In the complex environment in which the smart energy industry finds itself, the need for innovation and change is apparent and happening. Adopting new technologies, acquiring new talents or forming new partnerships can empower the industry to create positive change. The Initiate! community, by including all players in the eco-system - startups, students, young professionals and established professionals - intends to support and stimulate this change and drive the industry forward!

The Initiate! Programme connects all levels of the smart energy community and encourages discussion, challenges ideas and helps the industry visualise what the future could look like!

Initiate! is where you need to be if you want to be among the bright minds of the future gathering to discuss, share and pilot their ideas and innovations with the more established professionals from the industry.

Check out all the highlights attendees were able to see during Initiate! 2017

From the 50 startups confirmed to take part in this year’s Initiate! Startup programme, the top 5 startups selected to participate in the Initiate! startup awards pitched to the jury and 1 of them was selected as winner!

Congratulations, Electron!

These were the 5 finalists:




See how they are contributing now! 



Plugsurfing - Adam Woolway, Initiate! Startup winner in 2016, was a panellist in the 2017 Summit Session: Sustainable and Smart City


Open Utility - James Johnston, Initiate! Startup winner in 2015, spoke during the EMART Energy 2017 session: P2P energy trading communities; What is their impact on wholesale trading?

Elias de Keyser - Initiate! Young Talent winner in 2016, was a panellist in Energy Revolution Europe session: To Centralize Or Decentralize, That Is The Question


Carol L. Stimmel, author and moderator for the Initiate! Panel Discussion: A New Energy Economy – The Impact of Disruptive Technologies on the Energy Trilemma

offered attendees the opportunity to meet with her and win a signed copy of her latest book:

Evolving Innovation Ecosystems: A Guide to Open Idea Transformation in the Age of Future Tech

During EUW17, 100 graduates looking to launch their careers within the smart energy industry were at the Initiate! Pit on the 4th of October, 2017.

As part of the Initiate! 2017 programme, we sought out industry professionals such as yourselves to participate in the Startup Roast Session.

The concept for the Roast was to help 5 startups questioning their current business model and offer them advice on developing their business offering.

Click here to see the 2017 schedule and who got the oppotunity to challenge the startups.

Interested? Mail us!

Nurturing our community of startups, this package offers past startups the opportunity to exhibit again at European Utility Week, as Initiate! startup alumnus on the EUW exhibition!

In 2017, we were proud to host these past Initiate! startups who have transitioned!