SET Award

The 7th round of the SET Award is open for applications. Apply now to become one of the 15 top energy start-ups of 2023!

Jaza team on stage at the SET Award Ceremony 2022 while receiving the SET Award Prize in the category Clean Energy Access & SDG7

Win public recognition and lifetime opportunities

The Start Up Energy Transition Award (SET) is an international competition for start-ups worldwide who are working on ideas affecting the global energy transition and climate change. In the last six years, the award has received more than 2,700 applications from over 100 countries.

Let this be a testament to the rise of innovation for the energy transition worldwide!

The applications for the SET Award 2023 are now open.

Award categories 2023

Clean Energy & Storage

Generating, storing and distributing renewable energy is central to the energy transition. This category focusses on start-ups decarbonising our most energy-intensive sectors and accelerating the adoption of new solutions.

Mobility & Transportation

Transportation and mobility continue to be one of the most essential but energy-intensive sectors. This category rewards creative solutions that span the large and the physical to the virtual and the digital.

Industry

Industry emits 33% of GHG emissions and uses 38% of global energy. Innovation here is one of the most important ways to decarbonise. A new category for 2023, could your start-up be the game-changer?

Buildings & Construction

The built environment accounts for 30% of global energy usage through construction, materials or just through temperature management. New for 2023, this rewards those creating comfortable, cost-effective, energy-efficient buildings of the future.

Quality Energy Access & SDG-7

This category rewards start-ups working with and empowering the communities that are most impacted by climate change. Innovations focused on positive social impact will score big here.

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Timeline 2023

1 November, 2022 – 16 January, 2023 Now

SET23 application round running

The seventh round of the SET Award is launched and will run until the 16 January 2023. After this date, no application will be accepted. Apply now!

The seventh round of the SET Award is launched and will run until the 16 January 2023. After this date, no application will be accepted. Apply now!

17 January – 16 February, 2023

Start-ups rating

Our evaluation partner rates the applications and determine the qualified applications that will be sent to the judges for final review. After that, the jury reviews the applications to select the best 100 start-ups of 2023 for the SET100 list 2023.

Our evaluation partner rates the applications and determine the qualified applications that will be sent to the judges for final review. After that, the jury reviews the applications to select the best 100 start-ups of 2023 for the SET100 list 2023.

17 February, 2023

SET100 & finalists revealed

The SET100 list with the best 100 energy start-ups of 2023 is released and the three finalists of each category are announced.

The SET100 list with the best 100 energy start-ups of 2023 is released and the three finalists of each category are announced.

28 March, 2023

Winners announcement

The finalists come to Berlin and meet the jury at the jury meeting to present their innovation. On the day after, the pitch their solution at the SET Tech Festival and Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue on 28 March 2023. In the evening, the winners of each category are announced at the SET Award Ceremony 2023.

The finalists come to Berlin and meet the jury at the jury meeting to present their innovation. On the day after, the pitch their solution at the SET Tech Festival and Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue on 28 March 2023. In the evening, the winners of each category are announced at the SET Award Ceremony 2023.

Prizes

Winner of category

  • €10 000 Prize money per winner

  • Profile of start-up celebrated across the World Energy Council’s global energy network in 99 countries

  • Opportunity to attend the World Energy Leaders’ Summit

  • Extra visibility and PR

  • Speaking slot at the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2023

Finalists

  • Round trip flights to and from Berlin, and accommodation for 2 representatives of the start-up to attend the SET Tech Festival and Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue

  • Connect with a C-level jury

  • Booth at the SET Tech Festival

  • Live pitches at the SET Tech Festival

  • Feature in the “Energy Frontrunners” series

  • Access to exclusive partner events globally

SET100

  • Feature in our annual SET100 list publication, which is circulated to investors, corporates, and political stakeholders across the globe

  • Free tickets to the SET Tech Festival 2023

  • Free tickets to the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue (BETD) 2023

