Tackle your project like an entrepreneur

PowerLab is a special format for you to validate and execute your projects successfully. We offer you the perfect setting to step into the driver’s seat and bring your project to success through validation, coaching, fast decision-making, and real customer feedback. Join the program now!

Work like an 

entrepreneur 

within TenneT 

YOUR BENEFITS WITH POWERLAB

Join the fast lane to bring your project to success

Being part of the PowerLab gives you the opportunity to validate your project, to get management exposure and to learn more about innovative methodologies. Ultimately, the program is your fast lane to drive your Project to success and have an impact on topics that matter for the future of TenneT.

  1. Get the budget your project needs
  2. Benefit from fast decision-making
  3. Meet innovative, like-minded colleagues
  4. Get leadership attention
  5. Broaden your network within TenneT and beyond

WHAT TO EXPECT

We guide you through every step
of your entrepreneurial journey

In this program you will follow the path in three phases: Explore, Develop and Establish. Depending on the maturity of your project, you can either start in Explore or in Develop phase.

 

Explore

January - April 2023

Validate the challenge your project tackles and prove that it is relevant for TenneT. Attend the PowerCamp – a workshop week which is designed to discover all open questions linked to your projects and to define a way how to answer them. Pitch your project at the end of the week to the jury to get the resources for the following months of Explore phase, in which you will validate the identified questions. Close the Explore phase with the Demo Day and convince the decision makers to further support your project with budget and resources.

Activities: Desk research, customer interviews, stakeholder mapping

Support: Business model coaching, networking and developing the intrapreneurial mindset

Events:

– PowerLab Week: Jan 23rd – Jan 27th

– Pitch Day: Jan 27th

– Explore Mid-Term workshop: Mar 21st

Develop

January - April 2023

Develop a prototype of your solution and test it with potential internal or external customers. Get feedback on your solution and improve it in an iterative way. Prove that you can solve the challenge with your project. Close the Develop phase with the Demo Day and convince the decision makers to further support your project with budgett and resources.

Activities: Testing, Prototyping, Experiments

Support: Venture architect coaching, Technical experts, Networking

Events:

– Develop Bootcamp: Jan 16th – Jan 18th 

– Develop Mid-Term workshop: Mar 16th

– Develop Wrap-Up workshop: Apr 17th

Establish

Project specific

Launch and establish or grow your project. Test all aspects of your business model in a small-scale pilot. Start growing your project. 

 

Follow your project-specific path.

Activities: Testing, Prototyping, Experiments

Support: Venture architect coaching, Technical experts, Networking

THE PROCESS

This is how your journey will look like

Submit your project and join either Explore or Develop Phase. Pitch your project to the jury in the Demo Day and learn whether your project is moving on to Develop or Establish phase or needs another iteration in an Explore phase.

 

Submit 

your project

by Nov. 25th 2022
1

Explore

January - April 2023

Develop

January - April 2023
2

Demo

Day

April 26th 2023
3

Next 

Explore phase

Next
Develop phase

Establish phase

4

BE PART OF THE INNOVATIVE CROWD

Wondering if you can apply?
We welcome all employees who
want to boost their projects

Projects

Enter Explore or Develop phase, depending on the maturity of your project. No matter which stage your project is in, we give you just what you need to advance it to bring it to the fast lane.

Work on a 

project that 

matters

Not sure if your project or idea fits the format?
Simply reach out to us via the contact form below
.

JOIN OUR PROGRAM

We are looking for projects and ideas that will enable TenneT to

  1. Provide a great and safe place to work for up to 10,000 employees and (sub) contractors
  2. Secure healthy asset base where customers can be connected within a set number of months
  3. Maintain the highest level in security of supply
  4. Realize at least 5 significant energy system innovations

JOIN OUR PROGRAM

Get inspired by our first edition projects and participants

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Offshore Subsea Converter

The hybrid offshore subsea converter is an invention-based asset design for offshore wind energy integration. It is improving the state-of-the-art technology towards a simple, modular, and scalable solution. Unlike the platform of today, most on the technical inventory can be exchanged and maintained at land.
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Brain Connectors

Enabling our new people to do their job 30% faster and more comfortably. We identify the knowledge that new colleagues really need and impart it at the time it’s really needed. We also aim to make knowledge accessible and more independent from single experts.
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Accelerate the Circular Economy

