When Seppe de Sever saw a call for creative entrepreneurial people within EDF Luminus, he never imagined he would be one of the two employees that kickstarted the company's first corporate venturing project. Completely detached from EDF Luminus’s environment, resources and data, Seppe set out to solve their clients' biggest needs, while making sure that the solution would be limited to those only.
At Start it @KBC, Seppe and his colleagues developed bCheck, a device that monitors the activity of your gas boiler by linking IOT technology with artificial intelligence. It predicts and prevents problems before they occur, automatically contacting relevant parties if any troubles arise.
This was not only Seppe's first project but also the first corporate venture within EDF Luminus. Seppe told us all about this process, from his role as a regular employee, applying to a vague call for creative minds, the interview process, being selected and how he was placed in an external location, with no access to Luminus data or resources besides a laptop and a credit card.
Setting up such an ambitious project is still an ongoing process, but the learning curve is steep and even though the path might be uncertain, it is highly rewarding.
“They gave us a laptop, they gave us a credit card with a few thousand euros on it, and they just said: okay, test it, validate the idea, and go for it! (...)
We see everybody is learning: we are learning, EDF Luminus is learning, on how to do it quicker and better.”
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