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 Pitch Competition at the NEW! IEEE PES Grid Edge Technologies Conference & Exposition will feature early stage startups dedicated to advancing the next generation decentralized, distributed, and transactive power grid. Selected finalists will be invited to pitch from the Innovation Stage to hundreds of corporate, venture and policy thought leaders.

Applications open October 1, 2022.

Pitch Competition Overview

To be considered for the competition, 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

BEcome a Pitch Competition Supporter

Don’t miss this opportunity to support innovative solutions shaping the future of the grid. Email [email protected] for details.

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