PowerLab supports TenneT employees in validating and scaling projects around new energy technologies, services, and business models within the core business of our company. The program offers access to funding, coaching, entrepreneurial processes, a vast network of experts, and executive attention for the projects. Accepted teams get the chance to quickly test and prototype their projects and pitch for long-term support. The goal of this framework is to make it easier to realize and speed up projects in our organization.
In a rapidly evolving world, where customers’ needs and technologies are changing faster than ever, we need to smarten our core by exploring new opportunities and realizing innovative projects. We also need to ensure our best talents have the space to grow and develop within TenneT.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
The most important skill we are looking for at the beginning is your motivation to learn and make your project a success. At later phases we jointly try to add the right team members to build a kick-ass team!
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. Nevertheless, you should be able to define the challenge you aim to solve with your project and how you desire to address it. If you have already developed a proof of concept and can explain it at the time of the application, we will look at your application favorably. However, all projects are welcome!
PowerLab is here to support early-stage projects, not mature businesses. Hence, you are not required to submit a detailed business plan, which is also not expected.
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 email@example.com.
Please contact our team at firstname.lastname@example.org (e.g., if you cannot send your application, language challenges, etc.).
The accepted teams will join the first phase of the PowerLab program. During this period, team members will remain in their current position, and there is no need to relocate, as it’s a part-time program. The PowerLab team will agree with the team members’ managers on the exact amount of time the team can dedicate to the PowerLab project starting with a minimum of 20% (1 day per week). The program will support the teams with coaching, expert feedback, a safe learning environment, quick decision-making, executive attention, and access to the decision-makers for seed funding.
Being a part of PowerLab, 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. The PowerLab core team will support you in the decision of which phase is the best one for you to start with.
In the Explore phase, you validate the challenge your project tackles and prove that it is relevant for TenneT. Start the Explore phase by attending the PowerCamp – a workshop week designed to discover all open questions linked to your project and define how to answer them. At the end of this week, you will pitch your project to a management jury to get the resources for the following months of the Explore phase. This pitch is also a decision point: The jury decides about your project going on to the next phase.
In the Develop phase, you develop a prototype of your solution, test it with potential internal or external users, and get feedback.
Both, Explore and Develop phases are closed with the Demo Day, in which you convince the decision makers to give a green light for establishing your project in the long term within TenneT and supporting your project with budget and resources further.
In the Establish phase, you launch and grow your project by using the tools and methodologies introduced in the program.
Your current position will not be affected by participating in the first phase of the PowerLab program. There will be no changes to your salary and other benefits, your contract stays untouched whilst you are participating in PowerLab. In case you (and your team) is selected to the PowerLab program a 20% time commitment is necessary, these arrangements would be aligned with your manager.
Once you have decided to apply to PowerLab you may let your manager know about it and align with them whether you will get to dedicate at least 20% of your working time to your PowerLab project. Suppose your project is selected to the PowerLab. In that case, we can assist you in this conversation and align with you and your manager on your time and resources spent within PowerLab to limit the impact on the ongoing business. Be aware that your application does not mean you can directly start at PowerLab as you still have to go through our selection process.
If your idea is selected to the PowerLab, we can assist you in this conversation and align with you and your manager on your time and resources spent within the PowerLab in order to limit the impact on the ongoing business.
There is no requirement for relocation.
Participation in PowerLab is on a project-like basis and should be done during your regular working hours. We will help you to make an arrangement with your manager to determine the specific working conditions (e.g., full-time or at least 1 day a week, aka 20% of your working time).
Many of the projects submitted would likely be related to an employee’s existing work area. In that situation, the program will help those teams succeed. However, if temporarily covering your position by somebody else in the short term is required, then please indicate this in your application. If your project is selected, we will discuss potential arrangements with your manager.
After the first phase (Explore or Develop phase, depending on the maturity of your project) of the PowerLab program the team’s progress and results will be evaluated and the jury will decide on the following options:
If a project is successful in the long term and creates new revenue, cost reduction, profit, and/or customers for TenneT, it is essential to ensure that the employees that started the project and put their hard work into it benefit from its success. We want you to lead this journey to succeed and grow together with your project.
If the team invalidates their project (through customer interviews, etc.), we encourage the team to share what they have learned. To quickly realize that a project is not feasible in a market is to be seen as a success, not a failure. The start-up environment is a ‘fail smart or scale fast’ environment in which learning from projects that didn’t work out is crucial for the success of the future projects. We want to encourage this mentality not only within our program but for all TenneT employees.
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.
The PowerLab team will notify the lead team member via e-mail or phone.
Every team applying to PowerLab will get a notification whether they are selected to the program. Even if you are not selected, we would love to welcome you to our innovation community! We will keep you updated on the current projects and possibly ask to involve you and your project at a later stage.
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