EPIC PITCH BATTLE FOR ENERGY TECH STARTUPS

Get in front of leading industry VCs to increase brand awareness, secure funding and make connections that convert into partnerships.

400+

Challengers

5

Tracks

50

Finalists

1

Winner

ENERGY TECH CHALLENGERS 2024 HIGHLIGHTS

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Accelerate your business with Energy Tech Challengers

Energy Tech Challengers is a platform that spotlights startups and visionary entrepreneurs at the forefront of the energy sector. This annual competition brings together the most innovative minds to pitch new technologies and solutions that will redefine the future of energy. 

Challengers benefit from unparalleled exposure to industry leaders, investors, and potential collaborators, making it a prime opportunity to accelerate growth and drive impactful change. 

Each year, the event culminates in a grand finale where startups present their groundbreaking solutions to a panel of esteemed judges, competing for recognition, investment, and the chance to make a significant mark on the energy landscape.

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)

How does it work?

A distinguished panel of industry-leading experts from top corporations, venture capital firms, ecosystem builders, and media partners selects ten standout companies in each of the five tracks.

These Top 50 startups earn the opportunity to pitch live at Energy Tech Summit, taking place on April 9-10, 2025, in Bilbao, Spain.  As Europe’s top industry conference, the summit offers unparalleled media exposure and networking opportunities. 

One exceptional company will be crowned the ultimate winner of the Energy Tech Challengers award, marking a significant milestone in their journey to revolutionize the energy sector.

APPLICATION CRITERIA

TIMELINE

1

Application deadline

January 23, 2025
2

Top 50 announced

February 12, 2025
3

Top 50 pitches

April 9-10, 2025 @ Energy Tech Summit conference
4

Top 5 pitches & Winner announced

April 9-10, 2025 @ Energy Tech Summit conference

Startup applications will open soon

Each of the 50 finalist Companies (10 per each track) are granted 1 complimentary ticket to Energy Tech Summit. Unlock tailored opportunities to strengthen your network, secure capital, and generate leads as a startup founder. 

Meet The Winners of 2024

Each of the 50 finalist Companies (10 per each track) are granted 1 complimentary ticket to Energy Tech Summit. Unlock tailored opportunities to strengthen your network, secure capital, and generate leads as a startup founder. 

Meet The Winners of 2024

WINNERS of 2024

ULTIMATE WINNER

Jolt Activated Electrodes – Jolt Activated Electrodes technology transforms electrode technology to unlock green hydrogen and decarbonise industry. Their Sparkfuze technology is a coating platform on which we can build multiple solutions.

TOP 5 CHALLENGERS

me energy – me energy produces charging stations that are able to charge a range of 200 km in just 15 minutes. The stations do not require a connection to the power grid, but produce their own electricity from bioethanol.

IONETIC – Designed with flexibility and customisation at its heart, IONETIC’s bespoke platform enables each battery pack concept to be adjusted cell by cell – creating a solution that efficiently utilises the available space, increasing energy density and vehicle range.

Jolt Activated Electrodes – Jolt Activated Electrodes technology transforms electrode technology to unlock green hydrogen and decarbonise industry. Their Sparkfuze technology is a coating platform on which we can build multiple solutions.

Renewabl Ltd: Renewabl is on a mission to make technology work better for companies, producers, and utilities around the world. They build tools to trace certificates to a specific wind farm, solar farm, hydro & green hydrogen plants on an hourly basis, helping accelerate the transition to renewable energy.

Members of the 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

Ugo Catry

Ugo Catry

Managing Director @ Princeville Capital

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. Energy Ventures

Mikael Myllymäki

Mikael Myllymäki

Vice President @ Helen Ventures

Jan Palasinski

Jan Palasinski

Partner @ Future Energy Ventures

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 @ Biscay Government

Derek Higashihara

Derek Higashihara

Principal @ Acario Innovation

Miriam Eaves

Miriam Eaves

Global Origination Director @ BP Ventures

Julian Gallardo

Julián Gallardo

New Business Development Manager @ MONDRAGON Centro de Promoción

Amaya López-Durán Viani

Dr. Amaya López-Durán Viani

Head of Industry Observatory @ 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

Elena Ballesteros Rodado

Elena Ballesteros Rodado

Investment Associate @ Hitachi Ventures GmbH

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

Quentin Dupont

Quentin Dupont

Investment Manager @ Korys

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 @ Biscay Government

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

Almudena Trigo Lorenzo

Almudena Trigo Lorenzo

Chairwoman & Founding Partner @ BeAble Capital

Eshel Lipman

Eshel Lipman

Venture partner @ Extantia Capital

Mario Sancho

Mario Sancho

CEO & Co-founding Partner @ Kira Ventures

Mike Lim

Mike Lim

Partner @ Energy Ignition Ventures, TRIREC

Fernando de la Cal Gonzalez

Fernando de la Cal Gonzalez

Deputy Head, Investment Promotion @ InvestHK

Carlos Fisch

Carlos Fisch

Partner @ Seaya Andromeda

Alexis Houssou

Alexis Houssou

Founder & Managing Partner @ HCVC

Luis César Castañeda

Luis César Castañeda

Partner @ Axon Partners Group

Elena Schroven

Elena Schroven

Head of Partner & Portfolio @ EnBW Innovation

Ismael Almazan

Ismael Almazan

Partner @ Big Sur Ventures

Jordy Klaassen

Jordy Klaassen

Investment Manager @ Eneco Ventures

Andreas Schlenker

Andreas Schlenker

Head of M&A, Partnering & Investing @ AXPO

Victoria Mozos Fernandez

Victoria Mozos Fernandez

Sustainability Strategy & Venture Capital Investments @ BBVA

Lisa Schneider

Lisa Schneider

Investment Associate @ Aramco Ventures

Alberto Echeverri

Alberto Echeverri

Partner @ Adara Ventures

Ides Vandorpe

Ides Vandorpe

Investment Analyst @ Korys

Roald Brekkhus

Roald Brekkhus

Investment Director @ Eviny Ventures

Dominik Steinkuehler

Dominik Steinkuehler

Partner @ Vorwerk Ventures

Benjamin Kafri

Benjamin Kafri

Global Head of Innovation, Client Relations and Partnerships @ BloombergNEF

Alejandro Sole

Alejandro Solé

Chief Investment Officer @ Techenergy Ventures

Shon Dana

Shon Dana

CEO @ Ignite the Spark

Carmen Moreno Morales

Carmen Moreno Morales

Senior Investment Associate @ Repsol

Jorn Fokkens

Jorn Fokkens

Falcon Change & Value Lead @ Falcon by Wipro

Mark Robinson

Mark Robinson

Finance Innovation Orchestrator @ EIT Climate-KIC

Yves Pircher

Yves Pircher

Investment Manager @ Smartworks Innovation

Nelson Nsitem

Nelson Nsitem

Research Associate @ BloombergNEF

Maciej Lehmann

Maciej Lehmann

Associate @ Future Energy Ventures

Koldo Atxutegi

Koldo Atxutegi

Chief Innovation Officer @ Ormazabal

Emil Johannes Metsson

Emil Johannes Metsson

Investment Manager @ Enefit Ventures

Kevin Kessler

Kevin Kessler

Investor Ecosystem & Venture Manager @ BRYCK

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