  • Content creation: interviews & articles

  • Access to exclusive partner events globally

All participants

  • Inform and influence policies that will boost innovation

  • Have your voice heard and participate in the World Energy Survey

  • Winner of category

    • €10 000 Prize money per winner

    • Profile of start-up celebrated across the World Energy Council’s global energy network in 99 countries

    • Opportunity to attend the World Energy Leaders’ Summit

    • Extra visibility and PR

    • Speaking slot at the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2023

  • Finalists

    • Round trip flights to and from Berlin, and accommodation for 2 representatives of the start-up to attend the SET Tech Festival and Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue

    • Connect with a C-level jury

    • Booth at the SET Tech Festival

    • Live pitches at the SET Tech Festival

    • Feature in the “Energy Frontrunners” series

    • Access to exclusive partner events globally

  • SET100

    • Feature in our annual SET100 list publication, which is circulated to investors, corporates, and political stakeholders across the globe

    • Free tickets to the SET Tech Festival 2023

    • Free tickets to the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue (BETD) 2023

    • Content creation: interviews & articles

    • Access to exclusive partner events globally

  • All participants

    • Inform and influence policies that will boost innovation

    • Have your voice heard and participate in the World Energy Survey

Interested?

Learn about the criteria!

We welcome all energy and mobility start-ups falling under our criteria. Please note, applicants may only apply to one category and all subsequent applications to other categories will be disqualified. Previous applicants from other years are welcome to apply again!

  1. 1

    Founding year: The start-up must not have been founded longer than ten years ago. In other words, the date of foundation cannot exceed 2012

  2. 2

    Application language: As SET is a global competition with an international jury, the application, including any attached documents, must be in English

  3. 3

    Company registration: The start-up applying must be registered, or be in the process of becoming registered

  4. 4

    Technology readiness level: The start-up must be able to present a functioning prototype and a proof of concept or a client, and/or an industrial/corporate/institutional partner

  5. 5

    Completed form: The applicant must fill out the entire form. Partially completed applications will not be accepted

Terms & conditions

Download the official conditions and legal terms for taking part in the competition.

Terms & conditions (PDF)

‘’The SET Award gave us a significant boost of visibility and credibility. It was an exciting journey for us!’’

Enerbrain, SET Award 2020 Winner

A jury of global energy leaders

Start Up Energy Transition has set up an interdisciplinary and international jury of world-class experts in energy business, finance, and technology to select the best start-ups in each category.

SET Award 2022 jury at the jury meeting in Berlin
Source: dena / Silke Reents

Andreas Kuhlmann

CEO, German Energy Agency dena

Andreas Kuhlmann was appointed dena’s Chief Executive in July 2015. Among others, the graduate physicist has held positions at the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW), the German Embassy in Stockholm and the European Parliament, the German Parliament and the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs. He worked as a consultant and office manager at various political organisations and establishments, including the Environmental Committee of the European Parliament, followed by the SPD party, the SPD parliamentary group and the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs

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Angela Wilkinson

Dr. Angela Wilkinson

Secretary General and CEO, World Energy Council

Angela is one of the world’s leading global energy futures experts, an experienced energy executive, a distinguished Oxford scholar and a published author. She has 30 years of experience in leading national, international and global multi-stakeholder transformation initiatives on a wide range of economic, energy, climate and sustainable development related challenges. Angela has worked as a senior executive in the public-, private-, academic- and civic sectors. She joined the World Energy Council in 2017 to create a practical energy transition leaders toolkit and direct a new strategic insights programme. Prior to that Angela led an upgrade in strategic foresight at the OECD, based in Paris. Prior corporate experience includes decades in Royal Dutch Shell and British Gas plc. Angela is an Associate Fellow, Said Business School, Oxford and a Strategic Foresight Fellow of the GOA, USA. She sits on two international advisory boards (HSE, Russia; ECI, Oxford) and is a Fellow of the World Academy of Arts and Science. She has published four books and numerous articles. Angela has a PhD in Physics.

