations are necessary. They will give offshore wind the best position in the energy system, both in the Netherlands and internationally. That’s why Offshore Wind Innovators has taken the initiative to launch the Offshore Wind Innovation Challenge. 

Date: June 14, 2017

Out of the box solutions making offshore wind more affordable, reliable and sustainable

The Offshore Wind Innovation Challenge, a very successful and proven concept of competition and used in several markets however unique for the Dutch Offshore Wind market. The Offshore Wind Innovation Challenge is exclusively developed for Dutch SMEs, start-ups and students solving problems of Dutch corporates.

The aim of the challenge is to connect our Business Partners which are looking for out of the box solutions with entrepreneurs presenting the solution, the industry is looking for.

                          Take up this challenge!


Innovation Challenges

Possible topics include:

  • Accessibility
  • Remote operations and repair
  • Improve or replace existing bolting practices
  • Reduce inspection time and risks (above/ under water)
  • Corrosion prevention, monitoring
  • Increase cable integrity
  • Data management: big data management systems
  • Enlarge operational window for maintenance
  • Power forecasting and trading
  • Energy storage and integration (Power to Gas)
  • Corporate PPA’s
  • Weather Forecasting
  • …….

We encourage our Business Partners to bring in their specific challenge which needs to be solved!

Challenge Set-Up


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.

Submission of challenge

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.


During the Masterclass, the Business Partners will present their specific challenge to the selected entrepreneurs. The participants 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 5 participants per topic.


During the Bootcamp the selected participants will be supported by independent and business partner 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, 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.

Offshore Wind Innovators Event

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 a jury and a public audience.  The jury will choose the winner.


Selected entrepreneurs will have access to:

  • Coaching Expert coaching and steering from leading offshore wind Business Partners during the Masterclass and Bootcamp
  • Launching Customer Demonstrate their innovation to a Business Partner
  • Exposure Support with raising awareness of innovation results and technology within the offshore wind industry


  • Competition open: June 14
  • Application deadline: July 15
  • Masterclass:  to be announced
  • Bootcamp: August 27
  • Winners announced during Offshore Wind Innovators Event: November 29th

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