Together with our innovation partner, EWS Elektrizitätswerke Schönau, we are looking for startup pioneers who contribute to climate protection with their technological solutions.

In the spirit of sustainable development, we are looking for triple impact startups that create social and ecological added value and at the same time have economically sound business models. This can range from explicitly sustainable technologies for more climate protection to technological innovations that trigger social change.

If this applies to your start-up, you have already founded it and the prize money gives you a decisive kick, then apply – and MakeItMatter! Ideally, you have already brought your product/solution to market, but that is not a prerequisite.

The EWS is donating prize money totalling €40.000, which will be divided among three prizes.

  • Prize: 16.000 €
  • Prize: 13.000 €
  • Prize: 11.000 €


+ + The prizes for 2023 are donated already. Updates on the new competition in 2024 will follow soon. + +


The MakeItMatter Process

Application Deadline Use the application form which is linked here (coming soon) and feel free to integrate a video about your team and your solution.
Jury meeting | Selection of Finalists | remote Each application will be discussed in the jury. An evaluation grid ensures an objective assessment based on relevant criteria. The 6 finalist teams will be selected.
Jury meeting | Pitch of Finalists | remote The finalists pitch to the jury. Afterwards, the the 3 winning teams will be selected. The ranking of the winning teams remains secret until the award ceremony.
Award ceremony | live The rankings will be announced and the three prizes awarded at our big >SMART> GREEN Startup Night.
Pitch at the Schönauer Stromseminar (electricity seminar) | live in Schönau The award winners are included in the program of the electricity seminar and present their startup on stage. For over 25 years, the Electricity Seminar has highlighted a wide range of topics and perspectives relating to climate protection, energy policy, community energy and the energy transition and has brought together the relevant players in Schönau in the Black Forest.

MakeItMatter winning teams 2023

MakeItMatter winning teams 2021

MakeItMatter winning teams 2020

MakeIt Matter winning teams 2019

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