Start-ups within the energy sector face specific opportunities and challenges that can either help or hinder their progress.

European Utility Week's Initiate programme is a fresh way of supporting start-ups, growing young talent and connecting experienced players with those entering the game.

Smart Energy International interviewed Initiate participant, Nuventura, to learn more about their experience.

Initiate! at DistribuTECH

For the first time in history, DistribuTECH – the largest annual event for the transmission and distribution industry – hosted 12 start-ups in New Orleans and gave them each a chance to pitch their companies to a panel of judges.

Scott Engstrom (left), VP of Corporate Strategy at GridX poses with Ross Malme, one of the Initiate judges at DistribuTECH 2019

According to Jennifer Runyon, those twelve start-ups represent the future of the grid, showcasing technology that utilities can use today to better manage their grids and customers. From DERMS to IoT to microgrids, they offered software and hardware to help improve the utility industry.

Click here to read more about Initiate at DistribuTECH.