The community prize for the green start up community
  • © Rolf Schulte
  • © Rolf Schulte
  • © Rolf Schulte
  • © Rolf Schulte
  • © Rolf Schulte

StartGreen Award

The StartGreen Award fosters green economy entrepreneurs from Germany. It supports innovative start-ups and exemplary start-up funding initiatives in the areas of climate protection and sustainability, as well as providing them with exposure.

Start-up teams and young companies in the field of climate protection, green economy and sustainability can apply for the StartGreen Award (SGA).

The leading startup award for sustainability solutions in Germany will be presented for the fifth time in a row in 2019. The focus is on networking green start-ups, companies, investors, funding institutions and political pioneers for a green economy.

Community award for the green startup scene

The community award for the green startup scene was awarded in 2019 in four categories:

  • Start-up concept (not yet established)
  • Start-up (established, up to 10 years)
  • Future mobility – powered by InnoEngergy (established, 0-10 years)
  • SDG 12: Circular Economy – powered by SDG INVESTMENTS (established, 0-10 Jahre)

The green start-up community can participate by a public vote to decide who is worthy of recognition. The final pitch in front of a specialist jury is about cash and prizes worth more than 60,000 euros.

With # SGA19 to San Francisco

All entries in the “Start-up” category also have the opportunity to qualify for the Cleantech Open Ideas Challenge in California. The international competition for enterprises from the Cleantech range takes place 2019 in San Francisco (USA). The three selected winners of the German preselection are nominated for the final. In addition to travel expenses, the teams will also receive a coaching package and mentoring for the preparation of the competition as well as intensive on-site support. This prize is made possible by the main partner RKW Competence Center.

In 2019 the Global Ideas Award went to SINN Power for their development of the wave energy converter (WEC), consisting of a series of individual modules combined and connected in one rigid structure allowing it to float on the ocean’s surface like an anchored ship. Through the waves’ up-and-down movements, the attached floating modules turn a lifting rod attached to a generator that produces electricity. The Global Ideas Runner-Up was German company kaputt.de for its platform providing smartphone DIY repair and premium repair services to prevent cellphone-based electronic waste.

Also the candidates selected 2016, 2017 and 2018 for the StartGreen Awards were very successful on the international stage. The start-ups Interpanel and Intrapore prevailed against the international competition in the categories “Scale Track” and “Growth Track” at the Cleantech Open Global Ideas Challenge 2017 in San Francisco (USA). In 2018, the start-up Matteco reached the 2nd place in the category “Seed Track”, Ineratec, a spin-off of KIT, was able to win as another German representative in its category “Scale Track”.

The award ceremony took place on 20 November 2019 at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) in Berlin.

Further information: www.start-green.net

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