Meet our award-winning portfolio companies: 2020 Edition

We have had the opportunity to invest in and partner with some of the most forward-thinking start-ups across the world. Over the past 12 months, our portfolio companies have been busy creating new technologies that are transforming the future of energy. Here is a look at some of the award-winning start-ups that have received recognition for their efforts to radically redefine the future our cities, homes, and global energy models.


AutoGridInnovation Awards and CleanTech Top 100 Leaders

This US-based software company uses data from their Energy Internet to help utilities, electricity retailers, and energy project developers manage their distributed energy resources in real time. They won the 2019 Innovation Award for the Best Industry Smart Grid Project in India  at the India Smart Utility Week Conference. Not only that, AutoGrid has been selected by CleanTech Group as one of the world’s top 100 cleantech companies for the 7th year in a row.

eSmart SystemsMicrosoft Partner of the Year Awards

eSmart Systems has revolutionised powerline inspection and grid maintenance by creating a software system that uses automation to make the process faster, safer, more efficient, and more cost effective. They were named a finalist in the AI and Machine Learning category at the annual Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards. From over 2,900 nominations collected from 115 different countries, eSmart Systems was just one of four finalists.

Fresh Energy #SET100 Top 100 Start-ups of 2020

Fresh Energy is a leading white-label solution for all smart meter data-driven use cases. By utilising large sets of hardware-agnostic data and an intuitive energy app, end customers can enjoy full transparency without any additional cost. As part of the Start Up Energy Transition (SET) awards programme, Fresh Energy was selected as finalist for the 2020 SET100, an annual compilation of the best and most promising start-up companies across all sectors of clean energy.

GreenCom NetworksWinner of VDE Award for New Community Product and CleanTech Top 100 Leaders

This Munich-based start-up is an energy information brokerage platform (eibp) that integrates distributed assets like solar inverters, heat pumps, battery storage, and electric vehicles from various vendors across the industry. They won a VDE Award for New Community Product by the German Association of Electrical Engineering for their real-time IoT solution being deployed in Bavarian villages to integrate numerous IoT products. GreenCom also joins AutoGrid on the list of CleanTech Top 100 Leaders.

ME SOLShareEmpowering People Network Award Winner and CleanTech Top 100 Leaders

SOLshare interconnects solar home systems into smart peer-to-peer micro-grids to monetise excess solar energy and empower rural communities to direct a direct income from the sun. They’re no strangers to winning awards having won Free Electrons in 2018. Following up on that success, last year they won first prize at the Siemens Foundation Empowering People awards in the “Technology for Basic Needs” category. They complete a hat-trick of our portfolio companies to make the CleanTech Top 100 Leaders list.

MojioDeloitte Technology Fast 50 Awards and Comparably Leadership Award

This Canadian start-up is the leading open platform for connected cars, offering a hardware-free B2C/B2B solution that connects connected cars with integrated partner services. They were named as British Columbia’s Fastest Growth Company in 2019 at the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Awards. In addition, this SaaS provider’s leadership team was named the Best Leadership Team by the Comparably Awards for leading workplace culture.

OriientTel Aviv’s Top 20 Startups, Real Estate Innovation Award Winner and 2020 InnoHubGameChanger!!

Oriient is a pioneer in the Smart and Connected Building space, creating a scalable indoor GPS system for malls, hospitals, offices, and universities that provides traffic and motion analytics with 3ft of accuracy. Not only did they win our very own innogy Innovation Hub #InnoHubGameChanger pitch competition, Oriient was included in the EqualOcean #20in20 list of the Top 20 Startups in Tel Aviv and received a Real Estate Innovation Award at the EXPO REAL trade fair in Munich.

PlacenseBUILTWORLD Top 3 PropTech Startup and PropTech Innovation Awards

Placense is at the frontier of data privacy in location intelligence, providing protected, real-time information about foot traffic worldwide and a double PropTech award winner. This year they were named one of BUILTWORLD’S Top 3 PropTech startups in the world for their work empowering decision-makers to understand people’s offline behaviors through machine learning and dynamic location insights. The team also won in the Smart Retail category of the PropTech Innovation Awards.

Qmerit10 Most Promising Supply Chain Management Solutions

Qmerit has created a distributed workforce management platform that helps companies vet, onboard, and manage external contractors and their own workforce. Qmerit was named a top 10 Most Promising Supply Chain Management Solutions provider by The Technology Headlines for the success of their algorithms and deep industry expertise.

Sterblue#SET100 Top 100 Start-ups of 2020

Sterblue builds software that helps drones inspect power lines and wind turbines. Their software uses artificial intelligence to precisely guide drones around structures, collect images to identify anomalies, and send reports of any areas in need of maintenance and repair. Sterblue was identified as the finalist in the Digital Energy Systems category of this year’s 2020 #SET100 programme hosted by Start Up Energy Transition.

T-RexBest Places to Work in Fintech and JMP Securities’ Efficient Fifty

The T-REX Platform provides tools for developers, investors, lenders, banks and accounting firms for seamless collaboration in the financing process. They eliminate inefficient manual processes using automation to improve transparency, efficiency, and security. This year, T-REX was named in American Banker’s Best Places to Work in Fintech rankings and for the third successive year named in JMP Securities’ “Efficient Fifty” which recognises private companies driving innovation and efficiency across the energy and industrial sectors.

TechSeeFast Company’s World’s Most Innovative Companies

TechSee is revolutionising the customer experience with the first visual engagement solution powered by Computer Vision AI and Augmented Reality. It enables enterprises around the world to deliver better customer assistance, enhance service quality and reduce costs. Fast Company selected TechSee as one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies in the Augmented Reality category for their leading efforts in combining AR with advanced computer vision AI.

Teraki World’s Top 70 AI Companies

Teraki’s AI-powered software product serves automotive and IoT applications (such as drones, robots, smartphones) to lower latencies, reduce costs and enhance machine learning accuracy. This German startup was identified as one of the key players in the Automotive AI stack and “Edge Processing” by leading research company CB Insights.

Vicarius TAG Distinguished Vendor

Vicarius is a cyber security company that provides vulnerability management system, threat analysis, security prioritisation, and protection against software exploitation. TAG Cyber, a research and advisory firm focused on democratising world-class support, selected Vicarius as a Distinguished Vendor in their 2020 Security Annual for their work supporting the democratisation of cybersecurity.


Congratulations to our outstanding portfolio start-ups for their industry-wide recognition. We are grateful for the opportunity to invest in the best ideas from the brightest minds as we continue our mission to redefine the future of our global energy ecosystem.