SET Award

SET 2021 Finalists announced!

Start Up Energy Transition Award

The applications are in! 543 submissions from 89 countries received for the fifth year of SET – a testament to the rise of innovation for the energy transition worldwide! Check out the SET100 2021 here, along with the 15 finalists of the SET Award here.

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 four years, the award has received more than 2300 applications from 90 countries.

Who are our past start-ups? Check out our database for our past SET100s

A look back at our past awards:

SET Week 2020

SET Week 2020

SET Week 2020 was the first virtual edition of our annual SET Tech Festival & Award. Start-ups and attendees joined us virtually from all over the world as we hosted a vibrant array of online sessions and impactful speakers. Attendees were able to explore the most pressing challenges of the ongoing energy transition and the opportunities that innovation can bring to our carbon-neutral future.

#SET100 2020

#SET100 2020

The “Start Up Energy Transition (SET)” initiative has published the new Top 100 list (#SET100) of international start-ups of the energy transition. It contains the 100 best cleantech start-ups that applied for this year’s SET Award – the international award for innovative business models in the areas of energy transition and climate protection.

SET Award 2019

SET Award 2019

SET Award 2019 honoured five start-ups in the fields of climate protection and energy transition. The award-winning start-ups prevailed in the final round of the SET Tech Festival on April 9th in Berlin, an event for start-ups, established energy companies and investors. More than 450 companies from 80 countries had applied, 15 of which made it to the final and presented their ideas.

SET Award 2018

SET Award 2018

The SET Award 2018 welcomed hundreds of applications from over 68 countries, after being launched at the COP23 in Bonn, Germany. The start-ups proved that they have powerful ideas to address issues concerning blockchain, renewable energy, the internet of things, energy access and much more. The 2018 finalists and winners showcased innovations ranging from ion-membrane exchange solutions for clean energy generation, to greenhouse-based horticulture projects, to machine-learning mobility tracking apps.

SET Award 2017

SET Award 2017

The first-ever SET Award drew in over 500 applications from all around the world. Supported early on by prominent individuals such as Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, the SET Award 2017 emphasized the growing international community of innovators seeking to contribute to the energy transition and prevent increasing climate change. The finalists and winners from the 2017 Award included those working on hydrogen logistics, peer-to-peer solar energy platforms, off-grid cold storage in Nigeria, and more.