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Initiate spotlights next-gen talent, empowers start-ups, scale-ups and other entrepreneurs, and brings them together with established industry practitioners to help take the industry forward.

Launched in 2014, Initiate brings together innovators and disruptors, students, young professionals, corporate executives, public sector innovators and investors from around the world, with the aim of supporting the all-important innovation ecosystem and celebrating champions of entrepreneurship. 

This year, Initiate is delighted to bring two new elements to the live programme:

Innovators & Disruptors

Innovators & Disruptors

Dedicated to the energy innovation ecosystem, the programme includes groundbreaking presentations, panel discussions, pitching sessions and success stories covering the latest innovations and exploring the existing opportunities in this space for all stakeholders.

Key sessions include:

- Investigating the growing influence of ESG
- The essential role of deeptech, as well as early-stage start-ups in the energy transition
- The dos and don’ts of upscaling and internationalising your business
- Exciting Pitching Sessions under the auspices of the 4 Ds (decarbonisation, digitalisation, decentralisation and democratisation)

Visit the Innovators Zone

Innovators & Disruptors Hub Schedule

Future Energy Leaders

Future Energy Leaders

What does the future of the energy workforce look like?

This programme recognises the enormous importance of students, postgraduates and young people to the energy transition and the future success of the industry. Young talents often bring new and exciting perspectives, as well as the fresh blood that is badly needed.

Through a series of educational workshops, challenges, presentations and panel discussions, the Future Energy Leaders programme offers the opportunity to the next-gen talent to learn from and connect with industry practitioners, and the industry to engage directly with its all-important future workforce, including the industry leaders of the future.

Apply for the Future Energy Leaders Programme

Future Energy Leaders Hub Schedule

Endorsed by our Alumni

It was great to hear from many different experts from industry. As a young talent, it was a very much eye-opening experience and also validation of some of my thoughts.

Agata Hlebowicz, TU Delft, The Netherlands

In this event, I have earned a lot of information about European companies in the renewable energy field that I didn’t know. And because of the student project competition, I have also made many new friends in this area. 

Ji Song, Aalto University, Finland


As a student, it was highly educative. As an engineer, it was a good chance to become familiar with state of the art technology.

Amin Shariatkhah, Politecnico Milano, Italia

It was really mind-blowing. A huge gathering of a variety of companies and professionals with solutions that can change the world. It sure sparked a fire of inspiration in me.

Samuel Sulemanu, Uppsala Universiteit,  Sweden


Initiate Hub Schedule

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

Initiate Hub 2 - Innovators & Disruptors (Hall 12.0)
    • Session: French Innovation Focus
    • Session: French Innovation Focus
    • Session: French Innovation Focus
    • Session: French Innovation Focus
    • Session: French Innovation Focus
    • Session: French Innovation Focus
  1. Networking Break
    • Session: French Innovation Focus
    • Session: French Innovation Focus
    • Session: French Innovation Focus
    • Session: French Innovation Focus
    • Session: French Innovation Focus



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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
  • Nextgen
  • 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