Participation rules

1. ORGANIZATION OF THE ‘INGENIA ENERGY CHALLENGE’ PROGRAM

ENAGAS, S.A. (hereinafter “Enagás”) with headquarters at Paseo de los Olmos 19, 28005, Madrid, is the entity organizing the Ingenia Energy Challenge program (also called the “Program”) which description is contained in these terms and conditions.

Enagás may rely on external support and/or one or more of its subsidiaries for the correct operation of the Program in any of its phases.

Participation in the Program will imply full acceptance and compliance with these rules.

Specific questions that participants may have regarding the Program may be sent at any time to the following e-mail address: ingenia@enagas.com

2. PURPOSE OF THE PROGRAM.

Ingenia Energy Challenge is an open call in which employees of the Enagás Group, as well as any natural or legal persons outside the Group, may participate subject to the provisions of rule 3 below.

The purpose of the Program is to select the best business proposals and innovative technical solutions that provide viable solutions to the challenges set out by Enagás aligned to the company’s strategy. 

In order to be considered, any submitted proposal must involve a disruptive innovation or a specific technological improvement and be, at least potentially, viable from a technical and economic point of view.

Likewise, proposals must be related to one of the following areas or challenges established by Enagás: 

  • Sustainable mobility with NGV.
  • Renewable gas (biogas-biomethane)
  • Power2Gas and renewable hydrogen generation.
  • Improvement solutions that can be applied to storage, regasification and transport assets for natural gas and other renewable gases.

As a way of example, any of the following may be included when submitting the proposals: viability plans, incubation plans for new business models, proposals for joint ventures with Enagás or any of its subsidiaries or investees to achieve a certain project, investment proposals, pilot test at Enagás and/or at any of its facilities, among others.

3. REQUIREMENTS FOR PARTICIPATION AND SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS

PARTICIPATION REQUIREMENTS

Participation in the Program will be open to:

  • any employee of the Enagás Group;
  • any individual of legal age who is not a member of the Enagás Group;
  • any legal entity, regardless of its size or legal nature;
  • institutions, whether public or private, such as universities, science parks, research centers and similar;

who have developed an innovative proposal that provides a solution to the challenges established by Enagás in these rules and who are interested in executing the project with the support of Enagás.

One single participant, whether a natural or legal person as described above, may only submit one proposal on its own behalf, although the representative of one proposal may at the same take part of another proposal submitted by a different person.  

Consequently, participation in Ingenia Energy Challenge may be individual and/or by teams, as expressed in the proposal itself, in any case indicating a team representative before Enagás, who shall be the contact person before the company. 

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE PRESENTATION OF PROPOSALS

Proposals must include at least the references requested on the form accessible from the Program website: https://ingeniaenergychallenge.com/  

Participants may also provide any additional information they consider relevant for the complete evaluation of the proposals in the eligible formats and file types according to the instructions contained in the form.

Only proposals and information received through the Program website will be accepted, and only for the period specified in rule 4 below.

Participants must provide detailed information about the submitted proposals. A document of maximum five (5) pages in length may be attached for this purpose. 

Applications may be submitted in English or Spanish. 

Participants may modify the content of any submitted proposals previously to the final deadline for submissions, whether the modification affects the members of the team, if applicable, or any content of the proposals. No further changes will be accepted after the registration period concludes.

Any registration form that is incomplete or contains inaccuracies will not be taken into account and will result in the disqualification of the participant or team of participants automatically.

Participants will be obliged to compete using their personal data, without allowing the use of pseudonyms or false identities. Enagás reserves the right to carry out any checks necessary to verify the above.

Enagás will not be obliged to return the information provided by participants when submitting their proposals.

STATEMENTS BY PARTICIPANTS

By submitting their proposals, participants guarantee Enagás:

  • That the proposals submitted are original and/or that the participants have full ownership or free disposal of any elements incorporated in the proposal. Applicants will be solely responsible for any possible infringement of any third party rights, and Enagás will not be held liable in this regard.
  • That they have the consent of those third parties whose personal data are included in the proposals.
  • That the information provided in the proposals does not contain confidential information or industrial or commercial secrets of the applicants and/or third parties.
  •  That they have full legal capacity to take part in the Programme and that their participation does not infringe any rule of any kind.
  • That they will assume any taxes that may arise from their mere participation, as well as from the eventual obtaining of any of the economic contributions provided for in these bases or that they may receive from the Enagás Group in relation to their participation in the Program.
  • That they accept that Enagás Group will not be liable for any damage, loss, cost, harm and/or claims that participants may incur or suffer as a result of submitting their proposals to the Programme.

