SET Award 2023 Competition for Start-ups Worldwide

The SET Award 2023 Competition for Start-ups Worldwide is the 7th round of the prestigious awards Program. Applications are now Open, Submit your applications now to become one of the fifteen top energy startups in 2023!

SET Award 2023 Competition for Start-ups Worldwide

The SET (Start-Up Energy Transition) Award, is an international competition for start-ups around the world who are working on ideas affecting the global energy transition and climate change. For over six years now, the SET award has received over 2,700 applications from over 100 countries.

Details About SET Award 2023 Competition

  • Type: Entrepreneurs
  • Organization: Start-Up Energy Transition (SET)
  • Country: Germany
  • Gender: Men and Women
  • Application Deadline: January 16, 2023

About Start-Up Energy Transition (SET)

The Start-Up Energy Transition (SET) is an international innovation platform supporting innovation in the energy transition. The platform was implemented with the conviction that a sustainable future is directly linked to innovative business models and political will.

SET is powered by the renowned German Energy Agency (dena), in partnership with the World Energy Council. It operates with the mission “to strengthen the impact that energy innovators have in reaching climate neutrality’’

The activities of SET include supporting, promoting, and creating opportunities for start-ups in the energy sector to scale-up impact and accelerate the global energy transition in order to reverse climate change.

Benefits of SET Awards 2023 Competition

Winner of category:

  • Winners will receive each a €10 000 Prize money
  • The Profile of the start-up will be celebrated across the World Energy Council’s global energy network in 99 countries
  • The winner will have the opportunity to attend the World Energy Leaders’ Summit
  • Extra visibility and PR
  • The winner will receive a Speaking slot at the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2023


  • Join a round trip flight 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 opportunity at the SET Tech Festival
  • Participate in the “Energy Frontrunners” series
  • Access to exclusive partner events globally


  • This category will Feature in the annual SET100 list publication, which is circulated to investors, corporates, and political stakeholders across the globe
  • Gain 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

How to Apply for SET Award 2023 Competition?

Are you Interested and qualified? Please visit Start Up Energy Transition (SET) on:  to apply

For more details on how to apply, visit SET website on:

Eligibility Criteria for SET Award 2023  Competition Qualification

  • Founding year: The start-up is not required to have been founded longer than ten years ago, and the date of foundation cannot exceed 2012
  • Application language: The application, plus any attached documents, must be in English
  • Company registration: All interested and applying start-ups must be registered, or be in the process of becoming registered
  • Participating Start-up must be able to present a functioning prototype and a proof of concept or a client, and/or an industrial/corporate/institutional partner
  • Completed form: The entire form must be completed as any partially completed applications will not be accepted

Important Dates and Timeline for SET Award 2023

  • From 1 November 2022 to 16 January 2023, the seventh round of the SET Award is launched and will run until 16 January 2023. Note that after this date, no application will be accepted.
  • Evaluation of Applications from 17 January to 16 February 2023. The best 100 start-ups will be selected for the SET100 list in 2023.
  • From 17 February 2023, the release of the SET100 list with the best 100 energy start-ups of 2023, three finalists of each category will be announced.
  • 28 March 2023, all the finalists come to Berlin and meet the jury at the jury meeting to present their innovation. Then, on the day after, they pitch their solution at the SET Tech Festival and Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue on 28 March 2023. The winners of each category are announced in the evening at the SET Award Ceremony 2023.

Application Deadline

January 16, 2023.

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