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Dr. Christoph Wolff

Dr. Christoph Wolff

Director Green Hydrogen, ACME Cleantech Group and Professor, University of St. Gallen

A mechanical engineer by training Christoph was Senior Partner at McKinsey for 16 years, heading the global work in logistics and infrastructure. In the last 8 years as Member of the Executive Committee of the World Economic Forum and as Managing Director of European Climate Foundation, he engaged in net-zero transformation in energy and mobility. Before, as Board member of DB Schenker, he was responsible for the international growth and operations of the company´s rail division. He has been the CEO of companies in the renewable energy sector, namely Novatec/ABB GmbH and Solar Millennium AG. Christoph is on the board of several new energy start-ups and faculty at the University of St. Gallen, Institute of Mobility, and the Institute for Energy Economics at University of Cologne.

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Dr. Antje Danielson

Dr. Antje Danielson

Director of Education, MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI)

Antje Danielson joined MIT in April 2016 after 8 years at Tufts University where she directed the Institute of the Environment and was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health. She was elected President of the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors in 2012, and holds a number of board positions. Antje received awards from Harvard University and an Exceptional Contribution Award from Durham University. In 1999/2000 she co-founded the car-sharing company Zipcar.

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Ulrich Seitz

Managing Director, BayWa r.e. Energy Ventures

Working in cleantech and sustainability for more than 10 years as managing director, advisor and entrepreneur to push innovation where it is strongly needed. COVID-19 as a major threat for our health and economy will vanish, CLIMATE CHANGE and it’s various disastrous facets will stay an ongoing challenge. A main pillar in the fight against it, is the transformation of the energy system through innovations. To find, support and develop them is my purpose as managing director of BayWa r.e. Energy Ventures – the venture capital holding of BayWa r.e. AG

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Javiera Aldunate

Javiera Aldunate

Head of the International Office of the Chilean Ministry of Energy

Javiera Aldunate is the Head of the International Office of the Chilean Ministry of Energy, which is responsible for strategically promote the country’s position in the energy field, by fostering instances of relationship, agreements and multinational collaboration, as well as to prepare and develop the exchange of experiences, policies and programs together with other countries. Previously, she served as the Executive Director of the World Energy Council Chile, a global non-profit association that promotes dialogue in order to encourage sustainable energy development and build value proposals for organizations. She is also creator of the leadership development program, Women in Energy-Chile and a mentor in WoomUp and Comunidad Mujer, networks that foster women’s professional growth. She is a Designer from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, has an MBA from Universidad del Desarrollo and has realized training programs at Stanford University and Babson College. She has extensive experience in creative strategy development, interdisciplinary project management and user-centered projects. She has also taught for over 15 years in the area of design methodology and social innovation.

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David Addison

David Addison

Climate, Innovation, Purpose & Sustainability, Virgin Group

David Addison works for the Virgin Group on climate action, innovation, purpose and sustainability with a specialist focus on closing the carbon cycle and carbon removal in particular. For more than 8 years he managed the Virgin Earth Challenge: Sir Richard Branson’s USD $25 million innovation prize for scalable and sustainable ways of removing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere and permanently sequestering them. He is a co-founder of the non-profit UK-based Carbon Removal Centre; an advisor to Nori – creating a new and better way for anyone in the world to buy carbon removals on a shared mission to reverse climate change; served as an advisor to the NGO Carbon180 since its inception; and was part of the community of advisors to the New York Times Best Seller: Drawdown: the most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming. David also volunteers in an advisory role to ClimateScience – making learning about climate change accessible and fun for all; and was formerly Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for Student Energy: a global charity inspiring the next generation of leaders to unlock a sustainable energy future.

 

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Julia Padberg

Investment Manager, SET Ventures

Julia Padberg is Partner at SET Ventures, the Amsterdam-based climate VC fund that has invested since 2007 in European technology companies that impact the future of energy. Julia joined the team six years ago after six years of working as a corporate finance advisor in the energy & green tech sectors. She serves on the supervisory boards of DEPsys, FlexiDAO, Trunkrs and Sensorfact.

