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Start Up Energy Transition Award finalists nominated

18 start-ups from 13 countries will present their business models for climate protection at the SET Tech Festival on 16 April in Berlin.

18 start-ups from Europe, North America, China, India, Israel and Kenya have made it to the final of the Start Up Energy Transition (SET) Award. The finalists are putting forward solutions for all areas of energy production and supply – from a solar-powered refrigerator for vaccines in remote regions, to increasing efficiency in buildings via the Internet of Things, and upcycling organic waste into sustainable oils and proteins.

The 2018 SET Award will be presented in six categories by the Deutsche Energie-Agentur (dena) – the German Energy Agency – in conjunction with the World Energy Council. An international jury selected companies whose innovative business idea, for climate protection, were the most promising, from more than 400 applications. The finalists will present their projects on 16 April at the SET Tech Festival in Berlin – an international event for start-ups, investors and the energy industry.

For a complete list of the finalists visit

International start-ups and investors at the SET Tech Festival

At the SET Tech Festival in the Berlin Kulturbrauerei, start-ups will be able to watch the finalists’ presentations and establish contact with potential customers and investors. An exhibition will showcase young enterprises whose energy solutions are already making successful contributions to climate protection.

The programme will also include workshops, presentations and panel discussions. Speakers will include Jennifer Zhu Scott (Radian Partners & Radian Blockchain Ventures investor group, China), Dr Johannes Teyssen (energy providers E.ON), Lucia Bakulumpagi-Wamala (Bakulu Power start-up, Uganda), Christoph Frei (World Energy Council), Chad Frischmann (Project Drawdown climate protection initiative, USA), Sebastian Groh (SOLshare start-up, Bangladesh) und Andreas Kuhlmann (dena).

On 17 April, the winners of the SET Award will receive their prizes at a joint evening event hosted by the SET Tech Festival, the ‘EventHorizon’ blockchain summit, and the ‘Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue’. The award winners will also take part in a start-up panel at the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue. The two-day conference is being organised by the Federal Government in collaboration with the German Renewable Energy Federation (BEE), the German Solar Association (BSW Solar), the consultancy firm eclareon and dena.

The SET Tech Festival, Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue and EventHorizon, along with other events, all form part of the ‘Berlin Energy Week’, and and will convene leading players in the global energy transition.

About the ‘Start-Up Energy Transition’ initiative (SET)

The SET Award and the SET Tech Festival belong to the global SET initiative for pioneers in the battle against climate change. Across the globe, more than 100 partners from politics, industry, science and non-government organisations are getting involved. The present round of the competition is being sponsored by partner country Canada and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, plus many other partners and sponsors.

More information on the SET Tech Festival 2018 can be found at

For further information on all the events of the Berlin Energy Week, visit