Reuse of (materials of) high voltage transformers to accelerate the circular economy within TenneT. With this solution we aim to stabilize the material prices and have better and faster availability of the transformers.
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Lessons Learned

Relaunching ‚Lessons Learned‘, LPO‘s central knowledge management repository, with significantly improved usability for submitters and those seeking to benefit from past learnings, plus — most importantly — reviving the spirit of sharing across all LPO project teams.
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PowerLab really helped our team
to make great progress with our project

Hi, I’m Annelie. Together with my colleagues Jakob and Christian we wanted to execute our initiative that focuses on improving the knowledge access for new employees. PowerLab showed us how to validate our project, which helped us to save time and generate valuable learnings with just one day per week on this topic. 

Annelie Grömer, Team Brain Connectors

Advisor Competence Management, Grid Field Operations Excellence, Strategy & Business Support

Test and validate if other people in the company face the challenge we’ve identified

Estimate the value that can be created if we improve the current way of knowledge sharing

Consolidate our idea into a project plan

Outline and connect with our potential stakeholders in different departments

Get sponsorship and approval for the project from the executive board 

Execute the first demo of our project
and draw conclusions for improvements

I see the benefit of PowerLab two-fold:

On the one side, it helps us to further support and implement projects with high relevance and a great potential for success. And on the other side, as a TenneT employee you get to work with innovative methods and tools, execute your project like an entrepreneur, and ultimately, advance your career.

Christine Schneider

Head Board Office, TenneT

REACH OUT TO US

Still have questions?

We’ve got you covered!

Who is eligible to apply?

PowerLab is a company-wide format open for applications from all TenneT employees with an entrepreneurial mindset working on a project and wanting to speed it up and bring it to life.

Do I need to have a team to apply?

A team (of up to four people) is preferred but not mandatory. In a team, you can split up the project work and use the diverse skill sets for a joint goal. In case you believe you need more than four team members, please specify why. Applications by individuals are also welcomed. However, we encourage you to look for additional team members to join you on your entrepreneurial journey.

What do I need to bring to the table?
  • A project or an idea for a project that will solve a challenge for TenneT. If this project is already known to and is in favour of a manager, this is a plus.
  • Most importantly: passion for working in a start-up-like environment to bring your project to life, and motivation to learn new methods and approaches.
What types of projects can I apply with?

We are looking for all projects that address relevant problems and needs, either of our customers or our operations. Regardless of whether your project drastically improves our operations or explores new products, services, and business models, it should have the potential to be scaled across multiple divisions of our company. If you and your team have the curiosity and motivation to succeed, it does not matter whether you are still at an early stage or have already begun actively working on the realization of the project.

 

If you have any doubts or question if your project is a match for the program – don’t hesitate to get in touch with the PowerLab team at powerlab@tennet.eu.

If you have any doubts or question if your project is a match for the program – don’t hesitate to get in touch with the PowerLab team at powerlab@tennet.eu.

If you have any doubts or questions if your project is a match for the program – don’t hesitate to get in touch with the PowerLab team at powerlab@tennet.eu.

  1. Provide a great and safe place to work for up to 10,000 employees and (sub) contractors
  2. Secure healthy asset base where customers can be connected within a set number of months
  3. Achieve 99,99% of the supply security
  4. Realize at least 5 significant energy system innovations

If you have any doubts or questions if your idea is a match for the program – please reach out to us via the contact form.

In what language can I submit my application?

The language for the application is English. If you can only apply in another language or need language assistance, please get in touch with the PowerLab team at powerlab@tennet.eu.

How do projects get selected?

Once the application phase has ended, a committee of cross-divisional experts and the PowerLab core team will evaluate all projects and jointly decide which ones will be shortlisted. The shortlisted teams are then notified and invited to the first phase of PowerLab – either Explore or Develop, based on your project’s maturity.

What happens with my current position?

Your current position will not be affected by your participation in PowerLab. There will be no changes to your salary and other benefits. Your contract stays untouched.

Where can I get additional information about PowerLab?

Download the PowerLab pitch-deck for more information here. Feel free to share it with your colleagues as well as the link to this webpage. If some of your questions are still not covered, please reach out to the PowerLab team at powerlab@tennet.eu.

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