EDF Energy has launched a new competition to encourage start-ups with innovative ideas to enter the energy sector. The competition opened on 7 May, with EDF Energy’s innovation accelerator Blue Lab looking for entries which cover any of the following four areas: electric vehicles; improving customers’ lives; artificial intelligence; and ‘wildcard’ ideas outside the scope of the other three categories. Start-ups with the best ideas will gain access to EDF Energy’s scale and network to help develop business opportunities. Short-listed organisations will work closely with the company over a 12-week period, with mentoring from senior leaders within EDF Energy and access to experts. They will be given an opportunity to validate their products, and trial and test them in live environments to gain valuable customer feedback and consumer insights.