Start Up Energy Transition Award

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

Thank you for all the exciting and inspiring applications from all over the world! The application portal is now closed as we begin the review process.

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Selection Process & Timeline

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

February  7th – February 21rd: Reading jury evaluation (Top-100 start-ups selected)

February – March: High-level jury evaluation (Top-18 start-ups selected)

First week of March: 18 Finalists notified

April 15th: High-level jury meeting & pitch coaching

April 16th: Finalist pitching in Berlin at Tech Festival

April 17th: Announcement of winners at Award Ceremony hosted by the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue

April 18th: Winner’s panel discussion at BETD within the German Federal Foreign Office

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.

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