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#SET19 Award 

Hey there innovator! Thanks for choosing to apply to the SET Award 2019. We are excited to see what you have to offer and which energy transition challenge you are looking to solve. 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: Low-Carbon Energy Production  

Category 2: Intelligent Grids, Platforms & Cyber Security  

Category 3: Energy Efficiency, Smart Devices & Storage

Category 4: Innovative Mobility

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

Perks & Prizes

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 2019 (includes Finalist & Winners): the Top 100-ranked applicants will be offered the opportunity to participate and showcase at the 24th World Energy Congress 2019 in Abu Dhabi. Sponsored by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, this incredible opportunity includes travel and accommodation expenses, and a showcase space for invitees. 

For all Finalists: return-flight to Berlin, and accommodation for 2 representatives of the start-up or innovation project 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. In addition, start-ups will have the opportunity to attend the World Energy Leaders’ Summits.

Winners of each category: maximum 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. 

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: Quality Access & SDG-7.

2. The start-up or innovation project must not have been founded longer than ten years ago. In other words, the date of foundation cannot exceed 2008

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

4. The applicant must be able to present a legal framework, proof of concept or a client, and/or an industrial/corporate/institutional partner. 

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

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

Selection Process & Timeline

October 10th, 2018 – January 31st, 2019: Application phase 

February 1st – February 15th, 2019: Analysts of our partner EarlyMetrics, to rank and evaluate applications 

Mid-February – March 1st, 2019: Qualitative evaluations by Jury 

Early March, 2019: Top 15 announced and invited to Berlin

March 2019: SET 100 2019 announced, start-ups invited to the 24th World Energy Congress, Abu Dhabi

April 8-10th, 2019: pitch coaching, 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. 

The SET team will arrange your travel and accommodations. During the high-level jury meeting, (which will decide the winners of each category unless there is a tie (see below)), you will be brought in and asked questions by the high-level jury. Please note that if you are selected as a finalist but are unable to attend the Tech Festival and Award Ceremony in April, your spot will be given to the runner-up

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. 

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