LG Energy Solution to host ‘Battery Challenge 2024’ to foster startups with promising next-generation technologies

LG Energy Solution announced that applications for Battery Challenge 2024, its biennial international startup competition, is now open.

Now in its fourth year, the Battery Challenge is LG Energy Solution’s mainstay open innovation initiative, designed to discover and collaborate with battery startups with innovative technologies and business models. While helping the growth of the distinguished companies, LG Energy Solution also aims to pioneer next-generation technologies through partnerships and cement its leader position in the battery sector.

Applications for this year’s program will be accepted on the official website (https://lgesbatterychallenge2024.com) from June 4 to June 30.

Participants can submit their proposals across eight categories: Battery Management System; Battery Maintenance; Battery Recycling and Reuse Technology; Battery Manufacturing and Quality Control; Battery Materials; Smart Factory Solutions; Metal Sourcing; and New to LG.

Two new categories, Metal Sourcing and New to LG, have been established in this year’s competition. In particular, New to LG is a sector to encourage participants to explore various novel energy related ideas, not necessarily linked to LG Energy Solution’s existing business areas, as the company accelerates its search for future business opportunities and growth engines in the clean energy sector.

The winners, which will be selected through comprehensive business plan evaluations, in-depth interviews, and technology verification, will receive up to $30,000, up $10,000 from the previous program. Awardees will also be reviewed by LG Energy Solution for potential investment and technological collaboration.

“As part of our open innovation efforts, the Battery Challenge aims to proactively discover promising startups and seek future growth opportunities.” said Jay Kim, CTO of LG Energy Solution. “LG Energy Solution will continue to expand our collaboration with various partners to establish a global innovation ecosystem and contribute to the persistent growth of the industry.”