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Initiate is the essence of DISTRIBUTECH International®

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Initiate is the major hub for startups to showcase their technologies to electric utilities at DISTRIBUTECH International 2023. Startups can pitch their solution to a panel of industry experts, exhibit their company, and connect with other innovators from around the world. There is no better place for startup companies to connect with utilities and get their technology out into the world of T&D! 

Initiate 2023 Participants

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ALD Technical Solutions

ALD

Avista Edge

Avista

derapi

Derapi

Flex POWER

Flex Power

Froliq

Froliq

ICE Thermal Harvesting

ICE

iGEN Technologies, Inc.

iGEN

Ionate

IONATE

Last Wall

Lastwall Networks

NODES AS

Nodes As

Operant Networks

Operant

PowerTechs

Power Techs

ProsumerGrid

ProsumerGrid

Reneum Institute

reneum

Rhizome

Rhizome

Thingable!

thingable!

Universal Devices

Universal Devices

Water Lens

Water Lens

Initiate 2022 Winners

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Pitch

Each startup has the opportunity to pitch for 15 minutes in front of a judging panel of industry experts. 

Exhibit

Each startup will exhibit with their own branded kiosk. Initiate is the hub where attendees come for new technologies and ideas. 

Network

Enjoy meeting and networking with utilities from around the world.

Important Deadlines for Initiate 2023

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August 31, 2022 - Application opens

October 7, 2022 - Application closes

November 1, 2022 - All startups notified of acceptance status

February 7-9, 2023 - DISTRIBUTECH International in San Diego, CA

FAQs

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What kind of information is requested in the application?

  • We ask a variety of questions including questions on your solution/ product, funding, customers, and team. There is also a place to upload an optional pitch deck.

What will my company be graded on in order to be selected?

 

Traction 

No traction at all Soft traction (press coverage, social followership, etc…) Test users/pilot/convincing non-financial KPIs (downloads, pre-orders)/raised significant funding from investors Generating first revenues Generating significant revenues (operatively positive on a monthly basis) Sustainable profit (significant profit)
Team

Single founder, no team

Small team, not very experienced  

Complementary team with little experience Complementary team with significant experience

Experienced, complementary team including serial entrepreneur(s)

Experienced complementary team including serial entrepreneur with exit

Product No innovation, imitation of existing products and services Low innovation – localization of proved business models from abroad. Some innovation – incremental improvements of existing products and services Innovative new solution or business model addressing customer needs

Competitive technological innovation/advantage

Very strong innovation or protected IP
Market Market does not exist/no market need

Small market, well served by competitors or equally good substitutes

Large market, well served by competitors or equally good substitutes Attractive niche in small market with unique solution/position Attractive niche in large market with unique solution/position

Very large in mostly underserved market with the right offering

 

How much does it cost to participate in Initiate?

  • The total cost is $950 for startups who apply and are accepted into the program
  • The total cost is $1,500 for startups who would like to skip the application process and automatically be accepted into the program

What is included if I am selected to participate?

  • One (1) kiosk within the initiate pavilion on the show floor. Each kiosk will include:
    • Back wall with printed logo
    • Counter with locking cabinet
    • One (1) standard stool
    • One (1) electrical outlet
  • 15-minute pitch on the Initiate Stage
    • One person will have a total a 15-min to speak/present on their company to a panel of judges
    • Can include Q&A
    • Pitch deck/presentation visible on screen within the space
  • Branding including in the following locations
    • On the event website
    • On the mobile app
    • Within the printed event guide
    • On social media
  • One (1) full conference pass ($1,065 value). This includes:
    • Access to the keynote
    • Access to the conference sessions
    • Access to the trade show floor
    • Lunch on Tuesday and Wednesday
    • Access to all networking events including the opening reception and networking event
  • Two (2) exhibit hall passes ($570 value). This includes:
    • Access to the keynote
    • Access to the trade show floor
    • Lunch on Tuesday and Wednesday
    • Access to all networking events including the opening reception and networking event

What is not included if I am selected to participate?

  • Internet
  • Monitor
  • Extra seating

What is the benefit of participating in the Initiate program vs. purchasing a booth?

  • You will receive much more publicity in the Initiate program and the cost is much lower than a traditional booth ($950 vs. ~$5,000). We encourage the participating startups to choose one or the other.

Is there a prize if our company is one of the top three startups?

  • While there is not a cash prize, the top three startups will receive: 
    • A physical award to display
    • An interview with one of Clarion’s content directors
    • A press release on DISTRIBUTECH’s media brand
    • A free 10x10 booth at DISTRIBUTECH 2024

Initiate Committee Members

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