Start-Up Awards

The Start-Up Award 2023 honors young, innovative companies that offer smart solutions for the energy industry. Your company must have been on the market for no longer than 5 years (founded in 2018). From all applications received, 5 companies will be nominated and will be allowed to present their ideas to the Stadtwerke audience on April 26, 2023 during the conference.

Stadtwerke 2023

April 25 + 26, 2023 Hybrid Edition

Crisis as an opportunity: emerging from the crisis with real customer benefits
Transformation, digitization, decarbonization - these buzzwords have been driving the energy industry for several years now, but operational implementation is still lacking.

The pandemic has given the topics a new boost and is now forcing everyone to finally tackle them in a practical way. How can transformation be brought to life? What has changed Corona? What other framework conditions complicate/facilitate change? Where can municipal utilities contribute to decarbonization? How can money continue to be earned in the core business and which services belong in the portfolio of a municipal utility? What does the future-oriented municipal utility look like?
Now we have to tackle numerous challenges to ensure the future viability of municipal utilities and their shareholders, the city and the municipality.

You can apply online here

Join and apply until 02/24/2023 - 23:59!

Contact person

Silke Nienhausen
Handelsblatt GmbH
Toulouser Allee 27, 40211 Düsseldorf

Evaluation catalog and outline of your application

classification: Generation, grid, distribution, trading, storage, platform, other
The Problem
The Solution
Business Model
Unique Selling Proposition
Added value for municipal utilities

All submitted documents and information will of course be treated confidentially.


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