Initiate!

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 ampcontrol.io
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

Judges

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
HydroOne

JoJo Hubbard

CEO & Co-Founder
Electron

Raj Chudgar

CEO
Demand Power Group Inc.

Ross Malme

Partner
Skipping Stone, LLC

Dr. Roberto Aiello

Managing Director, Itron Idea Labs
Itron Inc.