4. DEADLINES FOR REGISTRATION AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE PROGRAM.

Registration and submission of proposals period will start on January, 22nd 2020 and end on March, 22nd 2020 at midnight, Central European Time (CET). 

Period for the analysis and pre-selection of business proposals and innovative technical solutions (Phase 1) will extend between March 23rd 2020 and April, 1st 2020. The pre-selected proposals will be announced on the website http://www.ingeniaenergychallenge.com between April, 1st and 5th 2020.

Pre-selected proposals will be defended between April, 14th and 24th, before a committee of Enagás executive staff and independent external experts.

Proposals herein selected will be announced on the Program website between April, 27th and 30th, when a period will be opened between May, 1st and July, 25th, 2020 for the development of business projects and innovative technical solutions corresponding to the selected proposals (Phase 2), as regulated in rule 6 below.

In September, 2020, Enagás will hold a final event for the public communication of the winning proposals at a site chosen by Enagás. The specific date and place will be communicated by Enagás in good time to the selected participants.

Enagás reserves the right to shorten, extend or in any way modify the above deadlines in accordance with the quantity and quality of the proposals received, in cases of force majeure or for any other reason, circumstances which, where appropriate, will be duly communicated through the website https://ingeniaenergychallenge.com/

5. PROCEDURE FOR THE SELECTION OF BUSINESS PROPOSALS AND INNOVATIVE TECHNICAL SOLUTIONS

The business proposals and innovative technical solutions selection process will be carried out according to the two phases described below.

Enagás’ decisions will be final and no claims will be accepted at any stage regarding the selection of proposals made by Enagás.

Enagás may decide to leave the call open at any stage if it considers that the level of the submitted proposals do not meet the expectations and/or objectives of the Program.

PHASE 1: ANALYSIS AND PRE-SELECTION OF BUSINESS PROPOSALS AND INNOVATIVE TECHNICAL SOLUTIONS 

Whenever Enagás considers necessary to have a greater degree of detail for the evaluation of any of the proposals received, Enagás may request telematic and/or face-to-face meetings with the participants or with the teams of participants, as appropriate, in any case subject to the deadlines indicated in rule 4 above.

Enagás and a team of independent external experts identified by the company will evaluate and pre-select the best proposals received, in accordance with the following dimensions:

  • Technical development of the proposal.
  • Analysis of the market and the business opportunity at the present time.
  • Feasibility of the proposal.
  • Experience and potential performance of the entrepreneurial team associated to the proposal.
  • Analysis of risks and economic-regulatory impacts.
  • Fit with ENAGÁS’ strategic interest areas.

PHASE 2: SELECTION OF BUSINESS PROPOSALS OR INNOVATIVE TECHNICAL SOLUTIONS FOR THEIR DEVELOPMENT.

The proposals pre-selected in phase 1 will be defended by at least one representative of the team, preferably the designated contact person, before a committee composed of Enagás’ executive staff and a group of external independent experts appointed by the company. 

The presentation of the pre-selected proposals will be carried out in person at Enagás’ offices in elevator pitch format which, unless other indications are given at the time, will not exceed 10 minutes, including a round of questions and answers.

The presented proposals will be evaluated according to the quality of the face-to-face presentation made and the criteria detailed in phase 1, and the aforementioned committee will select from among these proposals those that will be developed as a project in a later phase, in accordance with the provisions set forth in these rules.

6. DEVELOPMENT OF THE PROJECTS RELATING TO THE SELECTED PROPOSALS

During the development phase of the projects previously selected in accordance with rule 5, Enagás will enable the evolution of the proposals on a case-b- case basis according to the nature of each one of them, the specific challenge or challenges to which they are linked, their state of maturity, the experience and profiles of the team, if applicable, and the strategic fit with the objectives of the Enagás Group, among other factors to be considered.

