Ecosummit Award 2014

Ecosummit Award

Ecosummit is the smart green innovation conference for startups, investors and corporates. The 3rd annual Ecosummit Award 2014 is part of Ecosummit Berlin 2014 on 3-4 June and brings publicity and €6K prize money to the most promising smart green startups in Europe. From a VC’s point of view, the Ecosummit Award is about finding the best startups with the highest chances for a successful exit to distribute good returns to its investors and founders.

The 3 winners of Ecosummit Award 2014 are Sonnenbatterie, Sunfire and Orcan Energy. We nominated 49 hot startups from 13 countries that were judged by 39 industry experts.

ECO14 Berlin Award Winners

ECO14 Berlin Award Winners

Jury

We are assembling an awesome ECO14 Award jury representing smart green VCs, corporates, service providers and specialised press. To select the ECO14 Award winners, the members of the jury assess product innovation (product market fit and technology USP), business potential (business model, revenues and competitiveness) and environmental impact.

Prizes

€3.000, €2.000 and €1.000 plus 2 ECO14 Berlin tickets go to the 3 best startups that convince the jury and collect the most jury votes. The judges select their top 3 startups until 25 May 2014. The winners of the ECO14 Award will be announced at ECO14 Berlin on Tuesday, 3 June 2014.

  1. Gold: €3.000 + 2 ECO14 Berlin tickets
  2. Silver: €2.000 + 2 ECO14 Berlin tickets
  3. Bronze: €1.000 + 2 ECO14 Berlin tickets

Application

ECO14 Award applications are accepted until 20 May 2014. You should only apply for the ECO14 Award if you are a smart green startup and have an innovative product with promising business potential and positive environmental impact. To get nominated you should have reached several milestones (company foundation, experienced management team, advanced product development, backing from angels or VCs, strategic partners, promising customer feedback or revenues).

To apply for the ECO14 Award, first we invite you to create a startup profile on Ecosummit Market. Once your startup profile is complete, you can apply for the award by clicking on “Apply for ECO14 Award.” The more information you publish on your startup profile, the easier it is for the ECO14 Award jury to judge the business potential of your startup.

We want to benefit from the intelligence and reach of our community to find the best startups. Thus, we appreciate your help with spreading the word and motivating the best smart green startups you know to apply for the Ecosummit Award 2014.

Award ceremony and party

In the evening of the first ECO14 Berlin conference day, Tuesday, 3 June 2014, we will celebrate the big ECO14 Award party at the fantastic Radialsystem featuring award ceremony, healthy dinner buffet, delicious drinks, groovy music and an awesome guestlist.

No Facebook voting in 2014

This year we won’t run the Facebook voting and rather rely on the expertise of our smart green jury to identify the most promising smart greens startups. In the past 2 years, we have learned that the Facebook voting is quite unfair for startups with B2B business models that have smaller target groups and are often not active on Facebook. Moreover, the ability of mobilising Facebook votes (likes) turns out not to be a proof for the business potential of startups. Finally, in our user experience the quality of the Facebook timeline has severely deteriorated during the last months as Facebook’s algorithms now favour irrelevant paying advertisers over content with personal relevance.

Ecosummit Award 2013

43 smart green startups were nominated and judged by the Facebook community and our expert jury. Here is the article presenting the 6 winners of Ecosummit Award 2013.

ECO13 Berlin Award Winners

Ecosummit Award 2012

And the winners of Ecosummit Award 2012 are:

Jury Voting: 1. Smart Hydro Power 2. Heliatek 3. Carpooling.com

Facebook Voting: 1. Blablacar 2. Carpooling.com 3. MyCO2

Here’s the list of all ECO12 Award nominees and winners.

Ecosummit 2012 Award Winners on stage

ECO12 Laing Concert

ECO12 Berlin Audience