Inventing New Decarbonization Pathways

400+

Challengers

5

Tracks

50

Finalists

1

Winner

Startup applications are now open!

Apply nowInvite a startup

Startup applications are now open!

Apply nowInvite a startup

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 1, 2024
2

Top 50 announced

February 12, 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 open

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!

Apply now!Invite a startup

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!

Apply now!Invite a startup

ENERGY TECH CHALLENGERS 2023 HIGHLIGHTS

WINNERS of 2023

ULTIMATE WINNER

Hyperion Robotics provide optimized and low-carbon concrete products for infrastructure projects and industrial grade applications.

TOP 5 CHALLENGERS

Vertoro aims to speed up the green revolution by offering a bio-based alternative to fossil resources.

Hyperion Robotics provide optimized and low-carbon concrete products for infrastructure projects and industrial grade applications.

Entrix provides an AI-enabled optimization and fully automated trading platform for grid-scale battery storage.

Ureca uses innovative technology solutions to provide a market place for carbon offsetting that is transparent, affordable and universally accessible.

JURY MEMBERS

Aziz Rahim

Aziz Rahim

Principal @ Siemens Energy Ventures

Kristine Marie Kvalø Johansson

Kristine Marie Kvalø Johansson

Acting Managing Director @ Equinor Ventures

Anna Kudrnova

Anna Kudrnova

Innovation Scouting and Partnerships Lead @ BP

Hans Cool

Hans Cool

Investment Director @ Eneco Ventures

Lari Temonen

Lari Temonen

Director of Forecasting and Analysis @ Sumitomo SHI FW Energia Oy

Davide Garufi

Davide Garufi

Head of Low CO2 Built Environment @ CRH

Dr. Aline Vedder

Dr. Aline Vedder

Principal @ Lakestar

Łukasz Skarka

Łukasz Skarka

Investment Director @ EIT InnoEnergy Central Europe

Jesse Teichman

Jesse Teichman

Partner @ MacKinnon, Bennett & Co.

Terhi Vapola

Terhi Vapola

Managing Partner & Founder @ Greencode Ventures

Maciej Grzegorz Kowalski

Maciej Grzegorz Kowalski

Member of the Board @ Enefit Polska

Andreas Schwarzenbrunner

Andreas Schwarzenbrunner

Partner @ Speedinvest

Dr. Rigbert Fischer

Dr. Rigbert Fischer

Founder & CEO @ blueworld.group

Luísa Matos

Luísa Matos

Co-Founder & Chief Innovation and Product Officer @ Cleanwatts

Lisa Liu

Lisa Liu

Investment Manager @ UVC Partners

Nicholas Yiu

Nicholas Yiu

Co-Founder @ Intercalation

Dr. Till Stenzel

Dr. Till Stenzel

Venture Partner @ SET Ventures

Manuel Alamillo

Manuel Alamillo

Investment Director @ Alantra

Kai Martin

Kai Martin

Corporate Development Lead @ Baker Hughes

Rushad Nanavatty

Rushad Nanavatty

Managing Director @ Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI)

Priit Lepasepp

Priit Lepasepp

Founder & CEO @ Sunly

Sherif Elsayed-Ali

Sherif Elsayed-Ali

Co-Founder & CEO @ Carbon Re

Alice Vallienne

Alice Vallienne

Head of Ventures Portfolio @ Ørsted

Claude-Sebastien Lerbourg

Claude-Sebastien Lerbourg

Director of External Ventures - Europe @ Saint-Gobain

Dr. Michael Richter

Dr. Michael Richter

Senior Investment Manager @ EWE AG

Ayelet Elstein

Ayelet Elstein

SVP, Global Strategy and EMEA Operations @ Lakeside Software

Toby Chan

Toby Chan

Co-Founder & Partner @ Audacy Ventures

Wolfgang Heiler

Wolfgang Heiler

Senior Director Strategic Accounts @ Corinex

Andrea Canepa

Andrea Canepa

Co-Founder & CTO @ Net Zero Insights

David Bould

David Bould

Head of UK Ventures & Open innovation @ ØRSTED WIND POWER A/S

Eva Harasewycz

Eva Harasewycz

Venture Associate @ Siemens Energy Ventures

Derek Higashihara

Derek Higashihara

Principal @ Acario

Natasha Morgan

Natasha Morgan

Senior Commercial Manager @ Lunar Energy

Rasmus Udde

Rasmus Udde

Innovation Lead @ Sunly

Markus Laubscher

Markus Laubscher

Director Circular Economy & Regeneration @ Orbia

Jil Lindau

Jil Lindau

BNEF - EU Strategy & Climate Tech Investor Community @ BloombergNEF

Athip Tantivorawong

Athip Tantivorawong

Chief Executive Officer @ InnoPower

Jakob Ravn Hansen

Jakob Ravn Hansen

Senior Business Developer @ Ørsted US Ventures

Shon Dana

Shon Dana

CEO @ Ignite the Spark

Matt Neal

Matt Neal

Global Energy, Resources and Incubator Lead @ Endava

Eshel Lipman

Eshel Lipman

Venture Partner @ Extantia

Raamu Moneyam

Raamu Moneyam

Senior Associate @ BayWa r.e. Energy Ventures

Dinesh Ganesan

Dinesh Ganesan

Investor @ Equinor Ventures

Fredrika Svanholm

Fredrika Svanholm

Senior Associate @ Verdane

Axel Elmqvist

Axel Elmqvist

Sustainability Lead @ Verdane

Stefan Nagel

Stefan Nagel

Senior Business Developer @ Ørsted Ventures & Open innovation

Louis Brasington

Louis Brasington

Technology Origination Lead @ BP Technology Ventures

Miguel Brandão

Miguel Brandão

Product Manager, VPP @ Cleanwatts

Iris Jensen

Iris Jensen

Investment Associate @ BayWa r.e. Energy Ventures

João Marquez Filipe

João Marquez Filipe

Associate @ EDP Ventures

Kadi Steinberg

Kadi Steinberg

Head of Idea Hub and development of new products and services @ Enefit

Dafar Shaban

Dafar Shaban

Key Account Manager, Energy & Utilities @ Scalefocus

Robert Davies

Robert Davies

Product Manager in Trading Innovation @ BP Technology Ventures

Maja Krstovska

Maja Krstovska

Development Consultant @ Endava

Patrikas Feiferas

Patrikas Feiferas

Associate @ Contrarian Ventures

Marko Paavel

Marko Paavel

Business Development Manager of Flexibility Services @ Enefit

Harley Hayes

Harley Hayes

Innovation Specialist @ ØRSTED WIND POWER A/S

Tymoteusz Staniszewski

Tymoteusz Staniszewski

Associate @ Verdane

Maciej Lehmann

Maciej Lehmann

Investment Analyst @ Future Energy Ventures

FOUNDED BY

ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT ENERGY TECH CHALLENGERS?

contact usSubscribe

OTHER INITIATIVES FOR STARTUPS