Hey there innovator! Thanks for choosing to apply to the SET 2018 award. We are excited to see what you have to offer and which energy transition challenge you are looking to solve. Please review the general criteria and rules for this competition below, along with the descriptions of the categories by clicking "more" on each individual category.We kindly ask that you take the time to read through everything thoroughly, and in case you have any further questions, please write to contact@startup-energy-transition.com

Participation Criteria

  1. Applicants may only apply to one category. All subsequent applications to other categories will be disqualified. This also applies to the Special Prize: SDG-7.

  2. The startup or innovation project must not have been founded longer than ten years ago. In other words, the date of foundation cannot exceed 2007.

  3. The application, including any attached documents and pitch decks, must be in English.

  4. Attached pitch decks must be no longer than 20 slides.

  5. The startup or innovation project must be able to present a functioning prototype. In addition, the applicant must be able to present a legal framework, proof of concept or a client, and/or an industrial/corporate/institutional partner.

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

  7. High-resolution company logo (300 dpi) as a .jpg or .png file for publication on the SET website and in the competition documents.

  8. Participants are highly encouraged to fill in the World Energy Issues Monitor survey at the end of the application process.

Perks & Prizes

For all Participants: join the global platform of innovation leaders; connect with the keys actors of the energy transition and find potential partners; see your views represented in the Energy Innovators Issues Monitor; Inform and influence policies that will boost Innovation.

For the Top 100 Start-Ups: be included in our “Global Energy Transition (GET) 100” list, a yearly publication disseminated to our corporate partners and investors.  

For all Finalists: Return-flights to Berlin, and accommodation for 2 representatives of the start-up or innovation project to attend the Tech-Festival; Pitch coaching by innogy Innovation Hub; Individual booth at Tech Festival; Live pitches at Tech Festival; Investor-matchmaking; Tickets to the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue (BETD); Branding in all communication material; opportunity to take part in the Innovation day of the World Energy Congress 2019 in Abu Dhabi.

Winners of each category: Maximum cash prize of 10,000; Participation on the winners’ panel at the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue (BETD), Profile of start-up celebrated across the World Energy Council’ s global energy network in 99 countries; opportunities to attend a World Energy Leaders‘ Summit. 

Selection Process & Timeline

November 14th, 2017 – January 31st, 2018: Application phase

January 31st – February 15th: Reading jury evaluation (Top-100 startups selected)

February- March 1st: High-level jury evaluation (Top-15 startups selected)

First week of March: 18 Finalists notified

Mid-April: High-level jury meeting & finalist pitching in Berlin at Tech Festival. Announcement of winners at BETD-hosted Award Ceremony

What happens if you’re a finalist?

In early March, you will receive an e-mail informing you that you have been one of the three finalists chosen in your respective category. After this time, you will be requested to send us a 1 minute video which clearly demonstrates your product and the impact you are looking to have to the issue you are looking to solve, business model, team and motivation to apply for this award. If you are selected as the winner of your category, the video will be played during the Award Ceremony. In addition, the video will be used on our social media outlets to promote the finalists prior to the Tech Festival.

Weighting and grade allocation

Please note that all grading decisions will be made based on the application and pitch-deck provided in the application, with the exception of a finalist tie in one or more of the categories. In the event of a tie, 10% of the grade will be allocated to the live pitches at the Tech Festival. In such a case, you will be informed promptly beforehand.

Ends on January 31, 2018

With an ever-growing need and worldwide emphasis on low-carbon energies and solutions, we are looking for start-ups that push the envelope by designing game-changing technologies which move us further away from carbon-reliant energy. Which low-carbon fuels and generation technologies can best advance the energy transition? Do you have an innovative product or service that can support the development, operation and maintenance of low-carbon energy? Do you have a brilliant idea which ensures stability in supply, is low-cost, and reduces GHG-emissions? On top of all, can your business model compete with rising stars in the industry? Whether you are in the solar or wind industry, developing hydrogen or biofuel technologies, supporting heating and cooling systems or creating low-cost maintenance solutions, we want to see what you have to offer!

Key Words (not limited to): solar panels, wind turbines, hydrogen, power-to-gas, biofuels, heating, cooling, sector coupling, weather forecast, carbon capture & storage, and low-cost maintenance Solutions.

