The Initiate Hub

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

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. Plus, access to the Initiate Hub is FREE! Just register an a Exhibition Visitor to join us in Milan for access to this Hub and all others on the exhibition floor.


The Initiate Hub Schedule

Please note: Timings and Session Titles are subject to change.

30 Nov 2021
  1. Initiate Hub Theatre
    • Initiate
    Kicking-off this year's Initiate programme with an inspiring talk by a leading energy entrepreneur, where they will share their roller-coaster ride from a seed of an idea to commercial success, highlighting the wins, and warning of the pitfalls and how to avoid them. This will then be followed by a Corporate Venture veteran, who will share their wisdom and invaluable insight. Together these two individuals will seek to inspire the next-gen of techs and talent through their words.
  2. Initiate Hub Theatre
    • Initiate
    Hydrogen is commonly described as a game changer as we seek to decarbonise how we produce and use energy. It’s no single silver bullet, but it’s undoubtedly one of the most important enablers of decarbonisation, however, it needs to be ‘green’. To achieve this will require both innovative solutions and thinking, which we'll explore in this special session, created in partnership with Enel Green Power and Enel Innovation Hubs.
01 Dec 2021
  1. Initiate Hub Theatre
    • Initiate

    Innovators are hard-wired to recognize a market opportunity and devise a solution, often disruptive, to an issue or problem. However, as we move to a more sustainable energy future there's a need to shift away from  solving a problem in isolation. We need to focus on a more ‘reusing, repairing, refurbishing and recycling’ approach. Here, we’ll explore the importance of having a circular economy mind-set when innovating.



  2. Initiate Hub Theatre
    • Initiate

    Partnerships between corporates and start-ups/entrepreneurs can reap enormous benefits for both parties in terms of developing innovation capabilities and scaling up businesses. However, there are many challenges to establishing such partnerships. Here we explore the dynamics of the relationship and how to do them successfully, as well as whether more emphasis needs to be given to corporate & start-up partnerships if Europe is serious about upscaling its new techs quicker and more effectively.

02 Dec 2021


Initiate Sessions in the Summit

As part of our Enlit Europe Summit, we have some sessions dedicated to Initiate. These sessions are available only to Summit Delegates, but registering as such enables you to take part in all Summit Sessions over the 3 days in Milan. For the full Summit schedule, please click HERE.

Please note: Timings and Session Titles are subject to change.

01 Dec 2021
  1. Connect Studio
    • Connect Studio
    • Initiate
    In this round-table discussion, with a particular focus on the sustainable energy tech space, experts from the investment community will explore how the different areas of the start-up investing landscape are evolving and whether its evolution is being accelerated by the COVID-19 Pandemic. If so, what does it mean going forward  in terms of new market entrants, new funding models, novel thinking on how we investment in new ventures, etc.?
  2. Connect Studio
    • Connect Studio
    • Initiate
    Italy, at its heart, is a traditional country so in terms of digital infrastructure it has long been seen as one of the less advanced in western Europe. However, that’s changing and changing fast, and importantly new ventures are leading the charge. With a particular focus on the green tech sector, we explore how its start-up ecosystem is responding to this trend.


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