Innovators Zone

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Innovation sits at the heart of Enlit Europe


If you are a start-up, scale-up or entrepreneur working on a solution that will help to accelerate the energy transition and are interested in having a physical presence at Enlit Europe we have two cost-effective options within the Initiate Area for you.

Start-up Community Hub

Initiate Alumni

Start-Up Community Hub

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

Being part of the Start-up Community Hub*, you have your own Pod within a special area on the Initiate Hub that offers a host of opportunities, such as:

  • Showcasing ideas and solutions to the entire Enlit Europe Community
  • Connecting with VCs and representatives of the venture units of utilities and other corporates
  • Opportunity to be selected for a pitching session
  • Raising your profile via on-site branding

With the combination of having a physical presence and the opportunity to participate in a pitching session, this is your way in and up!

*If selected for the Start-up Community Hub, there is a nominal fee of €500 (excluding VAT).

Submission of applications for the 2022 Initiate Innovators Zone is now OPEN. Click on the ‘Apply Here’ button below and complete the dropdown form. You will then receive a follow-up email with a link to enable you to provide more details on your start-up. Finally, a selection process will be conducted by a panel of innovation experts.

Criteria for the Innovators Zone

  • 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, Clean Hydrogen, Energy Reduction and Usage Awareness, and Circular Economy.

  • Has not exhibited at any previous editions of European Utility Week / POWERGEN Europe or Enlit 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

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Initiate Start-Up Stages

Companies that would qualify for the Initiate Start-Up include those as part of the Validation, Efficiency and Scale Stage. We will not be able to accept applications for those in the Sustain Stage. Please see below definitions of all of these Stages:

Validation Stage:

  • Companies in the validation stage are typically 1-2 years old
  • There is just 1 office
  • < 10 employees
  • 1 product
  • 1-2 clients
  • Not yet generating revenue
  • Early-stage company relative to competitors

Efficiency Stage:

  • Companies in the efficiency stage are typically 3-5 years old
  • There is usually 1 office
  • 11-24 employees
  • 2 products or more
  • 2-9 clients
  • Generating revenue but not yet profitable
  • Small operator relative to competitors

Scale Stage:

  • Companies in the scale stage are typically 6-10 years old
  • There are 1-2 offices
  • 25-99 employees
  • 3 products or more
  • 10-39 clients
  • Breaking even
  • Mid-size operator relative to competitors

Companies that are at the Sustain Stage are not eligible to join the Initiate Directory. The Sustain Stage is defined as below:

  • Companies in the sustain stage are typically 10+ years old
  • There are offices in multiple cities
  • 100-500 employees
  • 4+ products or more
  • 40+ clients
  • Profitable year on year
  • Large operator relative to competitors

Apply Here

To submit an application for the 2022 Initiate Innovators Zone, please complete and submit this form. You will subsequently receive an email with a link to our platform that enables you to tell us all about your start-up.  Once that is completed, a selection process will be conducted and you will be informed if you’ve been successful.



Innovator & Disruptor Stand 

This second option is open to all innovative ventures that are scaling, have exhibited with us previously or do not wish to go through our selection process.

Take it to the next level by raising your profile with an Innovator & Disruptor Stand, providing greater exposure and greater opportunities.

Package includes:

  • 9 sqm furnished stand in the Initiate Area (chairs, table and electricity included)
  • Branding on the “Innovation Wall” with logo
  • Opportunity to be selected for a pitching session

For further information please contact our team:

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