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Accelerate 2 Initiate!

Exclusive matchmaking programme to introduce innovative startups to corporates looking to work with them and pilot their solution


Accelerate 2 Initiate!

Initiate! has launched a new format in 2018 coupling corporates with startups in a matchmaking programme. After a successful launch in 2018, we are happy to announce that Accelerate 2 Initiate! (A2I!) will continue in 2019 and the applications for startups are now open.

All 50 selected startups for the Pavilion will automatically enter the A2I! programme.


«The well organised Accelerate 2 Initiate! matchmaking competition was an excellent way to present ourselves to Europes leading Utilities. Being selected by Wien Energie made it an even more successful event. Would highly recommend any scale-up to join! »

Paul Mignot, Founder & CEO, Withthegrid ​

Confirmed Corporates

agile e.on Accelerate 2 Initiate! Corporate

Media Partner

derbrutkasten Initiate! Endorser European Utility Week 2019

Interested in participating as a corporate?

Corporates will participate in the Accelerate 2 Initiate! programme and Initiate! will be responsible for scouting startups specifically suitable for the participating corporates.

We will ask corporates to:

  • provide an active Operations/Innovation Officer during the process

  • attend as a jury member during the demo day on 12 November

  • perform at least one official negotiation phase to run one pilot with one of the selected startups after the event


2018 winners!

We would like to congratulate the Accelerate to Initiate! matchmaking programme winners announced during European Utility Week 2018 in Vienna: 

  • Maria Julia Freitag Venture Scouter & Program Manager, e-on agile selected Fsight 
  • Peter Goenitzer, CEO, Wien Energie selected Withthegrid 
  • Tibor Czeh, Business and Market Transformation Director, T-Systems Hungary LTD, selected Enerbrain
  • Tomaž Orešič, Vice President, Resalta, selected Enerbrain
  • Dima Kharchenko, Associate, i5invest, selected Aperio
  • José Manuel Jorge Carvalho, Director Marketing & Sales, Efacec, selected Aperio 
  • Jozsef Szuper, Managing director at Menton & Founder of ENASCO Cleantech Alliance, Menton Energy Group Ltd., ENASCO Cleantech Alliance Ltd., selected Greener Power Solutions 
  • Daniel Döller, Head of Energy Services, Österreichische Post AG selected Shine  
  • Robert Rosellen, Director Enterprise Business and Management Board Member, Microsoft selected LiveEO
The Initiate! topics will be covered before the event in the form of blog posts, expert articles and interviews. Read on:
  • Peter Goenitzer was a speaker during "The importance for utilities & startups to collectively innovate & join forces" session at the EUW 2018 Initiate! programme.
  • Maria Freitag attended Initiate! at European Utility Week in 2018 and discovered a hotbed of talent.


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