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Loic Tilman

Loïc Tilman

Head of Group Innovation, Elia Group

Loïc is Head of Group Innovation at Elia Group, composed of 2 Transmission System Operators: 50Hertz in Germany and Elia in Belgium. In the group, the innovation team is leading the exploration, testing and validation of new technologies in order to improve efficiency, flexibility and safety of the TSO activities or to increase the participation of decentralized flexibility asset to the market. As an intrapreneur, he set the internal incubator, supported the launch of new venture and now focuses on shaping digital transformation of the group. In the past 10 year he developed energy understanding, starting with the trading team of EDF Belgian subsidiary then supporting utilities around the globe while working at McKinsey. Loïc Tilman holds a master degree in electro-mechanical civil engineering from the Liège University and a master degree in general management from the Louvain School of Management (Belgium).

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Tina Schirr

Tina Schirr

Executive Director, BusinessNZ Energy Council

Tina Schirr is the Executive Director of the BusinessNZ Energy Council (the New Zealand representative of the World Energy Council). In her role she is shaping policy on matters relating to climate change, energy, transport, and innovation. She is a member of the Transpower Consumer Advisory Panel to help communities better understand energy. Tina a board member of the Young Energy Professional Network (YEPN) and part of the World Energy Council’s expert groups (for example on clean fuels and energy trilemma). She recently joint the start-up competition jury ‘Get in the Ring’. Due to her passion for entrepreneurism, she is always looking out for the next game-changer in the energy sector.

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Felix Krause

Felix Krause

Partner, vireo Ventures

Felix is an active Business Angel as well as Start-up Advisor and Coach for Clean-tech, Mobility & Smart City companies. For the last four years, Felix worked as an Investment Partner at innogy Ventures, the venture capital arm of one of Europe’s largest utility companies. At innogy Ventures, he had the end-to-end investment responsibility for early to growth stage investments in North America, Europe and Israel for the investment fields Future Energy, Smart City and Mobility. Additionally, he led the “Future of Cities” investment segment (Mobility, Smart City and PropTech) for the expanded innogy Innovation Hub (60+ investments and €162m under management). Besides his various board roles, he regularly provided post-transaction support to innogy’s portfolio companies in the form of B2B sales and marketing training sessions as well as preparation for and support during follow-on financing rounds. Overall, he has been part of the startup scene for more than 10 years, founding two companies himself, leading the European expansion of a US startup as MD, and supporting founders as consultant, interim manager, trainer and mentor. He holds a MSc in International Business Studies from University of Maastricht.

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Solmaz Moshiri

Solmaz Moshiri

Senior Commercial Manager Proposals, SSE Distributed Energy Solutions

Solmaz is a senior commercial manager at SSE Distributed Energy Solutions. She has been working in the UK low carbon electricity sector for over 10 years, in the areas of Innovation, technology development & commercialization, and venture capital within Utilities and Start-ups.

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Aneri Pradham

Aneri Pradhan

Chief Operating Officer, New Energy Nexus

Aneri is an award-winning climate & clean energy ecosystem builder. She founded and built the largest energy access accelerator in Africa called ENVenture that was acquired by New Energy Nexus, and now serves as Nexus’s Chief Operating Officer. She also serves as Board Director for Rural Spark, a Dutch off-grid solar company, and as a Venture Partner for Prithvi Ventures, Alumni Ventures, and Republic.

Aneri has been recognized as Renewable Energy World’s Top 40 under 40 in solar, 2021 Ashden Awards winner for Energy Access Innovation, Nasdaq Milestone Maker, an American Express Emerging Innovator, Cordes Fellow, and member of the Forbes Nonprofit Council. She has a Masters in Environment & Development from the London School of Economics and a Bachelors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Petra Sokolova

Petra Sokolova

Investment Manager, Inven Capital

Petra Sokolova is Investment manager and founding member of INVEN CAPITAL – a $500M Prague based VC fund focused on later-stage energy & sustainability investments in Europe & Israel (This is our team and our dream). She is responsible for deal sourcing, due dilligence process and portfolio value enhancement. She has served as Observer on the Supervisory Boards of sonnen, forto, Neuron Soundware. She lives in Luzern, Switzerland.

