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What is Initiate?

Initiate is a global movement that spotlights talent, empowers the next generation of energy entrepreneurs and creates impactful programmes to move the industry forward.

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



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Stronger Together

Initiate offers an unrivalled platform for cutting-edge start-ups and young bright minds, providing opportunities to collaborate with established industry players and investors in the sector.

By bringing them together at Initiate, Enlit Europe encourages existing industry professionals to be inspired by new ideas and new thinking, while the next generation of energy entrepreneurs benefit from gaining invaluable market knowledge from Enlit Europe’s speakers, partners and exhibitors. See below more information about Initiate at Enlit Europe 2021, and the ways in which you can participate:

Our Programme

Our Programme

The overall 2021 programme will be more exciting than ever before and is being designed to encourage maximum interaction between all stakeholders in the innovation ecosystem.


Start-up Zone


For start-ups, we have a dedicated area where you can have one-to-one meetings, present your ideas, products and service solutions. Do you want to see the future of the industry?


Young Talent Programme

Young Talent Programme

The nurturing of young talent is a central pillar of Initiate, whether an undergraduate or post-graduate student, or a young professional beginning their career.


Digital Content

Digital Content

Bringing you new talk, new tech and new talent – 365 days a year. Our Initiate digital content is available On Demand. Want to share your story with us? You can also make an enquiry.


Current Initiate Exhibitors


Are you a Start-Up?

You can get involved with our Start-Up Programme or Speak.

Are you Initiate Alumni?

Take a look at our Alumni Options including Exhibiting.

Are you a Student?

If you are, then why not take part in our Young Talent Programme?

Looking for New Talent?

Become part of our Accelerate 2 Initiate in Milan.

Interested in nurturing our future energy leaders?

At the Enlit Europe Live event in Milan (30 November – 2 December 2021) we’re delighted to be once again featuring the EIT InnoEnergy Career Impact Challenges (CIC) as part of the Initiate Programme.

This exciting initiative offers EIT InnoEnergy’s Master Students the opportunity to come up with innovative and sustainable solutions to real-life challenges in the energy industry today, and we’re seeking Challenge Sponsors.

Join the 2021 Edition as a Sponsor

Deliver a challenge: Innovate by utilising the next-gen of talent! Your company together with 100 young talents from EIT InnoEnergy Master’s School and Ph.D. School will build and develop innovative and strategic projects and processes that will support further development of your business. After the programme, you will return to your company with lots of new innovative solutions that will bring value to your business. The students can once again prove to be able to be agile and creative problem solvers. 

See below our 2020 Challenge Winners Showcase:

No business or sector can live off their past glories, we need to continue coming up with new ideas and new strategies to give us an edge in our respective fields; this is where the involvement of young, dynamic, and creative people is vital.

Taking part in the EIT InnoEnergy Impact Challenges allows your company to:

  • Identify responses to challenges you have within the industry or sector.
  • Meet creative and dynamic individuals who have game-changing impact potential
  • Build innovative and strategic projects and processes that will support the further development of your business
  • Identify potential candidates that can join your business

As part of the innovation and progress in the energy industry, we need to create game-changing impacts which will disrupt and evoke change for prosperity in the Energy Transition; the EIT InnoEnergy Impact Challenges are specific sector and business challenges that will be provided to EIT Master students and Ph.D. candidates, supported with design thinking and innovation techniques.

So, if you are a Utility or a Corporate and interested in finding out more about this year’s EIT InnoEnergy CIC and how to get involved, contact us on

Join Us

Initiate believes in the ability of humans to deliver clean energy for all through research, invention and innovation, supported by collaboration between all industry stakeholders. Join us and get in touch with the Initiate team!

Fill out the form for a General Enquiry:

The Latest Initiate News

Initiate around the Globe

You can find Initiate around the globe, attending and hosting events.

Each meet-up is designed to target the challenges relevant to a specific region or continent with the common goal of moving towards a decarbonised future through next-gen tech, next-gen talent and a next-gen mindset.

Have a Look

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Snapshot of Initiate Supporters

Your Inclusive Guide to the Energy Transition







Diamond Partner

  • Siemens


Sustainable Power Partner

  • Enel


Platinum Partner

  • Amazon Web Services


Gold Partner

  • Italgas
  • Microsoft
  • SAP

Silver Partners

  • Atos
  • Baker Hughes
  • Capgemini
  • LoRa Alliance
  • Meters & More
  • Nodes
  • Prime Alliance
  • Schneider Electric
  • Solar Turbines


Global Knowledge Partner

  • Enel Foundation


Utility Partners

  • Dtek
  • Enedis
  • GRDF
  • RTE
  • Sorgenia



  • AC Boilers
  • Analog Devices
  • Ansaldo
  • Babcock & Wilcox
  • BASF New Business
  • Bureau Veritas
  • Critical Software
  • EDP Labelec
  • GIFT
  • Haldor Topsoe
  • Kaluza
  • Kongsberg Digital
  • KX
  • Landis + Gyr
  • Minsait, an Indra Company
  • N-Side
  • Netbeheer Nederland
  • Pietro Fiorentini
  • Powercloud
  • NXP
  • Rolls-Royce
  • Sféra
  • Siemens Energy
  • tiko
  • Uniper
  • Valmet Technologies


Initiate Sponsors

  • EIT InnoEnergy
  • Enel Innovation Hubs
  • McKinsey Energy Insights
  • Iberdrola Perseo
  • Smart Innovation Norway
  • Sylfen
  • The GC Index
  • TU Berlin
  • Volytica Diagnostics
  • Woon Duurzaam