Future Energy Leaders Programme

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Initiate is bringing Future Energy Leaders together to capture trends, discover future opportunities and start the journey of becoming a leader in the energy sector at this year’s Enlit Europe in Frankfurt.

Join a challenging educational programme created for final-year and postgraduate students, as well as young professionals at the start of their careers.

Get full access to the event and learn more about topics such as energy storage, see new technologies on the exhibition floor, discover innovative projects at the EU Project Zone and get inspired by speakers, energy companies and key industry players.

Applications for the Future Energy Leaders Programme are closed

Follow a Workshop

The Investment in a Sustainable Transition workshop, co-produced with Energy Investment Management, seeks to stimulate new ideas for the European energy transition. Participants will work together to develop and present a created business idea focused on sustainability topics in the energy transition (e.g. renewable energy, circular economy, bio-based economy, etc.).

There is a maximum capacity of 30 participants for this workshop, so make sure you register as soon as possible for the Future Energy Leaders programme to attend the workshop.


Applications for the Future Energy Leaders Programme are closed


Who will you meet at Enlit Europe 2022?

We will bring together a total of 300 speakers from all over the world to speak about topics such as grid optimisation, renewables, digital solutions and many other subjects. Get the chance to make valuable connections with interesting people and enjoy seeing professionals in their element.

Here are some of the speakers you will be able to meet in Frankfurt:

Check out the full Speaker list and find out when and where your favourite speakers will be speaking.

Speaker list



To attend the Future Energy Leaders 2022 programme, which is free of charge, you must qualify as one of the following:

  • Students with a valid student ID
  • Recent Graduate Students (from 2019 onwards)
  • Young Professionals at the start of their careers (under 30)

- 400 spots available -

Applications for the Future Energy Leaders Programme are closed

Become a Workshop Partner

Are you a university (or another educational establishment) or a company interested in co-developing a workshop? 

Contact Dr Heather Johnstone, Director of Initiate @ Enlit Europe.


Let's co-develop a workshop 

EIT InnoEnergy Partnership

As a part of the programme, Initiate is once again excited to be partnering with EIT InnoEnergy Career Centre on its Career Impact Challenges, where around 100 of its Master's students take on real-life challenges presented by leading organisations in the industry.

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Why are we launching the Future Energy Leaders Programme?

The clean and green economic transition that is underway in the EU and across the globe has significant implications for employment in the energy sector. One of the most promising being the opportunity to reverse the decades-old trend of an aging workforce.

The levels of young engineers entering the sector stubbornly remain well below what it should be, with the result that the majority of the industry‘s workforce is now over 50, and how to attract the younger generation remains one of the biggest headaches for energy and utility companies globally.

Traditionally, the energy industry has suffered from an image problem. Within the vast careers market, it’s seen as an old fashioned and unexciting option. However, as the sector undergoes a low-carbon, more-sustainable transformation this could not be further from the truth.

With the rapidly growing renewable energy sector and the increasing consciousness and activism amongst the young around how human activities are influencing the climate, the industry has the perfect opportunity now to engage with Gen Z and demonstrate how a career in energy can be an impactful one, making a difference from an environmental, economic and societal aspect.

The energy industry needs to grasp this opportunity with both hands now.

To help support these efforts, Initiate is launching its Future Energy Leaders programme as an evolution of its previous Young Talent Programme. Join us!


Applications for the Future Energy Leaders Programme are closed





Diamond Partner

  • Schneider Electric


Platinum Partner

  • Siemens AG


Gold Partners

  • Baker Hughes
  • Energy Web Foundation
  • Energynest
  • Ericsson
  • Gridspertise
  • Palantir
  • SAP
  • Siemens Energy
  • Solar Turbines
  • Wartsila

Silver Partners

  • Alfen
  • Babcock & Wilcox
  • Capgemini
  • G&E
  • IFS
  • Italgas
  • Landis+Gyr
  • Meters and More
  • Microsoft
  • PRIME Alliance


Knowledge Partner

  • Enel Foundation


Legal & Regulatory Partner

  • Pinsent Masons


Utility Partner

  • Dtek Grids
  • Enel Grids
  • RTE



  • ABS Group
  • AC Boilers
  • Accenture
  • Bergen Engines
  • Cisco
  • Cleanwatts
  • Driivz
  • Efacec
  • EnergyDome
  • Greencom Networks
  • Hive Power
  • Hiven Energy
  • Itron
  • Kaluza
  • Kigen
  • Kore Wireless
  • Kraken Technologies
  • Last Energy
  • Minsait
  • Mytilineos
  • Start Up Energy Transition
  • Oracle Energy and Water
  • Ormazabal
  • Piclo
  • Pietro Fiorentini
  • ProEnergy Services
  • PSM, a Hanwha company
  • Sentient Energy
  • SLM Solutions
  • Sungrow
  • Trilliant Networks
  • Uniper
  • Waterfall Security Solutions


Initiate Partners

  • EIT InnoEnergy
  • Enel Innovation Hubs
  • IMI
  • Rockstart
  • Siemens Energy
  • Start Up Energy Transition
  • TotalEnergies


Industry Partners

  • ANIE Federazione
  • ANIMA Confindustria
  • Avere
  • CHARGE Energy Branding
  • CO2 Value
  • COGEN Europe
  • currENT
  • dena
  • DERlab
  • E.DSO
  • EASE
  • Elettricità Futura
  • Energia Media
  • ETN
  • Eurelectric
  • Eurogas
  • Euroheat & Power
  • European Biogas Association
  • European Energy Retailers (EER)
  • Flow Batteries Europe
  • Generazione Distribuita (Distributed Generation)
  • Hydrogen Europe
  • IEC - International Electrotechnical Commission
  • IPPF
  • Lombardy Energy Cleantech Cluster (LE2C)
  • OSGP
  • Ricerca sul Sistema Energetico - RSE SpA
  • SmartEn
  • Start Up Energy Transition (SET)
  • T&D Europe
  • VDMA
  • VGBE Energy