The European Innovation Council Business Acceleration Services invite you to participate in our brand-new Energy4Planet-iniatitive. This is a great opportunity to enhance your cooperation with LafargeHolcim, the world’s global leader in building solutions and co-create innovative solutions to a number of pre-determined challenges related to the European Green Deal and energy transition. 


Applications are open until 14 March 2021


What is Energy4Planet?

The major energy transition challenges of the Green Deal and the associated ambitious goals will need close collaboration across value chains. It will also require concrete pilots with the best startups, knowledgeable corporates and technology institutes that the European ecosystem has to offer. On that account, the EIC is opening applications for the Energy4Planet, a brand-new initiative part of the EIC Corporate Programme It builds upon the success of last year’s EIC Planet.tech. where more than a dozen EIC-innovators got together with four large corporates to co-create solutions and start pilots together. After a few months seven different pilots and partnerships were initiated and presented during the R&I Days in September 2020 (more info here).

With the Energy4Planet-initiative, the EIC Business Acceleration Services once again offers the opportunity to enhance your cooperation with large corporates and co-create innovative solutions to a number of pre-determined challenges in the field of energy transition EIC funded SMEs with innovative solutions to challenges posed by LafargeHolcim are encouraged to apply (more info below).


Selection procedure and programme

The Energy4Planet-iniatitive is divided into three different phase:

Phase I: LafargeHolcim will dedicate a team of experts to select the SME’s with the highest possibilities to develop a joint Proof of Concept (PoC) around the challenges proposed (more info below). Those selected will be invited to a (digital) event, foreseen for 4 & 5 May 2021, to facilitate further collaboration between selected SMEs and corporates.

Phase II: After the event, LafargeHolcim will select the best beneficiary(ies) to proceed for a POC, MVP or another form of collaboration. Those involved are encouraged to use 1 to 5 months to co-create and translate some of the propositions in an MVP or any other form of collaboration. This can include hands-on work, training webinars and support during the same period. 

Phase III: The Energy4Planet-iniatitive will culminate on a demo day happening at the Energy Week, taking place from 25-29 October 2021, in Brussels or digital (tbc) where both LafargeHolcim and EIC beneficiaries will be invited to demonstrate their work.


LafargeHolcim’s Challenges

  • Team CEM (Cement) is looking for:

Cement - Challenging the paradox: delivering high performance and low carbon-footprint with the binders of tomorrow

Looking beyond the “green-is-less-performing” mind-set. Differentiate by bringing the next generation of mineral binders delivering high added-value and low carbon footprint to the construction industry. Offer customer-specific performance and differentiated functionalities: mechanical performance, ease of use, workability, durability, finishing, while delivering high environmental performance.

Reinventing how the world builds for people and the planet.

  • Team GEO (Geocycle) is looking for:

Treatments for the beneficiation of industrial and municipal mineral wastes to make them usable as raw materials for the production of Portland clinker

For Construction Demolition Waste, technologies to:

  • Remove non-magnetic metal pieces, asbestos, plaster, plastics;
  • Separate CaO rich elements from SiO2 rich elements in the fines of Construction and Demolition wastes;
  • Remove organics, bottom ashes and ashes in general;
  • In general technologies to remove heavy metals, and in particular chromium, from steel slags, red muds, bottom ashes and ashes in general

Striving for a zero waste future by closing resource cycles.


Opportunities for selected EIC-funded SMEs

  • The chance to pitch and meet in an online environment with top corporate representatives;
  • Opportunity to be selected to co-develop a pilot project or Proof of Concept with LafargeHolcim and presenting your solution at a dedicated event in autumn 2021 (tbd);
  • Personalised online training on pitching techniques and LafargeHolcim specifications before the event;
  • Services related to support before, during and after the event.



This application is open to all EIC-backed SMEs.

You can apply by clicking on the following link.

After logging in with your EU-Login, please fill in the respective form.
In your application form, you should answer all questions and explain how you will approach this challenge and why your company has the most innovative solution.

Please acknowledge the information you provide on the application form will be shared with LafargeHolcim to maximise potential benefits and ensure the effectiveness of this challenge.

The Business Acceleration Services will contact all applicants once the selection process has been concluded. However, this contact does not include feedback or recommendations to those not selected.


Cancellation policy

Cancellations will only be considered in duly documented cases of “force majeure”. Unjustified cancellation can lead to exclusion in future Business Acceleration Services events. For additional information, please refer to our helpdesk: https://community-smei.easme-web.eu/contact (please choose “Energy4Planet” as the subject).


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