A global innovation platform supporting innovation in energy transition

Start-ups and innovation are playing a crucial role in our net zero future. That is why we want to give a voice to the innovators of tomorrow to ensure that decision makers place innovation in energy at the top of their agendas, while industry leaders employ innovation as the clear path to their decarbonisation goals.

Start Up Energy Transition (SET) is implemented with the conviction that a sustainable future is directly linked to innovative business models and political will. The SET platform is powered by the German Energy Agency (dena), in cooperation with the World Energy Council (WEC).

At its core, the SET platform is built on three pillars: the SET Award, the SET Tech Festival, and the SET Newsroom.

SET Award

The Start Up Energy Transition Award is an international competition for start-ups and young companies worldwide who are working on ideas affecting global energy transition and climate change. In the last five years, the award has received more than 2,300 applications from 102 countries. SET is powered by the German Energy Agency (dena), in cooperation with the World Energy Council.


Applications for the SET Award 2022 are now open! Check out this years’ categories here, along with the prizes and criteria here.

SET Tech Festival

A one-day event bringing together innovators shaping the future of energy: the best start-ups in the field of energy solutions, innovation-driven corporates, investors, and public organisations leading the energy transition.

SET Newsroom

SET produces unique content featuring news from the energy world, the successes and challenges of SET start-ups and other trending topics valuable to our network.

We have partnered up with StartupTV to provide you with a one-stop-shop for energy transition videos and interviews. Check them out and follow us on social media to stay tuned!