SET Award

Start Up Energy Transition Award 2019

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We've received 450 applications from 80 countries

See you @ SET Tech Festival

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 just two years, the award has received roughly 1000 applications from 88 countries.

There are five different categories applicants can present their projects in, all with the aim of clean energy promotion. Our expert jury will select the three most promising start-ups in each category, who will pitch their business ideas at our annual summit – the SET Tech Festival – which brings our impressive network together on April 09, 2019.

The Award Categories

In the third round of the SET Award, five categories that reflect the critical issues facing innovation needed for the energy transition globally have been identified which contribute significantly to sustainable development. How is your innovation responding to the global energy transition challenge?

Check out the categories here.

Startup Energy Transition Award 2019 - Finalists

SET-Finalists 201915 start-ups from 11 countries will present their business models for climate protection at the SET Tech Festival on April 9th in Berlin.

Check out the finalists here.




Perks & Prizes

No matter how far you go into the SET process, you always benefit! From the possibility of showcasing your innovation at the World Energy Congress in Abu Dhabi, to joining energy leaders, partners and investors in Berlin, to connecting with the global platform of innovation leaders and the wider World Energy Council network and community of influencers, you won’t want to miss this opportunity.

Have what it takes? Then check out the prizes and criteria page here.

Award Timeline


Application Phase Opens


Application Phase Closes


Tech Festival & Award Ceremony

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.

Start Up Energy Transition Award: Check out the agenda!