Enagás and a team made up of independent external experts will carry out a ‘match-making’ process between the selected proposals and all the participants registered in Ingenia Energy Challenge for the purpose of forming mixed working groups, if considered appropriate, consisting of external participants and internal Enagás Group personnel, without the latter necessarily having participated in the call for proposals. This ‘match-making’ will not have to be carried out with each proposal, and would only take place with the aim of maximizing for the fit of proposals that have been selected to move on to this development phase.

During this phase, sessions to conduct the development of the projects will be held at Enagás’ facilities or at the place that Enagás considers most appropriate. 

The main objective of this phase will be for the working groups created to develop the corresponding proposals in order to produce a business project or an innovative technical solution that is technically and economically viable.

Any expenses arising from the travel of the members of the different teams formed during this phase will be borne by Enagás with a maximum per project and according to distance covered, as set out in rule 11.

The best development formula for the project linked to each proposal selected to move to this phase will be presented at the final event of Ingenia Energy Challenge as described in rule 7 below.

7. SELECTION OF WINNING PROJECTS AND AWARDING OF PRIZES.

Enagás will hold, on a date to be determined during September 2020, a final event in which the teams will present and defend in elevator pitch format all the projects resulting from the previous development phase.

The jury for this final phase formed of Enagás’ executive staff and external collaborators with extensive experience in entrepreneurship, will evaluate the projects presented at the aforementioned event and select the Program winners on site, with the decision being communicated at the same event.

Depending on the number and quality of the projects presented, Enagás may freely decide to award special prizes (runner-ups) in addition to the prizes indicated in rule 8.

8. PRIZES.

The economic amount of the prizes that will be awarded to the winning projects selected in the final act will be the following

  • Prize category for internal proposal endowed with FIVE THOUSAND EUROS (5,000 euros).
  • Prize category for external proposal endowed with FIVE THOUSAND EUROS (5,000 euros).

Enagás will order a bank transfer for the aforementioned amounts to the account of the winning legal entity or, in the case of individuals, to the account of the representative of the proposal.

Once the final award ceremony has passed, Enagás will offer the winning teams, within the period of time it considers appropriate, the specific chosen support through its subsidiary Enagás Emprende, S.L.

Enagás also reserves the right to offer certain support, at its discretion, to the other finalist projects. 

The winning teams and, where appropriate, one or more of the finalists, may receive personalised support for further develop their projects in a dedicated work environment and in contact with other innovative initiatives within the framework of the Enagás Emprende, S.L.U. entrepreneurship programme. This support may take the form of one or more of the following actions, which are also set out in these terms and conditions for illustrative purposes:

  • Tools to build a business proposal for Enagás Group with the help of a network of mentors and support advisors.
  • Training to carry out a correct evaluation of the projects and potential businesses.
  • Commercial support to facilitate access to market. 
  • Validation or development of technical solutions in a real environment.
  • Potential investment in the resulting company. 

9. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS.

Each participant guarantees Enagás to be the author and holder of all rights, both intellectual and industrial property rights, as well as know-how and industrial or commercial secrets that are derived from, included in or used in the submitted proposals. 

The participants guarantee that their participation does not involve any infringement of any intellectual or industrial property rights, or any other rights of third parties, in Spain or abroad, over the contents and elements included in the proposals, and that Enagás Group and the collaborators taking part in any phase of the Program are exempt from any liability relating to a potential infringement in the above sense, and the participants must ensure the corresponding indemnity of Enagás and its collaborators.

Participation in the Program implies that the participants are fully entitled to authorize Enagás to review and conduct the due analysis of the proposals by the company itself or by the evaluators and judges appointed by Enagás, although Enagás does not claim any ownership whatsoever over the information provided by the participants, over the intellectual or industrial property that each proposal may contain or over any other element included in the proposals. 

With regard to the winning projects, or any other project of interest to Enagás, this company reserves for itself and for its subsidiaries and investees the right to offer a proposal for collaboration, which could even consist of taking a stake in the share capital of the company developing the project, in which case Enagás may request from the lawful holders of the corresponding rights related to the projects in question that full ownership, as well as the rights of use and exploitation, of any elements and rights included in the original proposal be transferred to the legal entity which, according to what is agreed in each case, is to develop and/or market the project in question. 

The participants accept that Enagás will be co-owner, in the proportion and to the extent agreed in each case, of the results or improvements of any kind, protectable under current law, relating to projects that have been selected to be developed in accordance with the provisions of this same basis and as agreed in each case between Enagás, any of its subsidiaries or investees and the owners of the respective projects.

