The SEK 2 million energy challenge is back for another round.

We are currently facing one of humankind’s biggest challenges ever. Anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases must be drastically reduced in order to limit global warming to 1,5 degrees and avoid causing irreversible damage to the planet we inhabit.

Are you ready to take on the challenge? Read on to learn more about how to join this year’s competition.

The Challenge.

Startup 4 Climate is one of our most urgent initiatives to date. We believe that innovation and collaboration is key as we move into the future, which is why this challenge is aimed at young companies with ideas that can speed up the energy transition and limit global warming to 1,5 degrees.

The energy transition encompasses initiatives that promote the switch from current energy and transport systems to those systems and solutions that are smarter, more efficient and have the ability to reduce humanity’s negative impact on planet earth.

Vote now.

Be a part of Sweden’s largest innovation challenge within the energy sector. Scroll through our amazing contestants and push the “agree”-button to register an account at We Don’t Have Time and cast a vote on your favorite innovation. You can vote for more than one innovation and the list of participants will be updated continuously until the first of September.

Note that the vote will play a part in the selection of the shortlist. The final winners will be chosen by our expert jury.

The Submission.

Want to join the challenge?

This challenge is open for Swedish startups who, like us, want be part of accelerating the energy transition. Companies that apply must also meet the following criteria:

  • The applicant is a swedish registered Aktiebolag (AB) that conducts its business in Sweden.
  • The applicant has a maximum of 49 employees, this includes potential partner and affiliated companies.
  • The applicant is not publicly listed.

Join the challenge by sending the completed submission form to no later than the 1st of September 2021 23:59 CET.

The Timeline.

  • 5/5Challenge opens for submissions
  • 1/6Voting opens
  • 1/9Deadline for submissions

    Voting closes
  • 15/9Top submissions are shortlisted
  • 14/10Shortlisted startups pitch their ideas to jury of experts
  • 11/11Final event where the winners are presented

The Win-win.

What’s in it for you?

The best submissions will be shortlisted and have the opportunity to pitch their ideas to our jury of experts. Participants will also have the opportunity to interact with two of Sweden’s most well-known energy companies, tap into their networks as well as be fronted on social media platforms and news outlets.

The final winners will share a prize of SEK 2 million, as well as 3 hours of coaching from a jury member, to help catalyze their ideas and contribute to the energy transition.

What’s in it for GodEl & Ellevio?

As two of the Swedish energy market’s most well-known actors, we have a great responsibility in shaping the future of the sector. We want to promote the transition to a truly sustainable energy system, but we can’t do it alone.

Innovation and wide-spread engagement are key aspects for curbing the global climate crisis. Therefore we want to catalyze more actors and contribute to initiatives that can enable our common goals for a sustainable future.

The Jury.

Stefan Krook

Stefan Krook

Stefan Krook is a serial social entrepreneur with vast experience from the telecom, IT and electricity sectors. In 1997 he co-founded internet service provider Glocalnet which later merged into Telenor Sverige. He co-founded the GoodCause Foundation where he is also a board member. The foundation has started companies such as GodEl and GodFond. Stefan is co-founder and current Director of Business Management at Kivra.

Johan Lindehag

Johan Lindehag

Johan Lindehag is the CEO of Ellevio, one of the largest distribution system operators in Sweden. Johan has more than 18 years of experience from the energy sector. He occupied several senior management positions within Fortum Distribution, which in 2015 was divested from Fortum and became Ellevio. Johan is a member of the Board of Directors of the industry association Energiföretagen Sverige.

Jane Walerud

Jane Walerud

Jane Walerud has been a successful serial entrepreneur and private investor since 2002. She has invested in several successful companies, including Klarna and Lensway. Nowadays, the family business Walerud Ventures focuses on deep tech, clean tech and AI first companies. The current active portfolio is Volumental, Graphmatech, Ekkono, Swedish Algae Factory and Racefox.

Lina Bertling Tjernberg

Lina Bertling Tjernberg

Lina Bertling Tjernberg is a Professor, and Director of the Energy platform, at KTH the Royal Institute of Technology. Her research and teaching are focused on power grid technology for sustainable developments with special interest in reliability analysis, predictive maintenance and asset management. She is a Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE Power & Energy Society.

Johanna Mossberg

Johanna Mossberg

Johanna Mossberg is Vice President of Biorefinery and Energy at RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, as well as adjunct senior lecturer in energy science at Luleå University of Technology. Mossberg holds in-depth knowledge on topics such as environmental improvement assessment of industrial production and biorefinery concepts and analysis of industrial transition. She has previously been managing director of f3 – the Swedish knowledge centre for renewable transportation fuels.

2020 marked the first ever edition of Startup 4 Climate where two startups took home the grand prize. Check out the video below to revisit last year’s events and get inspired to join Startup 4 Climate 2021.

About / Collaborators


GodEl is the 9th biggest electricity company in Sweden. They are owned by GoodCause foundation that donates all dividends to charitable purposes. To this day, GodEl has donated over SEK 54 million to NGO:s such as the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation and MSF. GodEl is also a key player when it comes to sustainable electricity contracts. They provide only renewable energy marked as a Good Environmental Choice. Additionally, GodEl measures the company’s entire carbon footprint and invests in projects that reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.


Ellevio AB is one of Sweden’s largest distribution network operators. Ellevio invests in, develops and maintains the company’s power grids in order to ensure a reliable electricity supply to its 962,000 customers. By investing in a long-term sustainable power grid Ellevio works to improve the quality of life for its customers as well as to enable the ongoing energy transformation and the continued digitization of the society.


THINGS is the #1 industry focused deep tech and innovation hub in Sweden. They are a 2,000m2 co-working space for startups, connected to an extended community of close corporate partners, including some of the most successful and innovative export companies in Sweden. THINGS is committed to disruptive innovation and technologies, which are driving the digital transformation.


We Don’t Have Time is a social media network for everyone who wants to be a part of the solution. Being a member of We Don’t Have Time is free of charge and lets you create climate reviews as well as interact and follow other members. The non-profit foundation is based in Stockholm, Sweden and its principal purpose is to contribute to a reduced climate impact and an ecologically sustainable environment.