Start Up Energy Transition Award 2023 (€10,000 prize)

Deadline: January 16, 2023

Applications are open for the Start Up Energy Transition Award (SET) 2023. The Start Up Energy Transition Award (SET) is an international competition for startups worldwide who are working on ideas affecting the global energy transition and climate change.

In the last six years, the award has received more than 2,700 applications from over 100 countries. Let this be a testament to the rise of innovation for the energy transition worldwide. The 7th round of the SET Award is open for applications. Apply now to become one of the 15 top energy start-ups of 2023!


  • Clean Energy & Storage: Generating, storing and distributing renewable energy is central to the energy transition. This category focuses on start-ups decarbonising our most energy-intensive sectors and accelerating the adoption of new solutions.
  • Quality Energy Access & SDG-7: This category rewards start-ups working with and empowering the communities that are most impacted by climate change. Innovations focused on positive social impact will score big here.
  • Buildings & Construction: The built environment accounts for 30% of global energy usage through construction, materials or just through temperature management. New for 2023, this rewards those creating comfortable, cost-effective, energy-efficient buildings of the future.
  • Mobility & Transportation: Transportation and mobility continue to be one of the most essential but energy-intensive sectors. This category rewards creative solutions that span the large and the physical to the virtual and the digital.
  • Industry: Industry emits 33% of GHG emissions and uses 38% of global energy. Innovation here is one of the most important ways to decarbonise. A new category for 2023, could your start-up be the game-changer?


Winner of Category

  • €10,000 prize money per winner
  • Profile of start-up celebrated across the World Energy Council’s global energy network in 99 countries
  • Opportunity to attend the World Energy Leaders’ Summit
  • Extra visibility and PR
  • Speaking slot at the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2023


  • Round trip flights to and from Berlin, and accommodation for 2 representatives of the start-up to attend the SET Tech Festival and Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue
  • Connect with a C-level jury
  • Booth at the SET Tech Festival
  • Live pitches at the SET Tech Festival
  • Feature in the “Energy Frontrunners” series
  • Access to exclusive partner events globally


  • Feature in an annual SET100 list publication, which is circulated to investors, corporates, and political stakeholders across the globe
  • Free tickets to the SET Tech Festival 2023
  • Free tickets to the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue (BETD) 2023
  • Content creation: interviews & articles
  • Access to exclusive partner events globally

All Participants

  • Inform and influence policies that will boost innovation
  • Have your voice heard and participate in the World Energy Survey


  • Applicants may only apply to one category. All subsequent applications to other categories will be disqualified.
  • The startup must not have been founded longer than ten years ago. In other words, the date of foundation cannot exceed 2012.
  • The application, including any attached documents, must be in English.
  • The startup must be able to present a functioning prototype. In addition, the company must be registered or be in the process of becoming registered and the applicant must be able to present a proof of concept or a client, and/or an industrial/corporate/institutional partner.


The applicant must fill out the entire form. Partially completed applications will not be accepted

Click here to apply

For more information, visit SET Award.