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 LIVE EVENT: 11-13 May 2021 | CTICC | Cape Town

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Hello #Innovators | Hello #Students | Hello #SMMEs 

Initiate! is inspiring the industry with new talent, new talk, new tech! 

Initiate! is the perfect platform for start-ups, SMMEs, students, young professionals and established professionals to share ideas, innovations and make bold moves.

We welcome you to a new reality. A reality where all the players in the utility landscape have joined forces to make sure that a positive energy transition will be achieved.  The urgency to achieve this energy transition is crystal clear; we need to act now before it’s too late.

Initiate! gives young talent and SMMEs a platform to showcase their innovative solutions to ultimately achieve this transition.

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Opportunities at Initiate!

We are dedicated to accelerating change and growth within the global power and energy industry and students, young talents, smmes and startups have the opportunity to play a part in this inevitable change.

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Initiate! is a hub for bright minds, start-ups, innovators, utility professionals and students of the future to gather, discuss, share and pilot ideas with the more established professionals from the industry.

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  Young Talent Challenge


Young Talent Challenge


Young Talent Challenge

The Initiate! Young Talent Programme welcomes students and young professionals about to graduate and ready to work in the industry or under 35 and working for a utility - join us!              Read More


  SMME/Entrepreneur Programme


SMME/Entrepreneur Programme


SMME/Entrepreneur Programme

Are you ready to take your business to the next level? Then we need you to join the Initiate! SMME and Entrepreneur programme! 
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Partner or Sponsor Initiate!


Partner or Sponsor Initiate!

This is your opportunity to not only invest in the future of the sector, but also the opportunity to positively and actively make a difference.
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We are excited to Bring to you the Initiate 3 Part Series, that will aid as a toolkit to assist both Young Talents and SMME’s within the industry.

This series is jam packed with a line-up of some serial entrepreneurs and motivational business coaches in the legal, digital, power and energy space and much more.

Find out more here

Missed the Initiate! session of African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa's Virtual Event? Not to worry, you can still listen to the experts' insights on "How to attract investment opportunities for South African SMMEs working in the green economy" here:

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Get in touch with us

Project Leader Details

Get in touch with our Initiate! project lead to discuss the various options.

Naz Fredericks


Nr: +27 (0) 21 001 3822 / +27 (0) 71 404 1142

Sales Team Leader Details

Guarantee your exhibition space on the Initiate! SMME hub by making contact with one of our team members at a highly competitive rate.

Stephen Campbell


Nr: +27 (0) 21 700 3534 / +27 (0) 82 664 0242 


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Host Ministry

  • Ministry of Energy South Africa

Host Utility

  • Eskom

Host City

  • Host City

Municipal Leaders Forum Partners


Platinum Sponsor

  • Landis + Gyr
  • Conlog
  • Actom Pty Ltd


Silver Sponsor

  • Akilee
  • Nyamezela Metering (Pty) Ltd
  • Huawei Technologies Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Ntiyiso Consulting


CEO Forum Partners

  • ALSF
  • Eaton
  • Lucy Electric
  • Nyamazela
  • APUA
  • ALSF
  • Prime Alliance
  • Oracle


Global Knowledge Partner

  • Enel Foundation


Host Publication

  • ESI Africa