Initiate! Partners

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Initiate Thought Leader Sponsor

GE Ventures identifies and accelerates ideas that will help improve the world. Focused on energy, software, advanced manufacturing, and healthcare, GE Ventures combines investing, new business creation, licensing, thought leadership, and more to deliver an innovation platform designed to drive growth with our partners.

Ambassador University

Formed from several schools with over one hundred years of history, the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) is a young, public university that is well positioned in international rankings. Its activity focuses on knowledge and practice in engineering, architecture, sciences and technology and rests on humanist and social foundations.

A key aspect of the UPC is its ability to actively influence production, economic and social processes, an influence that manifests itself through quality education taught at bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree levels. Its degree courses are designed to meet the needs of the labour market, but also to achieve forms of leadership that aspire to more sustainable and humane conditions of life. The UPC is also a leading university in knowledge transfer, innovation, business creation and patenting.

As a technical university, it has an essential role to play in production and regional balance and is present and active in six cities in Catalonia: Barcelona, Castelldefels, Manresa, Sant Cugat, Terrassa and Vilanova i la Geltrú.

Beyond Catalonia, the UPC has academic and research ties with other universities, businesses, corporations and institutions through networks and projects, some of which are international in scope. Our aim is to work daily in the service of society, to be accountable for our activities and to assert the primacy of our collective effort towards a better future.




Founded in 2002, Cleantech Group’s (CTG) mission is to accelerate sustainable innovation. Core to this mission is i3, an online platform that connects corporates with innovation, at scale, by allowing them to find, vet, and connect with start-ups—efficiently building an innovation pipeline. In conjunction with i3, we offer premium bespoke services for corporates in need of expertise designing and executing strategies for sustainable innovation, and managing the pipeline created in i3. The i3 platform comes to life at our global Events, which convene corporates and start-ups, along with other players shaping the future of sustainable innovation. CTG is headquartered in San Francisco, and has an office in London.

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Climate-KIC is Europe’s largest public-private innovation partnership focused on climate change, consisting of dynamic companies, the best academic institutions and the public sector. It is one of three Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) created in 2010 by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), an EU body whose mission is to create sustainable growth. Climate-KIC's mission is to bring together, inspire and empower a dynamic community to build a zero carbon economy and climate resilient society.

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Changes in the energy sector are taking place more rapidly than many people think. The current number of 200,000 households that generate their own energy by means of solar panels increases by several hundred each day. At the same time, a fast growing number of Dutch citizens use electricity instead of gas or petrol for cooking, showering and driving. Rapid technological developments enhance the opportunities for realisation of our mission: sustainable energy for everyone. Eneco is picking up the pace to take advantage of these opportunities and to accelerate the energy transition, with technology and innovation as the main driving forces.

Innovation is a central aspect within the Eneco organisation. The aim is to assess and, where possible, field-test the many excellent and innovative ideas that are contributed from within and outside Eneco Group and, ultimately, introduce them on the market.

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IBERDROLA Ventures - PERSEO is the corporate venture capital program (CVC) of IBERDROLA with 70 M€ available to invest indisruptive technologies and businesses that will help shape the future of energy.

Since its creation in 2008, more than 50 M€ have already been invested in start-up companies facing the challenges of electrification worldwide.

Through this program, IBERDROLA offers entrepreneurs, especially in the UK, the US and Spain, its investor support, its expertise, its base of 32 million customers and more than 45GW of installed capacity. Additionally, it contributes to develop an innovative and dynamic business network in the energy sector.

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2016's Educational Institutions who participated in the Young Talent Programme

  • University of Queensland
  • IE Business School
  • Alma Mater Studiorum - Universit di Bologna
  • Budapest University of Technology and Economics
  • Centrica Plc
  • Delft University of Technology
  • DTU
  • Dublin Institute of Technology
  • Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
  • Ecole Polytechnique, Paris
  • Centrale-Supelec
  • Electricité de France
  • Electricity North West Limited 
  • Energy Research Center of Lower Saxony / TU Clausthal
  • Enexis
  • ETH Zurich
  • Ghent University
  • Hochschule Biberach University of applied sciences
  • Instituto superior de tecnico
  • IST
  • ITS "Energia e Ambiente"
  • KTH
  • KULeuven 
  • Budapest University of Technology and Economics
  • Otto Von Guericke University, Magdeburg, Germany
  • Technical University of Berlin 
  • TU Eindhoven
  • TU Munich
  • TU/e
  • Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
  • University of Applied Sciences Worms 
  • University of Colorado
  • University of Porto
  • University of the People
  • Univesity of Ljubljana
  • Uppsala University/IST Lisboa
  • Utrecht University
  • Ecole Centrale Lyon