ENGIE Factory

Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) spotlights ENGIE Factory

EDB highlights ENGIE Factory‘s strategy on paving the way to a zero-carbon future through corporate venturing. 


Since 2019, ENGIE Factory has incubated 7 new ventures and tested 10 low-carbon energy solutions from its regional headquarters in Singapore, with many more underway. 


With a shared goal of helping businesses in Southeast Asia decarbonise more quickly and profitably, ENGIE Factory has chosen to partner with EDB’s corporate venture building arm, EDB New Ventures, to launch a portfolio of zero-carbon ventures over the next three years. 


 The two organisations are partnering to jointly incubate and co-invest in new ventures, leveraging expertise and networks from both sides. This article by EDB spotlights the value of corporate venturing, and ENGIE Factory explains how does one find the right collaborators. 


TIP 1 

New ventures work best when aligned with corporates’ core strengths and growth priorities


TIP 2  

Recruit relentlessly for talent with entrepreneurial chops 



TIP 3  

New frontiers require new friends 


You need a champion, someone who can not only understand the region’s diverse cultures but also command a high level of trust and ownership among stakeholders. 


For ENGIE Factory, that champion has been EDB New Ventures. ENGIE Factory has not only benefited from the agency’s industry networks, but also from its venture builders’ close involvement in its incubation sprints. 


TIP 4 

Examine market gaps that others have missed 


At the outset of every new venture, the ENGIE Factory team poses itself two question: 

  1. Can this company generate US$100 million in revenue within seven years?
  2. Can it achieve a 100-megatonne to 0.1-gigatonne carbon reduction at maturity?


Meeting such demanding criteria is no mean feat. To do so, ENGIE Factory’s ventures use technology to spot untapped opportunities which, on the surface, may not be financially viable for large corporations to pursue. 



Case study: SolarAI 

For example, while Singapore is assumed to have two gigawatts of solar capacity, ENGIE Factory estimates that there are six instead. However, the four remaining gigawatts are decentralised, and not cost-effective for large players to capture. 

With ENGIE Factory funding, startup Solar AI used artificial intelligence and satellite imagery to identify overlooked solar sites.  


It then used a reverse-auction platform to bulk buy equipment and provide installation and financing, all while achieving the same economies of scale as larger projects.  


Launched in 2020 by Bolong Chew, formerly ENGIE Factory’s full-time Entrepreneur-in-residence, Solar AI is already on track to scale across the region.  


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EnShare works with REITs and multiple building owners in Australia to optimize rooftop solar and storage installation, as well as aggregate capacity for participation in Australian energy market. Building owners are able to meet ESG targets and receive revenue share

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ORkA is an advanced digital system that easily allows customers to input their energy information – about their buildings, factories, and businesses – and get a clear and professional improvements report instantly. Then, depending on the ROI of each action plan the customer makes an informed decision to choose the best for them, ORkA also offers financing and deployment of the solution.


PHNXX is a modular microgrid solution that provides customers with reliable, sustainable and cost-effective power on demand to suit their unique energy consumption profiles. PHNXX solution offers multiple sources of renewable energy generation coupled with battery storage and managed by an integrated Smart Energy Management System to meet customer energy demands without relying on the grid. 


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Solar AI Technologies

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Carbon Compass

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TablePointer is an energy management-as-a-service for food and beverage outlets. Decentralized facilities like food and beverage outlets in Asia use 4X more energy per sqm versus office buildings and profit margins are hit by over 15% from energy wastages. TablePointer’s intelligent energy and asset manager helps decentralized facilities optimize energy efficiency, monitor assets and upgrade profitability.


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