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Andrew Mack

Andrew Mack

CEO, Octopus Energy Germany

Andrew Mack is the CEO of Octopus Energy Germany. A British native, he founded an energy startup in 2016 that became part of global EnertTech player Octopus Energy in 2019. Prior to that, he spent several years as chief strategist at British utility OVO Energy and was a director at Boston Consulting Group. He studied engineering, economics and management at Oxford University and holds an MBA from INSEAD. As an energy expert, he advocates for decarbonisation and consumer protection in the field of energy politics.

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Jane Wu

Jane Wu

Managing Director, Venture Cup China

Jane is the Managing Director for Venture Cup China which is an international Innovation and Entrepreneurship Service Platform based in Shanghai. It specializes in global competition, talents attraction and STI transformation primarily in Green & Sustainable Technology. The current operating projects include University Startup World Cup and Nordic Innovation Centre (Shanghai). She is also the Executive Secretary General for World Young Scientist Summit as an academic event held once a year for the world young talents. The summit is jointly sponsored by the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST) and the People’s Government of Zhejiang Province. It highlights the importance of integrating science with industries, venture capitals, arts and other societal endeavors as well as encourages multidisciplinary innovation among young scientist. Before returning to her hometown, she has over ten years international management experiences in USA, Europe and Hongkong.

 

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David Wortmann

CEO & Founder, DWR eco

David Wortmann is the owner and managing director of the consulting agency DWR eco GmbH. He has extensive expertise in fields of business development, public affairs, public relations and strategic consulting in environmental technologies, renewable energy and sustainable development. Wortmann started working in the field of clean tech and renewable energies back in 2000 and is well connected across various sectors of the industry worldwide. He started out working for major protagonists of the energy transition such as Hermann Scheer and supported the creation of the World Council for Renewable Energy (WCRE) in the role as Director of International Policy Affairs. For the governments Industrial Investment Council he served as Head of Asia based in Tokyo and later for the Germany Trade and Invest (GTAI) as Head of the Energy and Environmental Technology Department. Before establishing DWR eco, Wortmann was the vice president of public affairs for the EU for First Solar. In this capacity he was responsible for the expansion of the production facility in Germany, as well as important pieces of energy legislation.

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Livia Toth

Livia Toth

Ventures Director, Plug and Play Hamburg

Livia Toth is the Ventures Director for Plug and Play’s European Headquarter for Supply Chain and Logistics in Hamburg, where she oversees all investment and sourcing activities. Before joining the Hamburg team, Livia was responsible for a wide array of ventures related activities for Plug and Play’s Sports platform with adidas, Safetytech program with Lloyd’s, as well as the Mobility platform with Daimler and 30 other corporations in Stuttgart. Notable investments include; Waku Robotics, Recogni, AX Semantics, GuardKnox, and Processgold. Before joining Plug and Play, Livia founded one of the most popular internet portals in Slovakia, engaged in local politics, and got her Masters Degree in Law.

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Jose Antonio Vargas Lleras

Jose Antonio Vargas Lleras

President of Codensa and Chair of Programme Committee, World Energy Council

Dr Vargas has been Chairman of the Energy Commission for Regional Integration (CIER) and has held several managerial positions in many companies in the electric sector. Before joining CODENSA in 2006 he held the post of CEO of the Bogota Power Company. Professionally trained as a lawyer, and also a university professor, Mr Vargas Lleras has served as an Ambassador to the European Union and the Permanent Representative of Colombia to the World Customs Organisation.

