The winners of the ‘Start Up Energy Transition Award’, presented by the Deutsche Energie-Agentur (dena) – the German Energy Agency – have now been confirmed. Six start-ups from France, Germany, India, Bangladesh and Nigeria(Coldhubs) have received the award, persuading the jury with their innovative ideas for the energy transition and worldwide climate protection. A prestigious international jury chose the start-ups out of more than 500 applications from 66 countries.
In total 18 finalists were invited to Berlin to present their ideas and business models at the ‘Start Up Energy Transition-Tech Festival’, which has brought start-ups together with company representatives from all over the world. More than 100 partners and ambassadors from over 25 countries supported the initiative. Divided into six categories, the awards were presented before an audience of prestigious conference delegates at the evening event of the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue – the German Federal Government’s international energy transition conference.
Presenter of the awards were Patricia Espinosa, General Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC): Thomas Birr, Senior Vice President, Innovation & Business Transformation (innogy); Dr Katrin Leonhardt, Director of the Credit Institute for Reconstruction (KfW); Felix Zhang, Group Executive Director of Envision Energy; Adnan Amin, Director General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA); and Tanja Gönner, Board Spokesperson for the German Corporation for International Co-operation (GIZ).