German Energy Agency (dena) Launches Global Energy Transition Award for Start-ups

The German Energy Agency (Deutsche Energie-Agentur, or ‘dena’) has begun an international competition for Start-ups and young companies worldwide. The competition, “Start Up Energy Transition”,  aims to further the global energy transition.

The application period has begun, and companies are invited to apply with their business models and visions. Applications may be submitted at:

Since the launch many internationally-renowned climate activists and more than 70 partners from over 20 countries have indicated their support for the initiative, inc.:

  • Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the UN’s 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.

The initiative’s patrons include the Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, Sigmar Gabriel, as well as the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

The aim of the competition initiative is to bring pioneers and enablers of global energy transition together, and to establish an international network of companies, start-ups and sustainability-conscious organisations.

“We can only make energy transition and climate protection a worldwide success with the help of innovation,” said Andreas Kuhlmann, dena’s chief executive.

There are six categories in total:

  1. The Urban Energy Transition: for contributions to digitalised and sustainable cities;
  2. Cleantech against Climate Change: for technologies that are helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in a wide range of sectors;
  3. Future of Production and Manufacturing: for digital solutions in the industry;
  4. Mobility meets Energy Transition: for sustainable mobility concepts; and
  5. Platforms and Communities: for the expansion of networks.
  6. The special prize – Start Up SDG 7: will go to a company whose project contributes to the United Nations’ sustainable development goal (SDG) 7: affordable, clean energy for all.

The award will be presented as part of the “Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue” (BETD) in March 2017 in Berlin, where over 1000 delegates from 70 countries are expected to attend.

Photo credit: Material used in the preparation of this article has been drawn from dena.

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