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Molly Webb

Molly Webb

Founder and CEO, Energy Unlocked

Molly has 17 years of experience in technology startups, environment, energy and innovation policy. She is currently working on a number of projects to advance technology and policy for transactive energy, co-founding the FLEX Network, a digital token that pays devices to consume clean power, and leading on governance for LO3 Energy’s Exergy project, a blockchain platform and token for accelerating access to grid edge energy data. She founded an international organization, Energy Unlocked, in 2015 at COP21 to accelerate the pace of global energy system transitions, an organization that runs initiatives to support innovators in shaping energy market design.

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Woste, Ewald

Ewald Woste

Co-Founder and CEO, NeXtWind

Mr. Woste has more than 30 years of experience in the German energy industry in various executive, supervisory board and advisory roles for corporates, private equity firms and industry associations. Ewald Woste is a co-founder of NeXtWind as well as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NeXtWind Management GmbH and Member of the Board of NeXtWind Capital Ltd.. He holds positions as a member of the Supervisory Board of several energy companies in Germany and Austria, including E.ON SE, and as a senior advisor to the Swedish private equity firm EQT. Previously, Mr. Woste also held positions as President of BDEW (German Association of Energy and Water Industries) as well as senior advisor to Macquarie (MIRA) and Chairman of the Management Committee at Re-Wind. He served as the CEO of municipal utility companies Mainova AG in Frankfurt and Thüga AG in Munich where he gained significant market and management expertise during many years at the helm of leading German energy players. Mr. Woste has a University Degree in Business Administration from the University of Paderborn, Germany.

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Kendra Rauschenberger

Kendra Rauschenberger

General Partner, Siemens Energy Ventures

Kendra Rauschenberger is General Partner at Siemens Energy Ventures, the venture arm of Siemens Energy, focused on building, piloting with and investing in startups that can provide sustainable, affordable and reliable energy to the world.

Kendra has worked for Siemens companies for more than 20 years and has extensive experience in the areas of sales, business development and strategic projects across innovation and renewable energy. Her previous role was in Additive Manufacturing, one of Siemens’ key innovative technologies, where she was Head of Business Development, Sales and Marketing and responsible for developing new business for this exciting technology with global customers across multiple industries. Prior to this she worked in the UK and Denmark for the company now known as Siemens Gamesa in various management roles including Head of Sales, Bids and Strategic projects.

Kendra also holds an MBA in New Venture Creation from the University of Louisville and is located in Erlangen, Germany.

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Greg Zavorotniy

Greg Zavorotniy

Investment Director, BayWa r.e. Energy Ventures

Greg has over 15 years of principal investment, operating and investment banking experience across energy, natural resources and technology sectors. He started his career with Citigroup in New York and Deutsche Bank in London, advising companies on M&A and equity financings in the US and Europe. Greg has also spent a big part of his career in emerging and frontier markets and was a Director at a family office with a portfolio of assets in Africa. He has been an angel investor and part of founding teams at several early stage technology start ups. Greg holds an M.A. degree in Statistics from Columbia University.

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Sarah Röhm

Strategic Venture Capital Manager, Deutsche Telekom Capital Partners

DTCP is an investment management group with $1.7 billion in assets under management from corporate and institutional investors and provides venture capital and private equity to the technology, media, and telecommunication sectors. It operates and invests in Europe, North America, and Asia with offices in Hamburg, San Francisco, Tel Aviv, and Seoul.

Previously Sarah Röhm worked at the European early-stage VC Capnamic Ventures; in Tech Consulting focusing on digital transformation projects across Europe as well as in the Renewable Energy Industry during her time living in Shanghai. Sarah holds a M.Sc. in Strategy & Digital Business from ESCP Business School.

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Rokas Peciulaitis

Rokas Peciulaitis

Founding & Managing Partner, Contrarian Ventures

Rokas Peciulaitis is a Founder and Managing Partner at Contrarian Ventures. Before Contrarian Ventures he was an inflation and exotic derivatives trader at Bank of America Merrill Lynch based in London. He is also a Chairman of the Lithuanian Venture Capital Association and a board member of the non-profit organization Vilnius Marathon. His alma maters are: University of Glasgow (M.A. in Economics), University California Santa Barbara and he also completed PE and VC executive programme at Harvard Business School. He is a Kauffman Fellow (Class 25). Rokas is also a founder of Energy Tech Summit and Climate 50. Rokas is also a founder and host of Alternative Investment Forum – the biggest institutional investors event in the Baltics. Rokas also sits on the board of directors of Lithuanian Venture Capital Association, a non-profit organization Vilnius Marathon and Kurk Lietuvai Alumni association. Rokas graduated from the University of Glasgow with an M.A. in Economics and spent a year in University California Santa Barbara.

