Initiate! in the Media


Due to the success at this year’s event, the Initiate! Programme is being added to the global portfolio of Utility Week series in 2017, kicking off with African Utility Week, 16-18 May, Cape Town, followed by Asian Utility Week 24-25 May, Bangkok.

European Utility Week, the leading event for Europe’s smart utility community, has revealed the finalists for the Initiate! Startup Award and the Initiate! Young Talent Award. 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.


Jacob Van Zonneveld, CEO, PlugSurfing - Winner of the Initiate! Startup Award

Elias De Keyser, KULeuven and UPC (Dual Degree Master) - Winner of the Initiate! Young Talent Award


Huseyin R Demirhisar, Impact Investment Consultant, Angel Wings Ventures

Panel Discussion - Investing in our Sectors Future