Initiate Start-Up Programme

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For start-ups and new ventures, we have a dedicated area where you can have one-to-one meetings, present your ideas, products and service solutions, and work and relax – with coffee on tap. Check out the Start-up Community Hub section below for more information.


We also have our highly-successful and exclusive Accelerate 2 Initiate matchmaking programme, where selected start-ups get the opportunity to pitch their innovation to corporates. Check out the Accelerate 2 Initiate section below to know all about it.


Read all about these two exciting opportunities below!

Start-Up Community Hub

Calling all start-ups that are positively impacting the acceleration of the smart energy transition!

Being part of Start-up Community Hub, a dedicated, multi-use space within Initiate that offers a host of opportunities, including:

  • Showcase ideas and solutions to the entire Enlit Community
  • Connect and brainstorm with established industry professionals
  • Access and meet with VCs and representatives of the venture units of utilities

With the combination of having a physical presence in Initiate and matchmaking sessions, this is your way in and up!

We will have 70 available spots after selection. Fill out the form below to apply.

There are also opportunities to upgrade, including a pitch slot on an on-site, on-demand digital platform, which can be viewed by investors, potential partners and customers.

Apply Here

Fill out this form and select 'I am a start-up' to let us know you're interested in the Initiate Start-up Programme:


Criteria for the Start-Up Programme

  • A launched* product or solution – start-up or from a university
  • Software start-ups can be a maximum of 5 years old and hardware start-ups a maximum of 8 years old
  • Focus is on Innovation in all areas of Energy-related Cleantech, including Smart Homes, Meters & Grids, Collective and Decentralised Energy, Smart Generation & Renewables, Energy Reduction and Usage Awareness, etc.  
  • Has not exhibited at any previous editions of European Utility Week / POWERGEN Europe

*For the purposes of the eligibility, “launched” may mean any of the following things:

  • When a discovery is made / when a scientific paper is published / when a patent is approved
  • When a physical device is made tangible (i.e. a prototype)
  • When the applicable regulatory body approves a product / procedure for use
  • When the product is made commercially available
  • When a project or product is publicly released

Accelerate 2 Initiate

We are delighted to once again be staging our highly-successful and exclusive Accelerate 2 Initiate matchmaking programme, where selected start-ups get the opportunity to pitch their innovation to corporates, with the winners securing the opportunity to work with them and potentially have their innovative solution piloted.

Start-ups selected for the Start-up Community Hub will automatically be enrolled in our exclusive Accelerate 2 Initiate matchmaking programme, - apply by filling out the form on this page.

Even if you are not selected for inclusion in the start-up area, you could still be matched and find your next business partner. For the matchmaking programme, the criteria are:

  • Must have a first prototype and/or pilots, preferably also proved commercial traction;
  • Must have a minimum of 3 staff members per start-up.

Apply Here

Fill out this form and select 'I am a start-up' to let us know you're interested in the Initiate Start-Up Programme:


Initiate Partners


Initiate Sponsor TU Berlin Enlit Europe


Initiate Endorser Startup Energy Transition Enlit Europe

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Diamond Partner

  • Siemens


Sustainable Power Partner

  • Enel


Gold Partner

  • Italgas
  • Microsoft

Silver Partners

  • Baker Hughes
  • LoRa Alliance
  • Meters & More
  • Nodes
  • Prime Alliance
  • Solar Turbines


Global Knowledge Partner

  • Enel Foundation


Utility Partners

  • Dtek
  • GRDF
  • RTE



  • AC Boilers
  • Babcock & Wilcox
  • BASF New Business
  • Bureau Veritas
  • Critical Software
  • EDP Labelec
  • EV-BOX
  • Inea
  • Kaluza
  • Minsait, an Indra Company
  • N-Side
  • Pietro Fiorentini
  • Powercloud
  • NXP
  • Schneider Electric
  • Sféra
  • Valmet Technologies
  • Uniper


Initiate Sponsors

  • EIT InnoEnergy
  • Enel Innovation Hubs
  • McKinsey Energy Insights
  • Smart Innovation Norway
  • The GC Index
  • TU Berlin