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The Distribution Solutions Challenge 2022

Alessandro Palin 
Distribution Solutions
ABB Electrification


Winner award: Collaboration project worth $30,000 


Jury Motivation

The chosen winner of the Distribution Solutions Challenge of the ABB Electrification Startup Challenge has provided a solid proposal addressing all aspects of the problem statement.


The company went above and beyond to build an actual demo to verify their simulations and crunch the actual data files we provided. For being just great to work with, showing eagerness and getting the highest engagement score.  


Congratulations Pratexo!


The Distribution Solutions Challenge

Make electricity reliable and resilient for people around the world

Causal analysis system to facilitate operational management and decisions to keep critical power distribution systems at our customers’ premises up and running.

Apply now, if you want to work with us on:

  • Simplifying and accelerating the behavioral analysis of power distribution systems such as substations or switchgear 

  • Creating a digital tool that can ingest diverse OT & IT system/device data on these systems

  • Identifying behavioral patterns of power distribution systems based on the mined data by leveraging pre-defined rules and AI capabilities

  • Automatically guiding customers to the root cause of abnormal behavior of their power distribution system (e.g., fault analysis)

  • Providing clear mitigations how to fix the root cause to ensure the future readiness of power distribution systems (based on pre-defined rules)


Focus segments

  • Hospitals

  • Data Centers 

  • Utilities

The open innovation X factor:

  • You are welcome to apply even if your solution is not completely within the scope. We are always open for out of the box solutions

Awards for the winner: 

  • $30,000 for a collaboration with ABB Electrification to develop an MVP that can be productized and offered to ABB customers

  • 6 month free SynerLeap membership, ABB's startup accelerator, which will boost your growth and visibility across ABB, our partners and customers (Value $8'000)

  • Exclusive mentoring sessions with Microsoft startup advisors

Collaborate with ABB experts

  • You will receive expert support from ABB during the 10 days of competition


Distribution Solutions 

Sherif El-Meshad, Digital Lead 

Ganesh Kulathu, Digital Systems Global Product Management

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About Distribution Solutions

ABB’s Distribution Solutions Division is a technology leader in electric power distribution. Our 17,000 employees are dedicated to delivering safe, smart and sustainable electrification solutions to customers in more than 100 countries. We enable our customers in utilities, industries, infrastructure and transportation segments to help improve electric power quality, situational awareness, reduce outage time, and enhance operational reliability and efficiency. With ABB Ability™ enabled digital products and solutions, our switching, limiting, measuring and sensing devices, switchgear, modular substation packages and related services, are reinforced with value-added digitalization layers to allow customers to unlock the full potential of their electrical systems.

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