Energy Innovation Challenge

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What is Initiate?

Initiate! is a startup programme dedicated to profiling promising innovators in the power and energy sector. Startups come from around the world to share their strategy to an audience of potential buyers, investors and business partners. The rewards of participation are international recognition and industry connections to assist in business development.

Indonesian Energy Innovation Challenge

The urgency of an energy transition in Southeast Asia is evident and its development still ongoing. The next-generation entrepreneurs and talent are around the corner and ready to make an impact by contributing to the energy transition with breakthrough innovations.

The Indonesian Energy Innovation Challenge is founded by Energy Investment Management BV ( With energy transition expertise and investment management activities, Energy Investment Management BV will join forces with Initiate’s profiling program to stimulate innovation for Indonesian energy transition. The event provides entrepreneurs and students with a platform to share their ideas and solutions, realize new connections and allows the start of new collaborations..


Impress our Jury and Stand a Chance to Speak in Enlit Asia!

The winner will receive exclusive mentorship and access to the network from Energy Investment BV. As part of this exciting initiative, we are also offering complimentary speaking opportunities to the Winner and Selected Finalists for you to share your product and innovative solution in the Initiate’s Conference Programme at Enlit Asia 2021 (Live Event) held in Jakarta. The Winner will also be presented an award at the  Grand Awards Ceremony at Enlit Asia 2021.

Who should join?

  • Early stage or new businesses offering technology or services that improve energy services whether used by the utility sector, vendors, or customers.
  • Entrepreneurs and Startups
  • Students and Young Energy Professionals
  • Innovators and Accelerators
  • Businesses with New Innovation and Technology with the focus on Power Generation; Renewable Integration; Solar & Storage; Customer Platforms; Workforce Management; Geospatial Services; Microgrid Systems; Blockchain Applications; Smart City Electrification; Electric Vehicle Charging; and, Energy Efficiency Building Services.



This form will ultimately be submitted to the judges to help with their assessment.

  • The deadline is now extended to 23 October 2020.
  • All applications must be submitted in English.
  • It is not required that a start-up be incorporated, but a company must normally be incorporated within 5 years to compete.
  • We do permit worthy exceptions based upon new product development.

Impact Solution Pitches

This category is for participants without established enterprise to propose innovative ideas about how to achieve the effective energy transition. It gives the spotlight to energy professionals and students to present the energy transition challenges and potential solutions. The participating teams will identify and discuss the challenges in the Indonesian energy transition, map the relevant ecosystem partners and their solution(s) to these challenges.

Start-up Pitches

This category gives the floor to energy start-ups, entrepreneurs and public-sector innovators to present their solutions and ideas. Participants with developed or developing product/service can apply for this challenge for the chance to pitch their innovative solution. This pitching competition will be evaluated by a jury of professionals from within the energy sector.

Timeline of the Challenge

9th September 2020                  

Opening Registration

23rd October 2020

Closing Registration

25th October 2020

Finalists Announcement

10th November 2020

Finalists Pitching Day and QnA from Jury

10th/11th November 2020



Are you an entrepreneur or student with an idea for a new innovative clean renewable energy technology? And ready for a challenge?
Apply for the Energy Innovation Challenge 2020 here.

For more information on this challenge, or contact or

In Collaboration With:

Energy Investment Management

Sponsors & Partners