The Start Up Energy Transition Award: applications open until 31 January!

18.01.2017 - Article

Start-ups have until 31 January 2017 to apply for the international Start Up Energy Transition Award of the German Energy Agency (dena). The competition is open to ideas that can help to promote worldwide climate protection and the energy transition. Start-ups with the most innovative business models will have the opportunity to present their projects andsolutions to international investors, decision-makers and climate protection actors at the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue in March 2017. Please submit your applications at www.startup-energy-transition.com.

Start-ups and the energy transition

Wind turbines: a symbol of the energy transition
Wind turbines: a symbol of the energy transition© dpa/picture-alliance

Energy efficiency, renewable energies and phasing out nuclear power – these three key areas are an essential part of the German energy transition, which seeks to make the energy supply more sustainable, environmentally friendly and reliable. The energy transition is not just about major projects, however. Start-ups also make an important contribution to the transformation of the energy supply with concrete projects.

The international Start Up Energy Transition Award honours such contributions. Start-ups operating in the area of the energy transition can meet international investors and partners from the public sector at a tech festival taking place in Berlin in March 2017. The award ceremony will also take place there. The most promising start-ups will receive awards in each of the six categories. A further aim is to create a global network in order to promote further innovations and to make the energy transition a successful project.

Competition with six categories

Global energy transition award for start-ups
Global energy transition award for start-ups© AA

Start-ups will receive awards in the following six categories: “The Urban Energy Transition”, for ideas and business models promoting digitised and sustainable cities; “Cleantech against Climate Change”, for technologies that help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in a wide range of sectors; “Future Production and Manufacturing”, for digital solutions in industry; “Mobility meets Energy Transition”, for sustainable mobility concepts; and “Platforms and Communities”, for promoting networks. The special prize Start Up SDG 7 is awarded to companies that are working to help achieve the seventh sustainable development goal (SDG) of the United Nations, which is access to affordable and clean energy for all.

Prominent patrons

Supporters of the initiative include Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), and Jules Kortenhorst, CEO of the Rocky Mountain Institute. Its patrons are the Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and the Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs.

A prominent platform for energy transition start-ups

The Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2015 at the Federal Foreign Office (file photo)
The Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2015 at the Federal Foreign Office (file photo)© Koehler/photothek.net

The award ceremony is to take place during the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue (BETD) in Berlin in March 2017, which will be attended by over 1000 delegates from 70 countries. The successful start-ups will thus have an opportunity to hold discussions and network with companies, decision-makers, political visionaries and non-governmental organisations. Organised jointly by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and the Federal Foreign Office, this annual global energy transition summit brings together political decision-makers from around the globe and experts from the worlds of business, academia, administration and civil society, and promotes international cooperative partnerships for climate protection, energy efficiency and renewable energies.

Further information:

Further information about the Start Up Energy Transition Award, its partners and how to apply

Further information on the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue

Press contact:

Deutsche Energie-Agentur GmbH (dena), Stella Matsoukas, Chausseestraße 128 a, 10115 Berlin
Tel: +49 (0)30 72 61 65-657, Fax: +49 (0)30 72 61 65-699, E-Mail: presse@dena.de, Internet: www.dena.de

DWR eco GmbH, Doreen Rietentiet, Albrechtstraße 22, 10117 Berlin
Tel: +49.30.609819-500, Fax: +49.30.609819-509, E-Mail: rietentiet@dwr-eco.com, Internet: www.dwr-eco.com

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