The first innovation hub
for the energy transition
EnovArk is a collaboration between the energy company OIKEN and Fondation The Ark. Its mission is to serve as a laboratory and respond to the challenges of the energy transition by providing infrastructure, data and a network of specialist expertise.
EnovArk helps public authorities and economic stakeholders adapt to the challenges of the energy transition and take advantage of the opportunities it offers. It does this by helping them identify their needs and establish links with those who are developing and supplying innovative solutions.
This innovation hub promotes the development of new innovation projects and accelerates their implementation and deployment.
It is open to the entire Valais region and is supported by the OIKEN seed fund, in order to support the creation of start-ups and thus accelerate the development of solutions and models that will enable us to take the turn of the energy transition.
I have an innovative project
I have an energy transition-related need
I need financing to launch my start-up
Services we provide to stakeholder and consumers with regard to the energy transition :
Support in identifying and defining the challenges and problems encountered
Introduction to a catalogue of concrete solutions that meet specific needs
Development of a tailored solution with the support of our academic and/or industrial partners
Full-scale testing of the solution, in cooperation with our various partners
Our services for developers of energy-related solutions and projects :
Provision of energy infrastructure and data to enable testing of the technical and economic viability of innovative products and solutions
Personalised support in developing your project and marketing your solution
Live testing of your solution, with privileged access to an initial client and pilot clients
Integration into a unique environment and our network of specialists, research institutions, start-ups and SMEs
Support with the search for financing and the possibility of financing my project or start-up through the OIKEN Seed Fund
Premises adapted to and integrated into the Energypolis ecosystem s
The OIKEN Seed Fund
The aim of the OIKEN Seed Fund is to promote the development of new start-up or companies for the energy sector, in particular solutions aimed at decarbonisation. The fund will operate alongside other instruments of the Valais innovation promotion ecosystem in a synergistic manner.
A high level of risk often weighs on the creation phase of a company. It is precisely during this phase, when investors tend to be cautious, that the OIKEN Seed Fund comes into its own. The fund aims to support innovative companies taking their very first steps. It can even provide support during the emergence or incubation phase, or when ideas are forming, or when a project is in the initial R&D stages. Following support from the seed fund, start-ups will then have access to EnovArk’s range of services.
EnovArk was launched by OIKEN (the largest energy network operator in Valais) together with The Ark (the foundation for innovation in Valais). EnovArk is therefore one of the innovation hubs of The Ark Foundation. For the time being, it is located directly on the premises of The Ark Foundation in Sion.
EnovArk is a perfect addition to the initiatives already in place on the Energypolis Campus in Sion. It provides infrastructure and data to promote the emergence and development of new solutions and models for the energy transition.