10. DATA PROTECTION, PUBLICITY AND IMAGE RIGHTS

Participation in the Program is voluntary and it will necessarily require the processing of personal data provided by participants. 

Participants must express their acceptance of the data processing by Enagás before submitting the participation form. Participants must inform those whose personal data is provided in the participation form of the content of these databases and of the processing of their data.

Consequently, participants must have the express consent of these third parties before providing any of their data to Enagás. Enagás is exempt from any liability for lack of information or consent from such third parties for the processing of their data by Enagás.    

Participation in the Program also implies that participants give their express authorisation, without any consideration, for Enagás to disseminate the progress of the proposals submitted, including the title attributed to them, as well as the name and/or denomination of the natural and legal persons participating in the Program and the personal data of the participants consisting of their name and surname, both for archive and historical purposes and in any internal and/or external media, whether or not in the context of any advertising or promotional campaign related to the Ingenia Energy Challenge.

Consequently, participants must provide the specific biographical data and photographic content requested by Enagás for said communication, according to the previous paragraph.

The mere publication of the name of a participant, natural or legal person, and/or the existence of a specific proposal will not generate any economic right in favour of the corresponding participants.

For their part, the finalists may include their participation in the Program in the media they consider appropriate, but in any case with the prior written approval of Enagás.

11. COVERAGE OF PARTICIPANTS’ EXPENSES.

Enagás will assume the reimbursement of travel expenses of participants involved in pre-selected proposals to move to Phase 2 when traveling to Madrid and, once in Madrid, to Enagás’ facilities or to the specific place where, at Enagás’ discretionary decision, the presence of such participants is required. 

The expenses covered will be return tickets for the transport agreed with Enagás and accommodation in Madrid when necessary.

In any case, expenses for food, drinks, personal expenses, excursions and/or visits other than those planned by Enagás are excluded, and these expenses must always be paid by the participants themselves.

Travel and accommodation expenses eligible for reimbursement must be justified by sending the corresponding invoices or tickets to Enagás by the procedure expressly indicated to the participants at the time.

Travel expenses will be reimbursed by Enagás according to the distance of the trips made, as shown in the table below:

Distance travelled Maximum amount covered

Less than 100 km Up to 1,000

Between 100-250 km Up to 1,500

More than 250km Up to 2,000

12. CANCELLATION AND/OR MODIFICATION OF THE PROGRAM.

Enagás reserves the right, when justified, to cancel or postpone the Ingenia Energy Challenge program.

These rules may be modified without prior notice during the course of the Program, in which case participants will be duly informed through the website https://ingeniaenergychallenge.com/.

Enagás will not accept any claims related to the occurrence of the circumstances described in this section.

13. LIMITATION OF ENAGÁS’ LIABILITY.

Enagás is under no obligation to take any action in relation to the proposals beyond what is set out in these rules and, in any event, subject to its discretion as set out herein and without prejudice to any future formal agreement in relation to any particular proposal.

Enagás reserves the right to take legal action in the event of deception, infringement of any kind, fraud, wilful misconduct, gross negligence and/or bad faith, or attempt at any of these actions, by any of the participants, and Enagás shall have no liability of any kind with respect to other participants or with respect to any third party in any such event.

Enagás will not mediate or be responsible for any disagreements that may arise between participants, nor will it be responsible for any physical damage that participants may suffer outside of the establishments in which Enagás organises events to which any participant may attend.

14. CONFIDENTIALITY.

Enagás is not obliged to keep any information provided by participants during the registration process or at any subsequent stage thereof as confidential, without prejudice to the provisions of current Spanish legislation on the protection of personal data. 

From time to time, Enagás may consider offering participants, at any stage of the Program, the possibility of entering into a confidentiality agreement in order to share and obtain, as wellas protect, further information and details about the content of some of the proposals. 

15. LEGISLATION AND DISPUTE RESOLUTION. 

The development of the Ingenia Energy Challenge program, as well as any relationship between participants and Enagás arising from the Program, will be subject to the applicable Spanish legislation in force.     

Any dispute that may arise between the participants and Enagás that cannot be resolved amicably will be submitted to the competent courts of the city of Madrid.