IEEE Power and Energy Society IEEE Power and Energy Society


Accelerating the adoption of grid edge technologies requires empowering innovative solutions capable of contributing to a more flexible, sustainable, and reliable electricity grid.

The Startup Pitch & Showcase at the NEW! IEEE PES Grid Edge Technologies Conference & Exposition will feature startups dedicated to advancing the next generation decentralized, distributed, and transactive power grid. There will be a  showcase that features these forward thinking solutions at the “startup alley” located on the Exhibition Floor and pitch from the Innovation Stage to hundreds of influential participants representing various aspects of the power and energy economy. We are excited to recognize the great work being done in this area during the closing ceremony on April 13, 2023.

  • Applications are now open! Complete the form below to apply.
  • Application to close January 30, 2023
  • Featured startups announced by February 15, 2023

Additional Benefits

In addition to receiving a recognition plaque, selected startups will also receive the following benefits:

  1. Opportunity to present on the Startup Stage located at the center of the Exhibit Hall during a “3-minute Lightning Speed Pitch” in front of hundreds of VCs, utilities and attendees.
  2. Opportunity to secure a showcase booth space in the “Startup Alley Area” of the Exhibit Hall for a discounted price of $2,000 (regular price is $3,200) which includes:
    • 10′ x 10′ Exhibit space for all two days of exhibition (April 12-13, 2023)
    • 2 Full access registrations (April 11-13, 2023)
    • Online company listing to include company logo, description, and product categories
    • Unlimited guest discounted registration passes at 30% off to invite clients and guests
    • Access to the Press List
    • Access to the VC List

BEcome a STARTUP STAGE Supporter

Don’t miss this opportunity to support innovative solutions shaping the future of the grid.

Startup Stage – Basic Supporter $6,000

Supporters Receive:

  • 4 Complementary Full Conference Registrations
  • Firm Name on conference Brochure & Website
  • Access to ALL Startup Applications

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Startup Stage – Premium supporter $18,000

Premium Supporters Receive:

  • 6 Complementary Full Conference Registrations
  • Firm Name on conference Brochure & Website
  • Access to ALL Startup Applications
  • Firm Name & Logo on a Banner at Innovation Stage Area
  • 30-min Stage Presentation
  • VIP Dinner & Reception with Utility/Industry Executives
  • Private Meeting Room w/coffee & refreshment provided (Wed. & Thurs.)

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Submission application

Pitch Showcase Overview

To be considered for the showcase, all ventures must be dedicated toward advancing the next generation power grid. Startups must be Pre-Seed/Seed stage for-profit ventures and have fewer than 50 FTEs.

  • Round I: 25 startups will be selected to participate in Round I pitch competition (3 minutes per pitch, no Q&A)
  • Round II: 5 finalists will be selected to participate in Round II pitch competition (10 minutes per pitch, 5 minutes for Q&A)
  • Competition Winners: Cash prize and the chance to participate in the 2023 Free Electron Program

Investor Support Packages

Supporter Rights

Tier III

Tier II

Tier I

Conference Attendance

Firm Name on Conference Brochure & Website

Access to ALL Startup Applications

Pitch Competition Judge & Investor Panel

Dinner & Reception with Select Industry Executives

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, April 12

10:00am – 11:00am

Coffee & Networking session

11:00am – 11:05am

Welcome Remarks

11:05am – 11:30am

Keynote Speaker

11:30am – 12:30pm

Round I Pitches (Part I)

12:30pm – 1:30pm

Break for Lunch

1:30pm – 3:00pm

Round I Pitches (Part II)

3:00pm – 4:30pm

Coffee Break (Judges Deliberate)

4:30pm – 5:00pm

Judges Announce Top 5 Finalists

Thursday, April 13

10:00am – 11:00am

Venture Panel

11:00am – 12:30pm

Round II Pitch Competition (Top 5 Finalists)

12:30pm – 1:30pm

Lunch Break

1:30pm – 3:00pm

Startup / Investor 1:1’s (Judges Deliberate)

3:00pm – 3:30pm

Judges Announce Winners