Start Up Energy Transition Award 2019: Finalists nominated

15 start-ups from 11 countries will present their business models for climate protection at the SET Tech Festival on April 9th in Berlin.

18 March 2019,15 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 block chain 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, selected from a total of 450 applications from 80 different countries. 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.

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International start-ups and investors meet at the SET Tech Festival in Berlin on April 9th

 In addition to the live pitches of the finalists, the SET Tech Festival will primarily focus on networking: start-ups can get in touch with large energy companies, investors and potential customers on location. A total of around 800 participants are expected, including over 150 start-ups. The programme offers deep-dive workshops, keynotes and panel discussions on innovations in the energy transition and climate protection.

Speakers will include Frank Thelen (Founder & CEO at Freigeist Capital), Frank Salzgeber (Head of Innovation and Ventures Office at the European Space Agency), Zoe Adamovicz (Co-founder & CEO of Neufund), Renée Bruel (Senior Associate, Energy Systems at the European Climate Foundation) and Dr. Antje Danielson (Director of Education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Energy Initiative (MITEI)).

The award ceremony will take place on April 9th at the evening reception of the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue, a conference hosted by the German Federal Government together with the German Renewable Energy Federation (BEE), the German Solar Association (BSW-Solar), the German Energy Agency (dena) and consultancy firm Eclareon.