Initiate Start-up Programme

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Milan Enlit Europe 2020

For start-ups, 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. 

New for this year is a focus on advising Venture Capitalists on how to spot a promising start-up, as well as matchmaking opportunities with Corporates, enabling them to discuss portfolio exit strategies. 

Explore all about it on this page!

Initiate Start-up Programme at Enlit Europe

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.

Enlit Europe Start-up Community Hub

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.
Initiate! Accelerate 2 Initiate! Programme Enlit Europe

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 News

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  • “I have seen a paradigm shift in the way the energy sector approaches innovation,” says Enlit Europe director Paddy Young.
  • Watch the interview with Julia Padberg, Principal, SET Ventures.
  • Watch the interview with Goran Šnajdar, Business Development Specialist, Holosys.
  • Watch the interview with Jo-Jo Hubbard, co-founder of Electron and winner of the 2017 Initiate Start-up Award.
  • The chief executive of Nijhuis Industries and founder and chairman of Naesta Holding highlights how the water industry is adapting to the "dynamic new reality" of climate change. 
  • Watch the interview between Paddy Young, Director Enlit Europe, Sietske Jacobs, Initiate Global Director, and Gijs de Bruin, Partner and Co-Founder PureTerra Ventures.

Initiate Partners


Initiate Sponsor TU Berlin Enlit Europe


Initiate Endorser Startup Energy Transition Enlit Europe

Diamond Partner

  • Siemens


Sustainable Power Partner

  • Enel


Gold Partner

  • Italgas


Silver Partners

  • LoRa Alliance
  • Meters & More
  • Nodes
  • Prime Alliance
  • Solar turbines


Global Knowledge Partner

  • Enel Foundation



  • Bureau Veritas
  • Critical Software
  • Inea
  • Minsait, an Indra Company
  • N-Side
  • NXP
  • Pietro Fiorentini
  • Schneider Electric
  • Sféra
  • Sumitomo
  • Uniper
  • Valmet Technologies


Utility Partners

  • GRDF
  • RTE


Initiate Sponsors

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