SET Award

SET Award 2022 is open!

Start Up Energy Transition Award 2022

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.

Apply for the SET Award 2022 until 31.01.2022. Check out this years’ categories here, along with the prizes and criteria here

Previous SET winners

A look back at our past awards

SET Award 2021

SET Award 2021

For its 5th anniversary, the SET Award 2021 received 543 application from 89 countries! The winning start-ups have been announced during the Award Ceremony of the SET Tech Festival 2021, live from Radialsystem in Berlin. The motto of the year "Reduce, Reuse, Re-energize" gave participants the opportunity to rethink the industry through the theme of circular economy.

SET Award 2020

SET Award 2020

The winning start-ups were selected following a high level jury meeting during the SET Week, which was held virtually for the first time ever. During this fourth edition of the SET Awards, the 15 finalists who were selected out of a pool of 570 applications across 90 countries, presented their innovations to an international jury of energy sector experts.

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.