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Get the 2020 Energy Startup Map

Christina Marchand

Our energy system is changing: decentralized energy production, digital processes and applications, and the switch from fossil to renewable energy sources are bringing a lot of dynamism to the industry. One indicator of this is an extremely lively Swiss energy start-up scene.

Orient yourself around the Swiss energy startup landscape with the Startup Map
The 2020 Swiss Energy Startup Map, a joint project of the ZHAW Institute of Innovation & Entrepreneurship and Swisspower, shows around 250 companies from the energy sector that have been founded within the last 10 years. With this project, the initiators want to illustrate the breadth and diversity of the local energy start-up scene. The map shows active companies in the fields of energy production, energy supply, energy consumption, energy efficiency, transport & building management, as well as electricity grids and storage. A distinction is also made as to whether a company primarily provides hardware, software or services. The map is intended to improve networking between potential partners, i.e. start-ups, energy suppliers, public authorities and research, and thus promote cooperation. The young companies shown are a selection of the companies from this database. More information on the companies can be found in the search section. You can order a A1-Poster of the map from our Partner Swisspower.

If you are a Swiss energy startup, but are not on the map this year - just contact us, and we will include your company in the next version.


Energy Production These companies either manufacture the technology or use the technology to directly produce or transform energy, such as the production of PV panels or solar energy production. This considers both large and small scale, centralized and decentralized production. Also technologies that decarbonize production, such as CO2 absorption, reuse or storage can be found here. The focus is mainly on hardware producing companies, however many of those also provide software and services in their offer.

Energy Supply Services These companies provide services and software to manage the production and transformation of energy. This considers both large and small scale, centralized and decentralized production.

Storage & Grid Companies in this category focus on storage of energy (electricity or heat) or management of the electricity grid. Offers range from centralized or decentralized systems, from large (e.g. virtual storage network of heat pumps) to very small scale (e.g. mobile device rechargeable batteries). Grid software and supportive technologies help optimize new grid configurations or integrate renewables through modelled load balancing.

Energy Management & Use These companies provide software or services to facilitate the efficient management and use of energy (both electricity and heat) at the household, regional or industrial scales. This includes supporting well-integrated renewable energy sources, as well as the installation, planning, financing, billing and monitoring of self production-consumption (prosumption) systems. Additionally, this considers efficient end consumers behaviour and smart home technologies.

Energy Efficient Technologies These companies focus on efficient energy technologies for both electricity and heat with a focus mainly at the end of the supply chain. These companies often partner with energy providers or other large companies to access end consumers.

Building Technologies These companies integrate energy (electricity, heat or insulation) solutions directly into buildings. Companies provide both technology-oriented products (e.g. more efficient cooling systems) and software (e.g. integrated heating, cooling, lighting management) solutions. This excludes behavioural aspects of energy use in buildings (see Efficient Management & Use).

Transport Services These companies provide services or software related to transport and mobility (car, bike or airplane), including sharing platforms, fleet management, and low carbon logistics.

Transport Technologies These companies provide technology (hardware) related to transport and mobility (e.g. car, bike or drones), including charging station technology, vehicle production and transport materials.



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