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Initiate spotlights next-gen talent, empowers start-ups, scale-ups and other entrepreneurs, and brings them together with established industry practitioners to help take the industry forward.

Launched in 2014, Initiate brings together innovators and disruptors, students, young professionals, corporate executives, public sector innovators and investors from around the world, with the aim of supporting the all-important innovation ecosystem and celebrating champions of entrepreneurship. 

This year, Initiate is delighted to bring two new elements to the live programme:

The Innovators & Disruptors

The Innovators & Disruptors

Dedicated to the energy innovation ecosystem, the programme includes groundbreaking presentations, panel discussions, pitching sessions and success stories covering the latest innovations and exploring the existing opportunities in this space for all stakeholders.

Key sessions include:

- Investigating the growing influence of ESG
- The essential role of deeptech, as well as early-stage start-ups in the energy transition
- The dos and don’ts of upscaling and internationalising your business
- Exciting Pitching Sessions under the auspices of the 4 Ds (decarbonisation, digitalisation, decentralisation and democratisation)

Join the Innovators Zone as an exhibitor

Future Energy Leaders

Future Energy Leaders

What does the future of the energy workforce look like?

This programme recognises the enormous importance of students, postgraduates and young people to the energy transition and the future success of the industry. Young talents often bring new and exciting perspectives, as well as the fresh blood that is badly needed.

Through a series of educational workshops, challenges, presentations and panel discussions, the Future Energy Leaders programme offers the opportunity to the next-gen talent to learn from and connect with industry practitioners, and the industry to engage directly with its all-important future workforce, including the industry leaders of the future.

Apply for the Future Energy Leaders Programme

Join the Innovators Zone

For start-ups, scale-ups and other small ventures, there will be a dedicated area, known as the Innovators Zone, where you will have your own space, where you can hold one-to-one meetings with prospective partners and investors and present your company and its innovative energy transition-related solution.


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Endorsed by our Alumni

It was great to hear from many different experts from industry. As a young talent, it was a very much eye-opening experience and also validation of some of my thoughts.

Agata Hlebowicz, TU Delft, The Netherlands

In this event, I have earned a lot of information about European companies in the renewable energy field that I didn’t know. And because of the student project competition, I have also made many new friends in this area. 

Ji Song, Aalto University, Finland

As a student, it was highly educative. As an engineer, it was a good chance to become familiar with state of the art technology.

Amin Shariatkhah, Politecnico Milano, Italia

It was really mind-blowing. A huge gathering of a variety of companies and professionals with solutions that can change the world. It sure sparked a fire of inspiration in me.

Samuel Sulemanu, Uppsala Universiteit,  Sweden

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Platinum Partner

  • Siemens AG


Gold Partners

  • Baker Hughes
  • Energynest
  • Gridspertise

Silver Partners

  • Babcock & Wilcox
  • Capgemini
  • Italgas
  • Landis+Gyr
  • Meters and More
  • PRIME Alliance


Legal & Regulatory Partner

  • Pinsent Masons


Utility Partner

  • RTE



  • ABS Group
  • AC Boilers
  • Bergen Engines
  • Driivz
  • Efacec
  • Itron
  • Kaluza
  • Netbeheer Nederland - Nextgen
  • Oracle Energy and Water
  • Pietro Fiorentini
  • ProEnergy Services
  • Sentient Energy
  • SLM Solutions
  • Uniper
  • Waterfall Security Solutions


Initiate Partner

  • EIT InnoEnergy