Start Up Energy Transition Award 2019: Finalists nominated

Posted on 16 February 2019

During the SET Award 2019 application process, inspiring applications were received from almost 450 start-ups and 80 different countries – representing innovators and entrepreneurs of the energy transition.

With the help of energy expert-packed jury and start-up rating agency Early Metrics, 15 finalists are now selected for this years Start Up Energy Transition Award. The top 15 are made up of tree finalists from each of five award categories: Low-Carbon Energy Production, Energy Efficiency, Smart Devices &Storage, Intelligent Grids, Platforms & Cyber Security, Special Prize: Quality Access &SDG7 and Innovative Mobility.

15 start-ups from Europe, Australia, China, Thailand, Uganda and the USA have made it to the final of the Start Up Energy Transition (SET) Award 2019. Whether it be autonomous electric trucks, organic solar cells or energy data management with blockchain technology: the finalists offer future-oriented solutions from all areas of energy generation and supply. The award is presented by the German Energy Agency (dena) in cooperation with the World Energy Council. It goes to the companies with the most innovative and impactful business ideas for climate protection and energy transition. The finalists will present their projects on April 9th at the SET Tech Festival in Berlin – an international event for start-ups, established energy companies and investors.

For a complete list of finalists visit

Stay tuned and get your tickets for the Tech Festival here!

Start Up Energy Transition (SET) is an international platform supporting innovation in energy transition. It is comprised of the annual SET Award and SET Tech Festival.


The initiative brings together the most outstanding international start-ups in the field of energy together with key stakeholders in the energy sector. Through the help of our global network, we received nearly 1200 start-up applications from 95 countries in just three years. The submissions are evaluated by a prominent SME analyst group, which, together with the high-level jury (comprised of high-level individuals in the energy and climate sector), identifies the Top 100 list of the most innovative, savvy and promising start-ups. The high-level jury also selects the 15 finalists for the Award, who you can meet and engage with at the Tech Festival.

Tech Festival on April 9th 2019

The one-day event allows participants to access the best start-ups and outstanding entrepreneurs in the field of energy solutions, in addition to innovation-driven corporate, investors, and public organizations leading the energy transition.

  • 1000+ participants
  • 150+ energy start-ups
  • 30+ energy accelerators
  • Top keynotes and panels
  • Peer-to-peer matchmaking
  • Start-up pitch stage
  • Corporate workshops
  • High-Level evening reception

“With the SET Award we are looking for the top innovators in the energy transition”, said Andreas Kuhlmann, Chief Executive of dena. “Our global SET community is growing rapidly. In the past two years, we had roughly 1000 applications from 88 countries. Some of our finalists have been very successful in developing their business. Every start-up dedicated to promoting clean energy is most welcome to join our initiative and apply for the SET Award 2019.”

The SET Tech Festival, featuring the pitches of the finalists, will take place in Berlin on 9 April, 2019. The award ceremony will be hosted on the evening of the same day by the ‘Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue’ – an international conference jointly organised by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and the Federal Foreign Office.

Christoph Frei, Secretary General of the World Energy Council, commented: “If we want to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals and climate objectives, we need to accelerate the energy transition through smarter policies, powerful new business models and technologies. SET identifies the best 100 start-ups and innovators to facilitate partnerships and support the transition. The Council is proud to be a partner of this dynamic platform and through it, move the needle towards a more sustainable energy system.”

More information about the SET Award 2019, the application process, the winners of the previous rounds, and the SET initiative with all its supporters and activities can be found at

About the German Energy Agency (dena) -dena is Germany’s centre of expertise for energy efficiency, renewable energy sources and intelligent energy systems. As the agency for the applied energy transition, it helps achieve energy and climate policy objectives by developing solutions and putting them into practice, both nationally and internationally. In order to do this, dena brings partners from politics and business together, across sectors. dena’s shareholders are the Federal Republic of Germany and the KfW Group. More information is available at