 

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Dr. Rolf Nagel

Dr. Rolf Nagel

Founder, Munich Venture Partners

Prior to co-founding MVP together with Walter Grassl, Rolf Nagel was a Partner at Star Ventures, in Munich and Tel Aviv. In this position he contributed to numerous successful business development projects and exits such as for Capstone Microturbines Inc. (CPST), Ciena Communications Inc. (CIEN), or iloxx (acquired by DPE GmbH). Prior to Star Ventures Rolf was in the private equity division of the Deutsche Bank Group and a CEO of Vialog GmbH (acquired b¬y Walter AG). Rolf was Member of the Governing Board of the EIT European Institute of Innovation and Technology, which is a body of the European Commission. Dr. Nagel holds a PhD in Economics from Cologne and an MBA (Dipl.-Kfm.) from WHU Koblenz.

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Dominik Lang

Dominik Lang

Business Developer, Stadtwerke Düsseldorf

Dominik is a Business Developer at Stadtwerke Düsseldorf, the utility company for one of Germany’s biggest cities. He is responsible for the development and realization of innovative business models which positively impacts the urban climate neutrality. As a member of the Young Energy Professionals network, he also supports and represents the World Energy Council Germany. Within the last 5 years he gained experience in the energy industry on the operational as well as strategic level. Dominik holds a Master’s degree in Sustainable Energy Supply and Environmental Engineering from RWTH Aachen University.

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Audun Abelsnes

Audun Abelsnes

Managing Director, Equinor & Techstars Energy Accelerator

Audun Abelsnes is the Managing Director of the Equinor & Techstars Energy Accelerator. He is an active participant in panels at energy and innovation conferences around the world. For several years, Audun Abelsnes has been a visiting lecturer at the master-level course “New Venture Creation” (5th year) at the Norwegian Business School. He has founded and later sold one company and is an active seed/early stage investor. Audun Abelsnes has spent several years in PWC management consulting and holds a Master of Science in International Marketing from the Norwegian Business School.

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Max ter Horst

Max ter Horst

Managing Partner, Rockstart’s Energy Fund

Max is Managing Partner of Rockstart’s Energy Fund, offering early stage startups access to capital, market, expertise and community through a customized accelerator program and follow-on investments up to series B. Max is Dutch and based in Amsterdam. He has been active in renewable energy since 2003, when he helped Essent (currently RWE) to establish their wind business in Germany. As Director at EWT, the largest Dutch wind turbine manufacturer, he was responsible for corporate finance, business development and strategy. Further, he was co-founder and CEO of e-kite, a Dutch start-up which developed kite power systems. Before entering the renewable energy sector, Max worked several years at McKinsey, as Engagement Manager. He holds MSc degrees in Chemical Engineering at Delft University of Technology, Business Administration at Erasmus University Rotterdam and an MBA from INSEAD.

 

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Claudius Laskawy outside

Claudius Laskawy

Associate Portfolio Development and Partnerships, DTCP

Claudius is an experienced Innovation Manager currently working as Associate Portfolio Development and Partnerships at DTCP. Previously, Claudius spent about two years at Silicon Valley based innovation platform and venture capitalist Plug and Play Tech Center. In his roles, he frequently engages closely with executives, innovation teams and startups defining their innovation and digital transformation strategies. Following an apprenticeship as a ship broker, Claudius gained international experience in India, Indonesia, the United States, and also worked for Infront Consulting & Management where he contributed to two editions of a study covering about 60 Corporate Digital Innovation Units aimed at understanding best practices in German DAX, large and mid sized corporations in collaboration with German CAPITAL magazine. From my studies, Claudius holds a MSc. in Business Information Management from Rotterdam School of Management.