Smart this. Smart that. We need smart grids that are capable of linking the increasing amount of renewable energy sources. There have been significant changes in the transmission and distribution of energy as traditional grid management becomes increasingly complex and decentralization intensifies. Innovative solutions such as predictive supply chain management, digital twinning, and traffic & congestion management through big data-led processes will help improve performance, resilience and ultimately, the resource footprint of existing systems. We are looking for startups which hold the key to balancing the grid, reducing physical and virtual distances and creating new marketplaces. How can we better and more efficiently use the existing infrastructure we have with the help of platforms?  Who can explore and incorporate big data into their platforms in the cleverest of ways, while keeping it safe from events such as cyber attacks? How can we further automatize operations and prevent failures? We are looking for the brightest innovators in areas such as smartgrids with decentralized (democratized) energy access, peer-to-peer, blockchain-based solutions and last-mile channels that can bring our energy systems, (and us), closer together.

Key Words (not limited to): off-grid, microgrid, smartgrid, peer-to-peer, blockchain, financial platforms, mobile platforms, last-mile distribution channel, ancillary services, virtual power plants, data management, data & cyber security, predictive supply chain management, digital twinning traffic & congestion management

The energy transition is strongly about energy efficiency. We want to see which ideas can help us do more with less. More and more energy consumers are seeking solutions and products to help them manage their energy usage. How can solutions such as smart appliances, internet of things and storage help us do this? Which ideas aide industries, buildings and households to track, manage, reduce or adapt their energy consumption. We want to see who holds the right technologies that allow us to bridge the gap between accessible storage and harnessing fluctuating energy generation levels. We invite all entrepreneurs to show us their smart meters, blockchain-based solutions for energy efficiency and storage, life-cycle assessment software’s , machine- learning technologies and more.

Key words (not limited to): smart metering, demand side management, software as a service, digitalization, machine learning, blockchain, life-cycle assessment, insulation, heat recover, and storage (excluding EV batteries).

Ends on January 31, 2018

We know that the transport sector is a key element to decarbonization. More and more cities are implementing policies that aim at reducing pollution and GHG-emissions, meaning that the era of alternative drive systems in transport is not far off. So how will you contribute? Which technologies and business models are out there that support us in adopting greener practices and boosting electrification in transport? We want to see who has the best charging infrastructure, alternative fuels, or innovative battery systems. Whether in urban or rural regions, who is able to unlock the potential of this market and make clean transportation the new normal for individuals and companies?  Who knows, maybe we will find the next Tesla…

Key words (not limited to): electrification, electric vehicles, charging infrastructure, e-fuels, alternative drive systems, mobility-to-grid, car batteries, logistics, and supply chain.

Ends on January 31, 2018

The United Nations have projected that there could be a 40% shortfall of water availability globally, between demand and available supply, by 2030. Water deficit, changes in precipitation patterns and increasing competition between water users, adversely affect the resilience of energy services in many parts of the world. Energy is the second-largest freshwater user after agriculture, yet it appears that an assessment of the consumption and use of water by different energy technologies is complex and there are currently limited methods to do it. Therefore, we want to see which startups are able to provide innovation solutions to minimize water use for energy, and mitigate competition between the energy, water and food agendas. If you are making technological advances in recirculating systems, water irrigation systems, the adoption of dry cooling, improvements in desalination processes, or reusing water from oil extraction, we want to see who is best placed to reduce the water footprint of energy.

Keywords (not limited to): water savings, water management, water irrigation systems, dry cooling, second generation biofuels, recirculation, and desalination.

Ends on January 31, 2018

To achieve a global energy transition, we cannot ignore the matter of energy poverty. UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7 is all about “ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all”. While action is needed from the side of policymakers to maintain the Energy Trilemma balance, the entrepreneurial community has a role to play in ensuring access to energy for all – in a sustainable way. Who are the startups out there finding new business models for all parts of the energy supply chain, while improving conditions for underrepresented individuals and areas around the world? Most importantly for this category, we are looking for startups that have the potential to make the biggest dent in ensuring access to affordable energy for all, in an equitable way. We are looking for diverse solutions for technology, financing, awareness, capacity building  (to name a few), that can reach far and wide, have a very clear social drive and most of all, will make a large impact.

Key words (not limited to): SDG-7, ‘the Energy Trilemma’, equity, affordability, access, reliability, environmental sustainability, social entrepreneurship, and social drive.