Initiate! at Enlit Europe

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Milan Enlit Europe 2020

What Will Initiate! Bring

Initiate! is the essence of Enlit Europe. An interactive co-working space that takes you on an entrepreneurial journey, it is the centre of gravity for all cutting-edge technology, new talent and co-creation.

For start-ups, we have a dedicated space where you can have one-to-one meetings, present your ideas, products and services, and work and relax – with coffee on tap. 

New for this year will be a focus on how venture capital companies can identify a good start-up, as well as matchmaking opportunities with corporates to discuss portfolio exit strategies. 

The content programme will be more exciting than ever before and is designed to encourage maximum interaction.

Initiate! at Enlit Europe is an interactive co-working space that takes our energy community on an entrepreneurial journey

Start-up Programme

The programme for all start-ups positively impacting the acceleration of the smart energy transition!

Start-ups will be able to showcase their solutions to the entire Enlit Europe community on the Initiate! Hub on the exhibition floor, connect and brainstorm with the incumbents in the industry, meet with VCs, as well as gain access to those professionals from the venture unities within utilities.

With the Start-up Programme, booster and matchmaking sessions, this is your way in and up! Apply here for one of the 70 spots available after selection; check out the criteria in the pop-up box on the right. The first selection will be made by June 2020.

Possibilities to upgrade include a pitch slot on an onsite on-demand digital platform. Available for investors, potential partners and customers.

Apply Here

Criteria for the 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
Enlit Europe Initiate! Startups Accelerator in the energy sector

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 technology or services to corporates, with the winners working with them and having their innovative solution piloted.

All selected start-ups will automatically be enrolled in our exclusive Accelerate 2 Initiate! programme - so apply here! Importantly, even if you are not selected for inclusion in the special start-up area, you could still be matched and find your next business partner.

For the matchmaking programme the below additional criteria apply:

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

Young Talent Programme

The fostering and nurturing of young talent is a central pillar of Initiate!, whether a young professional at the beginning of their career at a utility, or a final-year student.

We are also creating a more bespoke Young Talent Programme, where students who are approaching graduation and want to work in the industry will get genuine opportunities to network and connect with prospective employers. With a strong focus on further education, the Young Talent Programme is also aimed at young professionals (under-30s) already working for a utility.

Enlit Europe Initiate! Young Talent Programme fosters and nurtures the energy sector young talent

Join Us!

Do you want to make an impact on the future of energy? Your journey starts here. Together we will make a difference.

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Silver Partners

  • Itron
  • Nodes


Global Knowledge Partner

  • Enel Foundation



  • Bureau Veritas
  • NXP
  • Pietro Fiorentini
  • RAD
  • Sféra
  • Sumitomo
  • Uniper

Initiate! Sponsor

  • TU Berlin