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Chad Frischmann

Chad Frischmann

Vice President and Research Director, Project Drawdown

Chad Frischmann is the Vice President & Research Director at Project Drawdown, where he leads the Drawdown Coalition, Senior Research Team, and Fellowship Programs. Chad is the lead researcher and principal architect of the methodology and models used in Drawdown and all related publications. With an interdisciplinary background in public policy, sustainable development, and environmental conservation, Chad brings over 17 years of experience in program management and strategic leadership to the team. He has been with the organization since its inception in 2014, working as both head of research and partnerships. Previously, Chad was the Senior Program Officer at The Europaeum, an association of leading European universities; taught at the University of Oxford and the University of California at Berkeley; and worked as a consultant and researcher for numerous organizations, from small grassroots non-profits to UN agencies such as UNESCO and the International Fund for Agricultural Development. He holds a master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of California at Berkeley, a master’s degree in Art History from the University of Oxford, and a B.A. in International Affairs from George Washington University.

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Dr. Philipp Gerbert

Dr. Philipp Gerbert

General Managing Director, TUM Venture Labs

Philipp Gerbert is the General Managing Director of TUM Venture Labs, a joint venture by the TUM and UnternehmerTUM that focuses on fostering DeepTech, Life Sciences and Sustainability start-ups. Previously he served as a partner at UnternehmerTUM, the leading European entrepreneurship center, with a focus on future technology application fields with strong societal impact and applied AI. Until December 2019 he served as a Senior Partner for the Boston Consulting Group, where we was the global expert for Energy Technology and a founder of the Center for Climate Action. He is the author of many reports on energy and climate, including ‘Klimapfade für Deutschland’ with the entire German industry on how to decarbonize a developed economy without hurting it. He has been a regular speaker at the World Economic Forum and World Energy Council. By background he is a physicist (Ph.D. MIT).

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Dr. Mark Hartney

Dr. Mark Hartney

Breakthrough Energy Ventures

After 7 years at SLAC and Stanford, Dr. Mark Hartney embarked a new adventure working full time for Breakthrough Energy Ventures, primarily in Europe, and looking for impactful companies in the climate and clean-tech space. At SLAC, he served as the Director of Strategic Planning, then CTO and added another role starting a new research division focused on Applied Energy – working in solar, batteries, manufacturing and the distribution grid. He served three years as a Program Director at ARPA-E, the new agency within DOE supporting innovative clean technology development – modeled after DARPA. He had the pleasure of working with teams looking at everything from how to motivate human behavior for energy savings to innovative projects on carbon capture, wind turbines, LEDs and power electronics, and building efficiency. Previous work at FlexTech involved Managing R&D technology programs in flexible electronics with an emphasis on photovoltaics and displays and leading an R&D consortium and industry associations focused on printed, flexible electronics and another on 3D display technology. He focused on changing the manufacturing approach for electronics to enable low cost fabrication technologies on flexible substrates He has a diverse technical background with extensive experience in energy, display/IC fabrication, consumer electronics, storage and PC architectures, government program management experience and technology policy expertise

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Niclas Carlsson

Niclas Carlsson

Director of International Market Development, Swedish Energy Agency

Niclas Carlsson is the Director of International Market Development at the Swedish Energy Agency, which is responsible for the agency´s strategical activities globally – both in terms of business and investment promotion. Before joining the Swedish Energy Agency, he represented the Government of Sweden in various international positions, most recently as the Trade Commissioner of Sweden to Saudi Arabia at the Embassy of Sweden in Riyadh. Apart from representing the Government of Sweden on three continents, Niclas Carlsson has vast experience as a company advisor having supported over three hundred companies in their international pursuits. Niclas Carlsson has a background in Business Administration as well as International Relations from Stockholm University and Free University of Berlin.

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