Start-ups. Students. The Energy Future.

Welcome to the Initiate! page!
This is the only hub where you'll learn all about the new start-up area on our floor—where new products/services get highlighted and we push the industry even further. Accompanied by our student and young talent lounge—the future of DISTRIBUTECH International is here!

Sponsored by:

Amazon Web Services provides startups with the low cost, easy to use infrastructure needed to scale and grow. The world's hottest and most successful start-ups use AWS. Join them and build your business on AWS today.

Endorsed by:

Initiate! winner
  • Each of our 20 start-up companies will "pitch" their solutions to our panel of expert judges. 
  • Eight start-ups will pitch in the Dragon's Den on Wednesday, Jan. 29th. They'll participate in a Q&A session with the judges and receive feedback from those judges. Three companies from the top eight will be recognized as DISTRIBUTECH 2020's top three Initiate! companies. 
  • Initiate! sponsor Amazon Web Services Power & Utilities group will provide all Initiate! Start-up companies with programs and resources they need to quickly build, launch, and scale their company on AWS—including credits, training, and support through AWS Activate.

Meet Our Start-up Companies

Initiate! Hub Schedule (as of 12/4/19)

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

10:35 AM
10:45 AM Ario Technologies
10:55 AM Blastpoint
11:05 AM Brains4Drones
11:15 AM Camus
11:25 AM Caporus Technologies
1:00 PM Scott Hinson, Pecan Street
1:30 PM Erik Pavelka, Amazon
2:05 PM clearGRID
2:15 PM Envelio
2:25 PM Evolve Energy
2:35 PM PowerLines Pro
2:45 PM Solcast
2:55 PM TBD
3:10 PM Greg Reed, National Science Foundation
3:40 PM Peter Christenson, PNNL

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

10:30 AM Liz Thompson, EPIcenter
11:00 AM Daniel White, National Grid Parntners
  Dragon's Den, Top 8 start-ups present
1:35 PM Athena Power pitch
1:50 PM Electriphi pitch
2:05 PM idenergy
2:20 PM Jupiter Intelligence
2:35 PM LiveEO
2:50 PM Pacific Volt
3:05 PM Shifted Energy
3:20 PM Treverity
3:35 PM India/US Roundtable

Thursday, January 30, 2020

9:30 AM Panel- Plug & Play Tech Center
10:00 AM Awards


Daniel J. White

Director of Business Development
National Grid Partners

Debarshi Das

Director of Energy
Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI)

Joe Zerdin

Manager Large Distribution Customers

JoJo Hubbard

CEO & Co-Founder

Raj Chudgar

Demand Power Group Inc.

Ross Malme

Skipping Stone, LLC

Dr. Roberto Aiello

Managing Director, Itron Idea Labs
Itron Inc.