Solving and dealing with the climate crisis will require the collective work of various sectors of the economy and actors such as state governments, the private sector, entrepreneurs, universities, and research centers, among others. Technological innovation plays a key role in creating disruptive solutions to climate change and accelerating greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction efforts.
This is why HUBIQ —the Querétaro state’s Technological Innovation Hub in Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency—, together with LiCore A.C. and with the support of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH carried out and successfully concluded the activities of the Technological Acceleration Program for MSMEs and start-ups in Querétaro on April 30. HUBIQ is implemented through the GIZ projects Enhancing the Coherence of Climate and Energy Policies in Mexico (CONECC) and Support for the Energy Transition in Mexico (TrEM),
This program aimed to advise innovative ventures with a focus on clean energy and energy efficiency, towards the promotion of a post-COVID-19 green recovery in the state.
Five specialized workshops were held over five months on topics such as agile methodologies, strategic intelligence, fundraising, digitization and blockchain and electronic manufacturing design, among others; these helped 12 enterprises to accelerate their technological processes and thus strengthen their business models. These ventures work in topics such as sensors for the efficient use of energy; monitoring, reporting and verification of decarbonization; an application for energy efficiency in residences and businesses; distributed power generation for SMEs, and computer software to simulate the behavior of renewable energy generators. As a result of the acceleration program, two of the participating ventures are now in the process of formally establishing themselves as MSMEs.
Likewise, the projects had the opportunity to carry out an open innovation exercise, with several actors from the private sector, including Mabe, General Electrics, SIEMENS, the Center for Engineering and Industrial Development (CIDESI) and specialists in capital funds. These provided feedback and training with an emphasis on technical and financial issues to ensure the sustainability of the projects.
Finally, five representatives of the enterprises presented their results at the closing event, including the next steps to follow to give continuity to their projects. The Technological Acceleration Program sought to strengthen alliances within the innovation ecosystem and promote the energy transition and local climate action through technological innovation.
The Acceleration Program was financed by the program “Support for the Implementation of the Energy Transition in Mexico (TrEM)” through a Grant Agreement, commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).