Start Up Energy Transition 2017
For one week in 2017, Berlin was the international hotspot for the global energy transition: The Start Up Energy Transition Tech Festival took place alongside the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue, an international conference, organized by the Federal Foreign Office and the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.
Visitors from all over the world met, connected and exchanged ideas about energy transition at our joint award ceremony and tech festival!
Award Winners 2017
BeeBryte - Building Energy Intelligence (France)
The Urban Energy Transition
BeeBryte is a cloud-based Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) that optimizes energy consumption by (i) maximizing self-consumption from onsite generation (e.g. Solar PV), (ii) capturing electricity price arbitrage opportunities, (iii) reducing demand charge and (iv) bringing services to the Grid.
Thermal Energy Service Solutions (TESSOL) Private Limited (India)
Mobility Meets Energy Transition
TESSOL’s Cold Storage and Transportation solutions are based on the award winning “Thermal Energy Storage” technology developed and patented by TESSOL. Their flagship range of PLUGnCHILL products provide an end to end solution for a sustainable Agricultural and Pharmaceutical Cold Chain.
Hydrogenious Technologies (Germany)
Cleantech Against Climate Change
Hydrogenious Technologies is a spin-off of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. Having completed the technological proof of concept for LOHC and a successful close of a Series A funding round, Hydrogenious Technologies is now backed with strong scientific, strategic and financial capacities to revolutionize large-scale energy and hydrogen storage.
ME SOLshare - Smart Peer-to-Peer Solar (Bangladesh)
Platforms & Communities
SOLshare targets Bangladeshi households and small businesses in densely populated off-grid villages. Its main activities are the design, management of manufacturing and sale of an innovative charge controller for Solar Homes Systems which manages interconnection between multiple users to a decentralised, low voltage DC micro-grid and facilitates electricity trade.
Future Production & Manufacturing
The objective of Sicoya is to help create a faster and more versatile internet by providing Silicon Photonics transceiver chips for optical intra-data center interconnects at low cost and with scalability for high volume mass production. The Sicoya solution consumes 4 times less energy than the State-of-the-art data centers.
Special Prize: “Start Up SDG7” (UN-target Sustainable Energy for All)
ColdHubs, is a “plug and play” modular, solar-powered walk-in cold room, for 24/7 off-grid storage and preservation of perishable foods. It adequately addresses the problem of post- harvest losses. Coldhubs offers farmers with a flexible pay-as-you-store subscription model.
Manager Virgin Earth Challenge
CEO of Verbund AG
Dr. Christoph Beier
Vice-Chair of the GIZ Management Board
Dr. Severin Beucker
Founder and Member of the Management Board at Borderstep Institute
Founder & CEO of Startup Buenos Aires
Senior Vice President Innovation & Business Transformation of Innogy
Head of Policy and Communications EMEA at Uber Technologies
Dr. Alex von Frankenberg
Managing Director of the High-Tech Gründerfonds
Managing Director of Germany Trade & Invest
Director General Energy at Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
Jan Michael Hess
Founder and CEO of Ecosummit
Managing Director of California Clean Energy Fund
CEO of Rocky Mountain Institute
Managing Director of Startupbootcamp Berlin
CEO of German Energy Agency dena
Dr. Katrin Leonhardt
Director at KfW
Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Lamia Messari-Becker
Member of The German Advisory Council on the Environment
Chairman of Munasinghe Institute for Development (MIND)
Dr. Rolf Nagel
Founder of Munich Venture Partners
Dr. Helmut Schönenberger
CEO of UnternehmerTUM
Chief Operating Officer of Sustainable Energy for All
Senior Fund Partner of Wermuth Asset Management GmbH
Dr.-Ing. Christoph Wolff
Managing Director at European Climate Foundation
Managing Partner of DWR eco
Industrial Advisor for EQT
Group Executive Director of Envision Energy
The Award 2017: 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.