Inventing New Decarbonization Pathways

400+

Challengers

5

Tracks

50

Finalists

1

Winner

Top 50 finalists announced!

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Top 50 finalists announced!

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Accelerate your business with Energy Tech Challengers

Energy Tech Challengers is an annual event that brings together innovative companies working on solutions to decarbonize the planet and connects them with leading venture capitalists, corporations, and media voices. This is a fantastic opportunity for companies to present their ideas to a global audience and make valuable connections that can help them expand their business.

This year, Energy Tech Challengers is inviting companies to apply if they are working on technology solutions in the areas of green energy infrastructure, battery value chain, green molecules, or climate fintech. Additionally, we are also offering a wild card category, so startups tackling any other decarbonization challenge can apply.

In 2024, the focus will be on the most pressing net zero challenges and recognizing innovators with scalable and equitable solutions that have the potential to reach gigaton impact. If you are a company with innovative solutions to decarbonize the planet and are ready to take on the challenge, we encourage you to apply to Energy Tech Challengers today and showcase your ideas to the world!

Green Energy Infrastructure
GREEN ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE
Battery Value Chain
BATTERIES & VALUE CHAIN
Green Molecules
GREEN MOLECULES
fintech
CLIMATE FINTECH
wildcard
DECARBONIZATION OF X (WILD CARD)

50 FINALISTS. 1 WINNER

10 companies are chosen in each of the five tracks by a distinguished panel of industry-leading experts from leading corporations, venture capital, ecosystem builders and green media partners.

The Top 50 startups are invited to pitch live at Energy Tech Summit (April 10-11, 2024 in Bilbao, Spain), the leading industry conference of the year, offering valuable media and PR attention, as well as vast networking opportunities.

One single company will be announced as the ultimate winner of Energy Tech Challengers 2024 award.

APPLICATION CRITERIA

TIMELINE

1

Application deadline

February 9, 2024
2

Top 50 announced

February 21, 2024
3

Top 50 pitches

April 10-11, 2024 @ Energy Tech Summit conference
4

Top 5 pitches & Winner announced

April 10-11, 2024 @ Energy Tech Summit conference

Startup applications are now closed

Application to the ETC is entirely free and each of the 50 finalist Companies (10 per each track) are granted 1 complimentary ticket to Energy Tech Summit 2024. May the odds be in your favor!

Meet Top 50 finalists!

Application to the ETC is entirely free and each of the 50 finalist Companies (10 per each track) are granted 1 complimentary ticket to Energy Tech Summit 2024. May the odds be in your favor!

Meet Top 50 finalists!

Jury

Namratha Kothapalli

Namratha Kothapalli

Investment Principal @ Speedinvest

Danny Cotter

Danny Cotter

Partner @ The Westly Group

George Chalmers

George Chalmers

Head of Climate-tech @ Molten Ventures

Eric Kosmowski

Eric Kosmowski

Managing Partner @ Princeville Capital - Climate Technology Fund

Pippa Gawley

Pippa Gawley

Founding Partner @ Zero Carbon Capital

Santiago Muguruza

Santiago Muguruza

Head of Venture Capital Investments @ BBVA

Adi Vagman

Adi Vagman

Co Founder and Managing Partner @ E44 Ventures

Matthias Engel

Matthias Engel

Managing Partner @ Vireo Ventures

Mevin Kistnassamy

Mevin Kistnassamy

Founding Partner @ Blue Pelican Capital

Iris Jensen

Iris Jensen

Senior Investment Associate @ BayWa r.e. AG

Mikael Myllymäki

Mikael Myllymäki

Vice President @ Helen Ventures

Jan Palasinski

Jan Palasinski

Partner @ Future Energy Ventures Management GmbH

Paul Eisenberg

Paul Eisenberg

Investor @ Kiko Ventures

Allison Hinckley, PhD

Allison Hinckley, PhD

Senior Associate @ Fine Structure Ventures

Masaki Yano

Masaki Yano

Venture Partner @ Energy and Environment Investment

Kristina Söderberg

Kristina Söderberg

Investment Manager @ SEB Greentech VC

Mariana Costa

Mariana Costa

Principal @ EDP Ventures

Estibaliz Arenzana Saenz De Valluerca

Estibaliz Arenzana Saenz De Valluerca

Head of FDI @ BEAZ Bizkaia (Government of Biscay)

