Solar Startup Award 2024

Welcome to the Solar Startup Award, where innovation meets the energy transition!

SolarPower Europe, the association for the entire European solar sector, is here to support the brightest solar startups. As solar has established itself as the most versatile technology and cementing its role in becoming the leading power technology, we’re seeking smart startups to tackle the challenges of the energy transition, and present innovative solutions. This competition is your chance to showcase ideas that can shape the future of a solar power based energy system.

Who is eligible to participate? 🎯

For the Solar Startup Award 2024, we invite all startups active in solar power to participate, including, but not limited to companies working with: 
  • Solar power generation devices 
  • Solar system components including technologies, such as battery storage that support the flexibility of solar power 
  • Solar power solutions to electrify heating 
  • Innovative solar business models based on digital solutions. 

Startups must have a proven track-record, be no older than 5 years, and employ no more than 30 FTEs.

Prizes 🏆


  • Wins € 5000 (sponsored by Enerparc)
  • Free startup exhibition spot at The Smarter E Europe 2024 (sponsored by  The Smarter E) 
  • Opportunity to pitch on the stage during the Solar Startup session at the SolarPower Summit 2024 
  • 1 year of free membership at SolarPower Europe  
  • Name and website of the company on the SolarPower Summit 2024 website 
  • Video interview with winner recorded at the SolarPower Summit 2024
  • Q&A blogpost with winner to be published on SolarPower Europe website
  • Free advertorial in the monthly newsletter

TOP 3 finalists 

  • Opportunity to pitch on stage during the Solar Startup session of the SolarPower Summit 2024 
  • Exhibition stand with digital screen to present their company during the SolarPower Summit 2024
  • 1 year of free membership at SolarPower Europe 
  • Name and website of the company on the Solar Startup website, and SolarPower Summit 2024 website 

TOP 10 finalists

  • Name and website of the 10 short-listed companies on the Solar Startup website 
  • Opportunity to pitch to online jury

Timeline ⏳

08/01/2024Registration open 

07/02/2024 – Deadline for applications 

14/02/2024 – Announcement longlist (max. 10 startups) 

23/02/2024 – Pitch event (online) 

23/02/2024Announcement finalists (3 startups) 

04/03/2024 – Awards ceremony at SolarPower Summit in Brussels

Jury members ⚖️

  • Stefan Müller – Co-Founder and Board Member, Enerparc 
  • Felix Krause – Managing Partner, Vireo Ventures
  • Jenny Chase – Solar analyst, BloombergNEF
  • Michael Schmela – Executive Advisor & Director of Market Intelligence, SolarPower Europe

How to apply 🚀

You can apply by filling in this form by 7 February 2024.

For any questions, please contact

Finalists 2024

Longlisted Companies 2024

Previous winners








Fredrik Moger, CEO & Co-Founder of Enernite

Sponsors and Partners of the Solar Startup Award 2023

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