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Only a few days left to apply to the Start Up Energy Transition Award 2018

December 12, 2017

The Start Up Energy Transition #SET Award recognizes the most promising innovators and start-ups working on energy transition worldwide. Canada is partner country of the second edition of this competition which is organised by the German gov’t as part of the COP21 Mission Innovation agreement. The Trade Commissioner Service (in Germany and Canada) promotes applications from Canadian companies and Canadian expertise to the evaluation. The final at the Tech Festival in Berlin is organised as a matchmaking platform, successful applicants will receive significant exposure to potential customers and financial partners. The top three applications of each category will be invited for a fully accommodated trip to the Berlin TechFestival, additional opportunities for clients to get exposure are available.


Apply here before January 31.

Eligibility and evaluation criteria


Highlights and key facts on SET

  • SET is supported by large utilities and energy companies

  • The 3 most successful applicants in each category will be invited for a fully accommodated trip to the Tech Festival in Berlin (including exhibition and speaking opportunities) in April 16, 2018

  • Winners in each of the six categories receive EUR 10,000 (approx. CAD 15,000)

  • A Canada pavilion showcasing additional highlights of Canadian cleantech innovation (3  companies) will be organised by the Canadian Embassy in Berlin

  • SET 2017 counted more than 500 valid applications from 66 countries, SET 2018 is expected to grow

  • This year’s categories are Low-Carbon Energy Production, Intelligent Grids, Platforms & Cyber Security, Energy Efficiency, Smart Devices & Storage, Innovative Mobility, Energy, Water, and Food, Special Prize: SDG-7 


Additional information

  • A simple application process open until Jan 31.

  • Canadian applicants can obtain support from the local Trade Commissioner  Service: Arndt.Ulland@international.gc.ca.

  • The evaluation is a two stage process: 1) a Reading jury (approx. 100 sector experts worldwide) selects the TOP 100 applications; 2) a high level expert group discusses applications and agrees on the top three of each category. 



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