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Accelerate 2 Initiate! - exclusive startup matchmaking programme part of Initiate! during EUW 2018

European Utility Week

The Blue Minds Company and Initiate! are collaborating to introduce an exclusive matchmaking program for corporates and startups. Accelerate 2 Initiate! will be part of the Initiate! startup programme during European Utility Week (EUW).

The Blue Minds Company and Initiate! have developed a brand new format coupling corporates with startups in a matchmaking programme. This programme will help stimulate innovation, new thinking and ideas bringing about a faster transition within the energy space. “By introducing Accelerate 2 Initiate! we are aiming to bring the matching process between corporates and startups to a new level, generating high market-readiness as well as profit-making outputs”, underlines Lorena Skiljan, Partner at the Blue Minds Company.

Sietske Jacobs, Initiate Project Manager, European Utility WeekThe programme will attract smart energy corporates and innovative startups. Participating corporates will be professionally curated during the program and the startups will be specially scouted according to the needs of the corporates. “Early identification of specific developments of the industry as well as high expertise in the process of the digital transformation are very important parts of this matchmaking program. For these reasons, we are excited to have Blue Minds as a partner of Initiate!. Blue Minds are established experts in the field of energy transition and innovation”, states Sietske Jacobs, Initiate! programme manager.

During the year, the startup will work on a specific business case for their corporate partner, which will be presented by the startup during the Initiate! event happening at European Utility Week, 6-8 November 2018, Vienna, Austria. 

Each corporate connected to the programme and an allocated Initiate! jury will be able to select one startup to be awarded a pilot project in cooperation with the corporate. “We are expecting an exciting output in form of lighthouse projects, products as well as cooperation’s between participants”, state both the responsible, Sietske Jacobs and Lorena Skiljan. The registration for the Initiate! startup programme is open - click here.

Initiate! is dedicated entirely to bringing about change and encouraging growth within the utility industry through innovation, passion, inclusion and diversification. As a feature of European Utility Week, Initiate! is where bright minds of the future gather to discuss, share and pilot ideas and innovations with the more established professionals from the industry.

Lorena Skijlan, Partner, The Blue Minds Company, Initiate, European Utility Week 2018EUW is an exhibition and conference attracting over 12,000 top-level energy professionals from all over the world. “The top know-how in regard to energy innovation is gathering in Vienna for a couple of days”, states Lorena Skiljan, “this partnership with EUW will be a fixed part for our future innovation motor.”

The Blue Minds Company (TBMC) is the go-to company for business model innovation for the energy industry. With enterprising, incubating & consulting, we work for and with companies to tackle the challenges of the 21st century from Vienna and Tel Aviv. "Driving the energy transition" is thereby the slogan of TBMC.


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