Derek Higashihara

Derek Higashihara

Principal @ Acario Innovation

Miriam Eaves

Miriam Eaves

Global Origination Director @ BP Ventures

Elena Ballesteros Rodado

Elena Ballesteros Rodado

Investment Analyst @ Hitachi Ventures GmbH

Amaya López-Durán Viani

Amaya López-Durán Viani

Head of Sustainability Intelligence @ BBVA

Johannes Weber

Johannes Weber

Senior Investment Manager @ High-Tech Gründerfonds Management GmbH

David Janashvili

David Janashvili

Managing Director @ CIBC

Heiler Wolfgang

Wolfgang Heiler

Senior Director Strategic Accounts @ Corinex

Quentin Dupont

Quentin Dupont

Investment Manager @ Korys

Toby Chan

Toby Chan

Co-Founder & Partner @ Audacy Ventures

Georg Schumacher

Georg Schumacher

Senior Manager Partnering & Investing @ AXPO

Alexander Hain

Alexander Hain

Senior Investment Manager and Executive Director @ Ewe

Martin Forstmeyer

Martin Forstmeyer

Investment Manager @ Inven Capital

Falk Müller-Veerse

Falk Müller-Veerse

Partner & Head of DACH @ Bryan, Garnier & Co

Tommaso Alderigi

Tommaso Alderigi

Director @ Neurone

Jordy Klaassen

Jordy Klaassen

Investment Manager @ Eneco

Beatrice Bohm

Beatrice Carla Böhm

Associate @ MVP III Management

Shanbor Gupta

Shanbor Gupta

Principal @ Clean Energy Ventures

Ander Muñoz Urbizu

Ander Muñoz Urbizu

Chief Innovation and Strategic Project Officer @ BEAZ Bizkaia (Government of Biscay)

Frederic Huynen

Frederic Huynen

Partner @ HPE Growth

Louis Fearn

Louis Fearn

Principal @ InMotion Ventures

Lourdes Dominguez Bengoa

Lourdes Dominguez Bengoa

Venture Capital Investments @ BBVA

Eriz Sainz Gurtubay

Eriz Sainz Gurtubay

Director of B Accelerator Tower @ PwC

Om Kaosa-ard

Om Kaosa-ard

Partner of Energy Ignition Ventures, the Head of Venture Capital @ INNOPOWER

Konrad Biniewicz

Konrad Biniewicz

Investment Director @ ORLEN VC

Yves Pircher

Yves Pircher

Investment Manager @ Smartworks Innovation

Alejandro Sole

Alejandro Solé

Chief Investment Officer @ Techenergy Ventures

Alberto Echeverri

Alberto Echeverri

Partner @ Adara Ventures

Emil Johannes Metsson

Emil Johannes Metsson

Investment Manager @ Enefit Ventures

Roald Brekkhus

Roald Brekkhus

Investment Director @ Eviny Ventures

Dominik Steinkuehler

Dominik Steinkuehler

Partner @ Vorwerk Ventures

We announce new jury members every week.
Stay tuned!

Join the BAT - B Accelerator Tower Startup Challenge

Would you like to meet some of Spain’s most iconic energy-related corporations? To promote the adoption of open innovation in the Biscay region, BAT – a globally renowned connected entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem in Bilbao, Spain – is looking for startups that develop new technologies in the energy sector. 

Companies that raise corporates’ interest will have the chance to do a sponsored trade mission, with BAT covering flights and accommodation. 

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Who can apply?

Startups that develop disruptive solutions across these sectors:

  • Low carbon energy technologies and circular economy
  • Distributed energy, self-consumption and storage energy efficiency
  • Development/optimization of solutions for consumers and prosumers renewable energies (generation, operation and maintenance)
  • Smart grids
  • Electric vehicle solutions
  • Energy storage (batteries)
  • Hydrogen technologies & high-temperature electrolysis biotechnology for sustainable energy solutions wireless & energy harvesting sensor technologies

What’s in it for you?

Selected companies will receive an exclusive invitation to the Virtual Demo Day and the chance to do a sponsored trade mission, with BAT covering flights and accommodation, opening doors to potential funding sources, heightened visibility among prospective clients, and other additional benefits.

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Who can apply?

Startups that develop disruptive solutions across these sectors:

low carbon energy technologies and circular economy;
distributed energy, self-consumption and storage energy efficiency;
development/optimization of solutions for consumers and prosumers renewable energies (generation, operation and maintenance);
smart grids;
electric vehicle solutions;
energy storage (batteries);
hydrogen technologies & high-temperature electrolysis biotechnology for sustainable energy solutions wireless & energy harvesting sensor technologies.

What’s in it for you?

Selected companies will receive an exclusive invitation to the Virtual Demo Day and the chance to do a sponsored trade mission, with BAT covering flights and accommodation, opening doors to potential funding sources, heightened visibility among prospective clients, and other additional benefits.

View detailsApply now

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