Start-Up Energy Transition Awards

Start Up Energy Transition

Supporting our innovation agenda, our annual Start Up Energy Transition (SET100) Award, in cooperation with the German Energy Agency (dena), is an international competition for start-ups and young companies worldwide who are creating innovative solutions and building agile organisations to accelerate the energy transition. 

SET brings together the most outstanding international start-ups in the field of energy transition with key stakeholders in the energy sector including investors, industry leader incumbents, media and government.

"Going into the 6th edition of the Start Up Energy Transition (SET) Award, we continue to see our network of energy sector stakeholders grow and reach new heights. Despite the challenges that we face today, the global energy start-up ecosystem has continued to prove resilient and produce solutions. We have seen the immense power that innovation and thinking outside-the-box has had, namely during the current times of environmental, diplomatic and economic uncertainty. In these moments, I believe that innovation presents an incredible opportunity to build a stronger net zero future.

We are proud to have created a global platform which enables deep connections between start-ups, investors, corporates, and the public sector. We once again received a significant number of impressive start-up applications, which deserve global attention and support to have the maximum impact on reversing climate change."

Andreas Kuhlmann, dena Chief Executive

Start Up Energy Transition Awards 2022

Start Up Energy Transition (SET) has now released its 6th SET100 List, the annual compilation of the most promising global innovators in the energy transition who are transforming the industry and shaping the future of energy. 


About SET100

The SET100 is a selection of the 100 best innovations from the SET Awards application phase, which features 5 different categories, including: Clean Energy Generation (25 start-ups), Demand-side Innovation (20 start-ups), Energy Distribution & Storage (21 start-ups), Smart Mobility & Transportation (20 start-ups), Quality Energy Access & SDG-7 (14 start-ups).

In total, more than 360 start-ups from 69 countries applied for the SET Awards 2022. After a careful review of the applications by our C-level jury, which is comprised of some the most prominent and influential actors in the energy sector, the top 100 energy and mobility start-ups of the year were selected.

This year’s SET100 list recognises start-ups from 31 countries, including: Canada, Colombia, Estonia, the Netherlands, Nigeria, the United Kingdom and Zimbabwe.


Along with the SET100 list, Andreas Kuhlmann, CEO of the German Energy-Agency (dena), and Dr. Linda Davis, Founder and CEO of Giraffe Bioenergy, announced the fifteen finalists of the Start Up Energy Transition Award 2022 at the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue. Congratulations to them!

Check out this years’ categories, along with the prizes and criteria


If you would like to discover more energy and mobility innovations, check out SET Awards 2021 and award recaps.

Innovation lies at the heart of the energy transition

Integrating innovators and innovative thinking with our work programmes, activities, experiences and communities is a priority on the Council’s agenda. We create platforms to accelerate and deepen capabilities that can help to drive the energy transition. We achieve impact by identifying innovators, matchmaking within our communities and developing those talented individuals who will become our future inspirational energy leaders.

Securing the sustainable supply and use of energy that meets the needs of our planet relies on the successful development and delivery of innovative solutions. This includes transformative innovation in infrastructure, decarbonisation, policy, new technologies, business models and much more.

“We need to think of innovation not as one technology choice versus another, or substituting old technologies for new, but a whole-systems transformation. To do this we need to bring together key innovation accelerators, such as technology, finance, behaviour and new business models.”

Angela Wilkinson, World Energy Council Secretary General and CEO

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