Networking for "green" start-ups in Germany
  • © Rolf Schulten
  • © Rolf Schulten

StartGreen Award 2018

Networking Forum & Award Ceremony

  • November 15th, 2018

The award ceremony for the StartGreen Award 2018 will take place on 15 November 2018 at the Federal Environment Ministry in Berlin as part of the Startup Week Germany.

Interested parties can now register for the event. Participation is free of charge. Click here to register.

The leading start-up prize for sustainability solutions in Germany will be awarded for the fourth time in a row in 2018. The focus is on networking green start-ups, companies, investors, funding institutions and political pioneers for a green economy.

Community award for the green start-up scene

This year, the Community Award for the green start-up scene will be presented in three categories: Founding concept (not yet founded), start-up (up to 5 years) and energy of the future (0-15 years). For the first time, the SGA is looking for concepts and start-ups in the “Energy of the Future” category that work on solutions for the sustainable production and use of energy. The category is supported by the energy supplier EWE.

From 4 October, the green start-up community will be able to participate in a public voting to determine who is worthy of the award. The final pitch before a jury of experts will be about cash and non-cash prizes worth more than 60,000 euros. In addition to a cash prize of 5,000 euros per category, the #SGA18 main partner SDG Investments offers to register the finalists in the “Start-up” and “Energy of the Future” categories on the SDG Investments platform (equivalent to 5,000 euros each).

With StartGreen Award 2018 to San Francisco

All applications in the “Start-up” category also have the opportunity to qualify for the Cleantech Open Ideas Challenge in California. The international competition for cleantech companies will take place in San Francisco (USA) in 2019. The three selected winners of the German preselection are nominated for the final. In addition to the travel costs, the teams will receive a coaching package and mentoring to prepare them for competition as well as intensive on-site support. This prize is made possible by the main partner RKW Kompetenzzentrum.

The candidates chosen for the StartGreen Awards 2016 and 2017 were very successful on the international stage. At the Cleantech Open Global Ideas Challenge 2017 in San Francisco (USA), the Interpanel and Intrapore start-ups prevailed against international competitors in the “Scale Track” and “Growth Track” categories. In the following year, the start-up Matteco achieved the 2nd place in the category “Seed Track”, Ineratec, a spin-off of KIT, could win as another German representative in its category “Scale Track”.

StartGreen@School promotes young talent

Once again this year, green student companies will be honoured with the StartGreen@School Award at the awards ceremony. The winners have already been nominated. The exact placement will be announced at the award ceremony.

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