Green start-up scene: The StartGreen Award goes into its 5th round

Since 2015, the most important national award of the Green Economy has supported the networking of green start-ups, companies, investors, funding institutions and political pioneers for a green economy.

Until 31 July 2019, founders can apply with innovations in the field of climate protection and sustainability. In addition to cash and non-cash prizes worth over €60,000, the award also offers access to an extensive network of investors and start-up supporters.

One in four start-ups in Germany is green - sustainable business ideas are becoming the economic engine. The StartGreen Award recognizes the best projects and the Green Economy.

On 20 November 2019, the most important national prize of the green start-up scene will be awarded for the fifth time. It supports innovative start-ups in the field of climate protection and sustainability and gives them visibility on the German and European scene. Through its close involvement in the community, the award has established itself as a valuable instrument. The high success rate of its finalists in other national and international competitions strengthens the entire green start-up scene.

This year, founders can apply in 4 categories. There are cash and non-cash prizes with a total value of over 60,000 euros to be won.

Foundation concepts (not yet founded)
Start-ups (founded, 0-10 years)
Future Mobility - powered by InnoEnergy (founded, 0-10 years)
SDG 12: Circular Economy - powered by SDG-INVESTMENTS with support from FUNKELFEUER (founded, 0-10 years)
The green start-up scene in Germany is actively involved in shaping the process: In this way they can build networks and learn from each other. The network idea is also reflected in the structure of the award ceremony. In the semi-finals, the green start-up scene decides on its favourites through a public vote. In the final, a jury of experts will select the winners from the finalists during the international start-up week.

The StartGreen Award is under the patronage of Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze. The main partners of the StartGreen Award 2019 are: SDG Investments, InnoEnergy and the RKW Competence Centre.

All information at a glance:

Application deadline: 01.06. - 31.07.2019

Apply here:


About StartGreen:

StartGreen is the largest German-speaking network of green start-ups and investors. Start-ups, investors and founders of the Green Economy meet here with a focus on Cleantech, Greentech and climate protection. The network is open to all organisations of the green start-up scene. The creation of profiles and the use of the network is free of charge.

Borderstep Institute for Innovation and Sustainability:

Borderstep is an independent and non-profit scientific institution that researches the future and examines what comes (innovation) and what remains (sustainability). The focus is on the development of problem solutions and action strategies for a sustainable economy.