European Utility Week reveals shortlist for next breakthrough in smart energy


The awards form part of the revamped Initiate! Programme, which is dedicated entirely to bringing about change and encouraging growth within the utility industry through innovation, passion and diversification. The Startup and Young Talent awards aim to recognise the best ideas, talent and innovations within the smart energy sector.

The finalists for the Initiate! Startup Award were selected from a total of 60 start-ups worldwide and include BeeBryte, Discovergy, PlugSurfing, SolarChange and Sympower. They will be cross-examined in a live Dragons’ Den-style pitch on the Initiate! main stage on the 15th November and the winner will be chosen by four judges from across the industry.

Young Talent Award

The Young Talent programme invites 200 university and post grad students to join the discussions during the three-day event. Five finalists have been chosen out of 100 entries to compete in the Young Talent Award, which includes writing an abstract on “What’s required to reach a new energy future and the 2030 renewable targets?” The winner will be announced during the award ceremony and will receive a complimentary flight and summit pass to EUW 2017 in Amsterdam, along with two tickets to the prestigious European Utility Industry Awards.

Sietske Jacobs, project manager for Initiate!, said: “There is a big paradigm shift happening within the energy sector, with new technological advances needed to keep up with sustainable targets, regulation and changing consumer needs. It is therefore important for the more established professionals and utilities to look to fresh new talent and innovation, to gain even smarter ideas and bring them to the fore. If current and future talent can work together it will push the industry forward and quickly bring about much needed developments.”

Initiate! Hub Sessions

The Initiate! Hub Sessions open with: “Launch your Genius” which discusses the game changing impact of adopting new technologies and acquiring new talents. Speakers include futurist Yuri van Geest, founder of SingularityU in the Netherlands, Marcos Bassols, Chief Product Design Engineer at Watley, Annemie Ress, HR Representative at Innogy and John Mervyn-Smith – AKA: Dr. GC, at the GC Index. To access the full Initiate! Programme click here.

All Hub Sessions are free to attend during EUW, between 15-17 November, in Barcelona, Spain and include discussions entitled Energy Revolution Europe, Intelligent Buildings Europe, Storage, Smart Gas, Smart Water, Big Data and Analytics, Intelligent Grid, Smart Metering and Smart Homes and End Use.

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About European Utility Week

As the premier business, innovation and information platform connecting the smart utility community, EUW focuses on regional and global developments in Grid Optimisation, Renewables, Energy Storage, Smart Metering, Smart Cities, Smart Homes, Energy Services & Efficiency, Intelligent Buildings, Data Management, Analytics and IoT, Cyber Security, Smart Gas and Smart Water.

The event serves as an annual meeting point for the community and will be attended by 12,000 international visitors, 450 speakers and 600 exhibitors.

Innovation underlines every element of the show with a special focus on connecting people from all levels of the utility value chain from technology giants to start-ups and from senior-level experts to young talent.