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#SET20 Award 

Hi start-up! Thanks for choosing to apply to the SET Award 2020. We are excited to learn about your innovation and how you contribute to the fight against climate change. Below you will find the category descriptions, along with the general criteria and rules for this competition. We kindly ask that you take the time to read through everything thoroughly, and in case you have any further questions, please write to


Please find the complete category descriptions below. 

Category 1:  Renewable Energies & Materials  

Category 2: Digital Energy Systems

Category 3: Energy Efficiency Solutions

Category 4: Smart Mobility

Category 5: Special Prize: Quality Access & SDG-7

Perks & Prizes

No matter how far you go into the SET process, there is always a value-added for your start-up. Many of our start-ups have gone on to gain new investors, mentors and customers, received invitations to energy events around the world and won even more awards and recognition for their inspiring work.

For all Participants: join the global platform of innovation leaders; see your views represented in the Energy Innovators Issues Monitor; Inform and influence policies that will boost  innovation.

For the #SET100 2020: the Top 100-ranked applicants will be featured in our annual publication which is circulated to  investors, corporates and political stakeholders across the globe. The Top 100 also receive a free ticket to the SET Tech Festival 2020.

For all Finalists: return-flight to Berlin, and accommodation for 2 representatives of the start-up to attend the Tech Festival;  Pitch coaching; Meet-and-greet with high-level jury, Individual booth at Tech Festival; Live pitches at Tech Festival; Investor-matchmaking; Tickets to the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue (BETD); Content creation: interviews and branding in all communication material.

Winners of each category: up to 10.000 Euros prize money; 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. In addition, start-ups will have the opportunity to attend the World Energy Leaders’ Summits.

Participation Criteria  

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

1. The start-up must not have been founded longer than ten years ago. In other words, the date of foundation cannot exceed 2009.

2. The application, including any attached documents, must be in English.

3. The start-up must be able to present a functioning prototype. In addition, the company must be registered or be in the process of becoming registered and the applicant must be able to present a proof of concept or a client, and/or an industrial/corporate/institutional partner.

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

The application portal will close Jan 15th, 2020 11:59pm (UTC-12) 

Selection Process & Timeline

September 30th, 2019 – January 15th, 2020: Application phase 

January 15th – mid-February, 2020: Analysts of our partner EarlyMetrics, to rank and evaluate applications; high-level jury evaluations

Mid-February, 2020: Top 15 announced and invited to Berlin; SET 100 announced

Week of March 24th, 2020: pitch coaching, high-level jury meeting & finalist pitching in Berlin at Tech Festival. Announcement of winners at BETD-hosted Award Ceremony

Terms and Conditions

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

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