Apply now for the SET Award 2018!

SET, an initiative by the Deutsche Energie-Agentur – the German Energy Agency (dena) – in cooperation with their strategic partner, the World Energy Council, has launched the second round of the international award ‘Start Up Energy Transition’ (SET) during the annual UN Climate Change Conference (COP 23) in Bonn, Germany. It is also the second time that InnoEnergy is a partner of the award whose goal it is to identify the most promising start-ups working on the energy transition and climate protection.

Young companies and innovation projects around the world are invited to apply until 31 January 2018 at

The award forms part of the SET initiative, which also comprises the annual SET Tech Festival and a rapidly growing network. In the current round, the initiative is supported by the Government of Canada as a country partner and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. In addition, SET is joined by over 100 partners from the public, academic, non-government and corporate sectors around the world.

“SET has become one of the leading international platforms supporting innovation in the energy transition,” said Andreas Kuhlmann, Chief Executive of dena. “We believe that innovative business models can make a big difference on the path to a sustainable energy future. Therefore, we are inviting all start-ups to join us and share their ideas for the SET Award 2018.” Last year, two InnoEnergy start-ups, glowee and AEInnova, were among the 18 finalists of the award.

Applicants can present their projects in six different categories, all with the aim of promoting clean energy:

  • Low-Carbon Energy Production
  • Intelligent Grids and Platforms
  • Energy Efficiency, Smart Devices and Storage
  • Innovative Mobility
  • Energy, Water and Food
  • Special Prize: UN Sustainable Development Goal 7.

The award ceremony will be hosted by the ‘Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue’ (BETD) in Berlin in the spring of 2018 – a conference jointly organised by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and the Federal Foreign Office. The three most promising start-ups in each category will pitch their ideas at the SET Tech Festival, which will take place alongside the BETD.

More information about the SET Award 2018, the application process, the winners of the first round, and the SET initiative with all its other supporters and activities can be found at

Picture: Climate Planet Bonn