Initiate! Young Talent Programme

The Initiate! Young Talent programme strives to connect these bright and eager minds with the industry in an effort to spark debate and enable collaboration between them and the more established industry professionals. 2016 will bring revamped new formats and topics ranging from recruitment sessions, university presentations and workshops.

Interested to join us or hang out? Make sure you visit EUW16 and come and hang out with your peers, industry professionals and startups at the “Omnetric Initiate! bar” on the Initiate! Hub!

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Part inspirational, part educational, the programme gives the chance to the next generation leaders to connect to the industry and learn first hand from their peers and the professionals in the field, walking away with industry ideas and knowledge that they can put to use right away.

200 free Summit tickets have been granted to students with the ambition to make an impact and innovate the industry. They were actively engaged by attending the Summit, the Hub Sessions and Workshops, and will afterwards send us their views on the developments in the market, which will be collated in a report shared after the event.

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

  • University of Queensland
  • Budapest University of Technology and Economics
  • Delft University of Technology
  • Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
  • ETH Zurich
  • Hochschule Biberach University of applied sciences
  • KULeuven
  • Technical University of Berlin
  • Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
  • University of Porto

Click here to view the entire list 

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Young Talent Programme participants have been asked to write an abstract about how they see the future of the energy sector, giving their insights to the question: “What’s required to reach a new energy future and the 2030 renewable targets?”

The winner was announced during the award ceremony on the Initiate! Stage, on the 15th of November: Elias De Keyser, a student on EIT InnoEnergy’s MSc Energy for Smart Cities.


The Young Talent Winner prize includes:

  • Extensive media coverage
  • A complimentary flight and free ticket to European Utility Week 2017
  • 2 complimentary tickets to the European Utility Industry Awards dinner on the 15th of November

Engerati Studio Interview with the Young Talent Award winner:

The 5 finalists of the Initiate! Young Talent Award were:  
(click on their names to read the abstract they submitted to the Young Talent Programme)

See who won the Award in 2015 here


November 16th, 14.00-15.15 on the Initiate! Hub

This session was dedicated to students who were part of the programme, but was also open to other students interested.

The session discussed how the industry is creating a game changing team and what recruiters are looking for in young talents. The panel will consist of various HR representatives from the industry. 

Students who were part of the programme had the opportunity to complete an online assessment about their Game Changer Index and profile. The results gave them practical tips and insights on how to use their strengths to make a game changing impact. Click here to view the details of the Game Changer Index. 

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For more information about the 2015 Young Talent Programme see below: 

Mail me with your ideas!

Sietske Jacobs

Initiate! Hub Sessions Programme