Award

Facts & Figures

500+ Applications

66 Countries

100+ Applicants for SDG7

Jury

Wolfgang Anzengruber

Wolfgang Anzengruber

CEO of Verbund AG

Dr. Christoph Beier

Dr. Christoph Beier

Vice-Chair of the GIZ Management Board

Dr. Severin Beucker

Dr. Severin Beucker

Founder and Member of the Management Board at Borderstep Institute

Lisa Besserman

Lisa Besserman

Founder & CEO of Startup Buenos Aires

Thomas Birr

Thomas Birr

Senior Vice President Innovation & Business Transformation of Innogy

Christopher Burghardt

Christopher Burghardt

Head of Policy and Communications EMEA at Uber Technologies

Dr. Alex von Frankenberg

Dr. Alex von Frankenberg

Managing Director of the High-Tech Gründerfonds

Achim Hartig

Achim Hartig

Managing Director of Germany Trade & Invest

Thorsten Herdan

Thorsten Herdan

Director General Energy at Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

Jan Michael Hess

Jan Michael Hess

Founder and CEO of Ecosummit

Danny Kennedy

Danny Kennedy

Managing Director of California Clean Energy Fund

Jules Kortenhorst

Jules Kortenhorst

CEO of Rocky Mountain Institute

Tanja Kufner

Tanja Kufner

Managing Director of Startupbootcamp Berlin

Andreas Kuhlmann

Andreas Kuhlmann

CEO of German Energy Agency dena

Dr. Katrin Leonhardt

Dr. Katrin Leonhardt

Director at KfW

Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Lamia Messari-Becker

Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Lamia Messari-Becker

Member of The German Advisory Council on the Environment

Mohan Munasinghe

Mohan Munasinghe

Chairman of Munasinghe Institute for Development (MIND)

Dr. Rolf Nagel

Dr. Rolf Nagel

Founder of Munich Venture Partners

Dr. Helmut Schönenberger

Dr. Helmut Schönenberger

CEO of UnternehmerTUM

Dr.-Ing. Christoph Wolff

Dr.-Ing. Christoph Wolff

Managing Director at European Climate Foundation

Jochen Wermuth

Jochen Wermuth

Senior Fund Partner of Wermuth Asset Management GmbH

David Wortmann

David Wortmann

Managing Partner of DWR eco

Ewald Woste

Ewald Woste

Industrial Advisor for EQT

Felix Zhang

Felix Zhang

Group Executive Director of Envision Energy

The Award: Five categories and a Special Prize

The Start Up Energy Transition Award is a facilitator linking start-ups, non-profits, corporates, investors & venture capitalists and the public sector. Showcase your innovations in 5 categories plus 1 Special Prize:

  • The Urban Energy Transition
    What ideas and business models can help make the urban energy transition happen? How can the dynamic innovation activity around building technology best be harnessed?
  • Mobility meets Energy Transition
    An enormous amount of CO2 emissions comes down to traffic in both urban and rural areas. New ideas and tech is needed to reduce the negative impacts of transport.
  • Cleantech against Climate Change
    Cleantech is doing more with less. It’s about decreasing costs, waste, pollution and the use of resources. Which innovative services and technologies can make that happen? Which technologies will help us reduce greenhouse gas emissions?
  • Platforms and Communities
    Can we make the energy system of the future sustainable but also more efficient and cost-effective then it is today? New technologies come onto the scene to reduce costs and make contracts smart.
  • Future Production & Manufacturing
    The Internet of Things will mean plenty of new services and enable opportunities for smart technical infrastructure that saves energy and harnesses fluctuating energy generation levels.
  • Special Prize: “Start Up SDG7” (UN-target Sustainable Energy for All)
    Energy shortage is a huge problem worldwide. An estimated 1.2 billion people do not have access to electricity. In the future they will, and their energy supply should be sustainably produced. That is the aim of SDG 7 (SDG “sustainable development goals”). We know there are many start-ups working on brilliant ideas in this field. We believe really great solutions in this area deserve a special prize.

The Award Criteria

Your startup or project is:

  • working on energy transition
  • was not founded longer than 5 Years ago (10 years in Cleantech category)
  • can present a product or a prototype

You or your founders or partners are:

  • intrinsically motivated
  • real changemakers
  • profit-oriented! But not solely...

Why participate?

  • Special Prize: “Start Up SDG7” - Sustainable Future for All – is hosted by our partner GIZ. A package worth 20 000 € will be dedicated for three nominees. Furthermore, additional start-ups will be chosen by GIZ to join our Tech Festival in march 2017 with full accommodation and a special workshop on “boosting innovation in emerging economies”.
  • Be part of the global Start Up Energy Transition Network and have exclusive access to partners such as Envision, KfW, Innogy, GIZ, hub:raum, German Accellerator, High-Tech Gründerfonds and more than 70 other partners worldwide.
  • Berlin calling: We invite the 3 most promising start-ups in each category for a fully accomodated trip to the Start Up Energy Transition Tech Festival in Berlin.
  • Show the world that your vision and business model will help figh climate change: The 6 winners of the categories will have an active role at the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue.
  • Get access to international venture capitalists & investors, industry partners and start-ups.
  • Win 5-digit prize money in each of the 5 categories. Sponsors are invited to contribute prizes to any of the categories.
  • Professional coaching by Innogy for all of the 18 finalists.
  • An international high level jury will get to know your start-up while evaluating your application.
  • Present your start-up at the Start Up Energy Transition Tech Festival.

Timeline

December 2nd, 2016

Applications open

January 31st, 2017

Applications close

March 20th, 2017

Award ceremony &
Tech Festival