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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! European Utility Week

After a successful launch in 2018, we were excited to continue the matchmaking programme Accelerate 2 Initiate! (A2I!) in 2019. 

All startups part of the Startup Pavilion have automatically entered 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 ​

2019 Winners

On Tuesday, 12 November, Initiate! hosted the corporate-startup matchmaking programme A2I, where:

  • VARTA selected othermo
  • Agile:E.On selected Prisma Photonics
  • Iberdrola Ventures selected Enline Transmission
  • and Infoware selected Blink Energy.


A big congratulations to all!

European Utility Week Initiate! A2I programme

Participating Corporates

Corporates Involved:

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  • Perseo_Iberdrola_279_187
  • A_Infoware_279x187
  • A_varta_279x187


Highlights of the matchmaking programme:

  • Onsite Pitching Sessions of selected startups (only the top 3 selection of corporates) where the corporates select their winner!
  • Winning startups receive at least one official negotiation phase with corporate to run one pilot
  • 2-hour online session team-workshop conducted by Initiate! and The GC Index® after the event, with the key stakeholders from the winning startup team and the corporate
    • How are we going to maximize our individual and collective impact – What are the key relationships to get right
    • Click here to view the workshop details
    • Each individual to get The GC Index®  - see this page for more information: www.thegcindex.com/initiate

Lead Partner

  • InnoEnergy

Legal & Regulatory Partner

  • Pinsent Masons


  • Enel
  • The GC Index

 Investor Drinks sponsors

  • Iberdrola Ventures
The Initiate! topics will be covered before the event in the form of blog posts, expert articles and interviews. Read on:
  • Talk Community Interview: Dima Prisikar

    Dima Prisikar CEO functions and co-founder at Xigrid
    Read the interview with Dima Prisikar CEO functions and co-founder at Xigrid
  • Talk Community Interview: Elena International

    Elena International company
    Read the interview with Elena International
  • Talk Community Interview: Frank Gielen

    16 Oct 2019 Dr. Frank Gielen, Education Director, Innoenergy
    Read the interview with Dr. Frank Gielen, Education Director at Innoenergy
  • Talk Community Interview: Dr. Carsten Corino

    02 Oct 2019 Dr. Carsten Corino, SunOyster Systems GmbH
    Read the interview with Dr. Carsten Corino, SunOyster Systems GmbH
  • Startup Videos

    01 Oct 2019
    Check out the videos from our Initiate! Startups
  • Talk Community Interview: Pierre-Alexandre SCHEMBRI

    27 Sep 2019 Pierre-Alexandre SCHEMBRI, President, Netsach
    Read the interview with Pierre-Alexandre SCHEMBRI, President, Netsach
  • Talk Community Interview: Andreas Schoser

    27 Sep 2019 Andreas Schoser, Business Development Manager, Pixolus GmbH
    Read the interview with Andreas Schoser, Business Development Manager of Pixolus GmbH
  • Talk Community Interview: David White

    24 Sep 2019 David White, Business Development Manager, Mixergy
    Read the interview with David White, Business Development Manager at Mixergy
  • Talk Community Interview : Álvaro Sánchez Miralles

    Álvaro Sánchez Miralles, Chief Executive Officer, Stemy Energy
    Read the interview with Álvaro Sánchez Miralles, Chief Executive Officer of Stemy Energy
  • Talk Community Interview : MiDo

    Miriam Surro, Chief Executive Officer, MiDo
    Read the interview with Miriam Surro, Chief Executive Officer of MiDo


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