About

Creating a global community

Start Up Energy Transition (SET) is a leading international platform supporting innovation in energy transition. SET is implemented with the conviction that sustainable energy solutions and mitigating climate change is directly linked to a bridge between inventive business models and political will. Powered by the German Energy Agency (dena) in cooperation with the World Energy Council (WEC), our initiative connects start-ups, international venture capitalists & investors, and partners in the public sector. As a global platform, we link like-minded people from various fields to promote innovation and to make global energy transition a success.

The SET platform is comprised of the annual SET Award and SET Tech Festival. The SET Award is an international competition for start-ups and young companies worldwide who are working on ideas affecting global energy transition and climate change. There are six different categories applicants can present their projects in, all with the aim of clean energy promotion. The three most promising start-ups in each category will pitch their business ideas at our annual summit – the SET Tech Festival – which brings our impressive network together in the spring.

The Team

Leo Hille

Leo Hille

Project Management, Sponsoring

Leo is our leading project manager responsible for coordinating the entire Start Up Energy Transition initiative, along with Sponsor relations. He is keen about expanding our network and bringing the right people together.

leo@startup-energy-transition.com

Robert Schachtschneider

Robert Schachtschneider

Ambassadors and Jury

Robert is an expert on energy policy who coordinates our Jury & Ambassadors. His passion for the idea of Europe made him spend his academic and professional career in Ukraine, the Netherlands and France. He is also fond of travelling to far-flung places.

robert@startup-energy-transition.com

Alex Khripko

Alex Khripko

International Partnerships, Award

Alex is the in-house Canadian responsible for engaging and coordinating our Network Partners and Ambassadors. Her background lies in international public policy, with a particular passion for sustainable development and environmental governance.

alex@startup-energy-transition.com

Frederik Theiling

Frederik Theiling

Network Partners

Frederik is working as a student assistant. Before joining Start Up Energy Transition he worked on his own grassroots campaign and on an election campaign for the german Bundestag. He has a background in international affairs and the project fits his interest in energy policy, international cooperation and innovation.

theiling@dena.de

Kilian Crone

Kilian Crone

Communication

Kilian is working on project communications. After living abroad for a couple of years, he’s happy being part of this young and dynamic international team. The project also fits his passions about clean energy, innovation and economic development.

kilian@startup-energy-transition.com

Christian Huder

Christian Huder

Concept and Advisor, Innovation with Energy

Christian developed the concept for the Tech Festival and has worked with energy and cleantech start-ups for several years, focusing on funding and accelerating growth. He is currently part of the Innogy Innovation Hub, which builds new ventures.

christian@innergy.berlin

Andreas Kuhlmann

Andreas Kuhlmann

CEO dena

Andreas is the initiator of "Start Up Energy Transition" and CEO of the German Energy Agency (dena).