DIGITAL EVENT: 24-26 November 2020 
 LIVE EVENT: 11-13 May 2021 | CTICC | Cape Town

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What is Initiate!

What is Initiate!

Initiate! is the beating heart of innovation and the very essence of African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa.

As a feature of African Utility Week, 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.

With the utility industry transforming, comes the opportunity for the next generation tech and young talent to play a major role in facilitating innovation and change. Initiate! is hosted during Africa’s most valuable end-to-end energy, power and water event, namely African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa. 

Purpose of Initiate!

Initiate! is dedicated to accelerating change and boosting growth within the global power and energy industry.

Our purpose is to foster innovation by empowering and connecting the next generation of tech and talent. Together we stand for a just and fair energy transition.


Read more about our Young Talent Challenge

Initiate Team

Why Now?

We all know that the energy sector must fast-forward innovation – and that is the core purpose of Initiate!

It is a global movement that breeds talent, empowers next-gen energy entrepreneurs and creates impactful programs to move our industry forward. Founded in 2014, Initiate! brings together start-up’s, students, corporate executives, public sector innovators and investors around the world.

Get in Touch!

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

Name: Naz Fredericks


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


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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

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


Global Knowledge Partner

  • Enel Foundation


Host Publication

  • ESI Africa