Start Up Energy Transition Initiative

09 - 12 September 2019   |   ADNEC
Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of The United Arab Emirates
Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of The United Arab Emirates

About the ‘Start-Up Energy Transition’ initiative (SET)

Start Up Energy Transition

Start Up Energy Transition (SET) is a leading international platform supporting innovation in energy transition, comprised of the annual SET Award and SET Tech Festival. Powered by the German energy agency (dena) in cooperation with the World Energy Council, the initiative connects start-ups, international venture capitalists, investors and partners in the public sector. Across the globe, more than 100 partners from politics, industry, science and non-government organisations are involved. Read more


SET Awards

The SET Award is an international competition for start-ups and young companies worldwide who are working on ideas affecting global energy transition and climate change. There are six different categories applicants can present their projects in, all with the aim of clean energy promotion. 



SET is proud to present the top 100 international startups from the 2019 SET Awards. Over 400 start-ups from around the globe competed to showcase their solutions to the challenges of climate change and the global energy transition. The 100 start-ups come from 33 countries, 18 different sectors and cover all regions of the world. 

Download the SET100 list 

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What makes the list unique?

Climate change and the energy transition are some of the greatest challenges humanity has ever faced and those named on the SET 100 work specifically to overcome them.  While other lists purely stress innovation or business success, SET celebrates innovative start-ups that the international community of cross-sectoral experts has acknowledged to have the largest impact in energy and in the fight against climate change. Furthermore, the SET 100 is uniquely focused on start-ups. This is a celebration of innovation, of tenacity, and of companies revolutionizing the energy world. Of these 100 companies, nearly half are 3 years old or less who are ambitious and competent ventures.

SET-100 at the 24th World Energy Congress

For the 24th World Energy Congress, we will bring together the top 100 SET recognized start-ups from all over the world. Get up close and personal and find out how they're changing the world.

Innovation hub:
Sponsored by DEWA, they will be located in an innovation hub dedicated to showing their products and services, and the business models behind them.
If you are interested in exploring more, please send an email to Ben Bladon, Deputy Director, Project Management Office at

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