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The World CleanTech StartUPs Awards 2023


Visionary Technology Disruptor
(Paddy Padmanathan Award)

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Powered by ACWA Power

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In Strategic Partnership with 

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Pitch Your CleanTech Disruption

#CreateTheFuture #WCSA2023



About #WCSA2023 Awards

The World CleanTech StartUPs Awards, is an annual global competition that acknowledges and honors the most disruptive CleanTech startups across the globe. The competition strives to motivate and foster growth within the CleanTech industry by granting startups an opportunity to exhibit their innovative and disruptive solutions and attain acknowledgement for their endeavors in constructing a more sustainable and regenerative future.


Formerly part of the World CleanTech Awards, the WCSA2023 Awards has evolved into a specific awards program that recognizes and supports promising innovators and startups in the clean technology field. This decision was made by the WCA Jury to emphasize the critical role of startups in accelerating the cleantech transformation.


In honor of Paddy Padmanathan, the WCSA2023 Awards will present the Visionary Technology Disruptor (Paddy Padmanathan Award) to the startup with the most impactful, visionary, and disruptive technology innovation.


Powered by ACWA Power with strategic partnerships with Dii Desert Energy, CEA-INES (The French Solar Energy Institute) and the CleanTech Business Club, the WCSA2023 Awards judging panel includes industry experts and leading CleanTech entrepreneurs.


The judging panel will consider the following criteria when selecting finalists and the winner of the WCSA2023 Awards:

  • Innovation: The level of novelty and ingenuity in the proposed solution.

  • Feasibility: Is the solution feasible, taking into consideration technical, economic, and social factors?

  • Impact: The potential for the solution to generate positive environmental, social, and economic impact.

  • Sustainability: The degree to which the solution aligns with sustainable principles and contributes to a circular economy.

  • Scalability: The potential for the solution to be implemented on a large scale and have a significant impact on the clean technology industry.

  • Disruption: The extent to which the proposed solution challenges the status quo and accelerates the clean technology transformation through a disruptive approach.

  • The potential for the startup to attract investment or funding, based on the strength and experience of its team, business model, technology, growth prospects, and overall fundability.


By considering these criteria, the jury members will be able to identify the most promising and innovative CleanTech startups that have the potential to make a significant contribution to building a greener, more sustainable, and regenerative future.


Startups can submit their entries by May 20, 2023, and the winner will be announced at the WCSA2023 Awards ceremony on June 14, 2023, in Munich, Germany, on the occasion of The Smarter E – Europe's Largest Platform for the Energy Industry.

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About WCSA2023
Key dates
May 3, 2023

Launch of the WCA2023 Awards

May 3 - May 20, 2023

Submission Phase of participants' entries

May 22 - June 5

The Jury Evaluation Process

June 6, 2023

Reveal of the Finalists

June 14, 2023

Announcement of the Winner at the WCA2023 Awards Ceremony held in Munich, Germany, on the occasion of The Smarter E – Europe's Largest Platform for the Energy Industry

Who is Paddy?
Who is Paddy Padmanathan?

Paddy Padmanathan,  Non-Executive Member of the Board of Directors of ACWA Power, and CBC Honorary Chair for the Middle East is a seasoned engineering and energy expert with over 40 years of experience. 

Paddy Padmanathan led ACWA Power from its startup phase 18 years ago and transformed it into a globally recognized company at the forefront of the energy transition. It is listed on the Saudi stock exchange with a market capitalization of over US$25 billion.

Under his leadership, ACWA Power has today become a leading developer, investor, and operator of power generation, water desalination, and green hydrogen plants, valued at US$75 billion.


The company has a significant track record in large-scale solar and wind energy development, and is a leader in water desalination, serving millions of people around the world. It is now making strides in the production of green hydrogen with the first plant at scale currently under construction.


After serving as President & CEO, Paddy Padmanathan has stepped down from his executive position to pursue his own business ventures, however, he continues to serve as a member of ACWA Power's Board. 

He also serves on the Board of directors of several technology, construction and development companies all serving the water and energy sectors. 

Paddy's unwavering commitment to renewable energy and addressing the impending potable water crisis are enabling significant changes in the industry, creating opportunities for sustainable growth and progress towards a greener future.


He holds an engineering degree from the University of Manchester and a postgraduate qualification in civil engineering from the University of Lancaster. 


Prior to joining ACWA Power, Paddy served as VP and Corporate Officer at Black and Veatch a US Headquartered engineer constructor for over a decade.

Last but not least, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the CleanTech industry, Paddy Padmanathan was honored with  The Solar Future Today Visionary Influencer Awards 2019.


The judging panel for the World CleanTech StartUPs Awards 2023 consists of industry experts and leading CleanTech entrepreneurs.

The jury members will bring their extensive knowledge, expertise, and experience in the CleanTech industry to select the most deserving startup to receive the Paddy Padmanathan Award for Visionary Technology Disruptor.

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Prof. Anis Jouini



(The French Solar Energy Institute)

CBC Chair of CleanTech StartUp Hub

Chair of WCSA Jury

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Thomas Altmann


Executive Vice President - Innovation & New Technology at ACWA Power

Co-Chair of WCSA Jury

Jury Members

Anis Jouini

CEO at ECM Greentech; CBC Chair of CleanTech StartUp Hub


Prof. Eicke R. Weber​

Vice-Chairman at European Solar Manufacturing Council; Former Director, Fraunhofer ISE, Freiburg; CBC Chair of World CleanTech Awards


Cornelius Matthes

CEO at Dii Desert Energy; CBC Chair for Middle East


Alexis Issaharoff

Chief Renewable Energy Officer at Jubaili; CBC Chair for South East Asia


Andreas Fornwald

CEO at Rebirth Capital Partners; CBC Co-Chair of Energy Storage Hub


Dr. Rashi Gupta “Batterywali”

Managing Director, Vision Mechatronics; CBC Chair of Energy Storage Hub & Chair of Empowering Women Hub


Moctar Toure

Founder & CEO at SMART’ÉLEC & PARTNERS; Former Special Advisor to The President of Mali & Former President of CREE (Power and Water Utilities' Regulation Commission); CBC Chair for Mali


Paul Van Son

President at Dii Desert Energy; Visionary Advisor at CBC


Simay Akar

CEO and Founder, AK Energy Consulting; CBC Co-Chair of Empowering Women Hub


Zouhair Kefi

Director Division Energy & Home Automation at Heinrich Kopp GmbH, CBC Co-Chair of Smart Energy Hub


Thomas Altmann

Executive Vice President - Innovation & New Technology at ACWA Power; Co-Chair of The World CleanTech StartUPs Awards


"CleanTech Mama" Mary O'Donnell

Founder & President at Clean Power Inc; Honorary Chair at Empowering Women Hub at CBC


Dr. Claas Helmke

Founder & CEO of; CBC Co-Chair of Financial & Investor Hub


Jean-Pascal Pham-Ba

Co-Founder at Paradigm Partnerships; Secretary General and Spokesperson at Terrawatt Initiative; CBC Chair of Financial & Investor Hub


Dr. David Renne

Founder, Dave Renne Renewables, ISES Immediate Past President USA; CBC Chair of Solar Hub


Karel de Winter

Founder & Commercial Director at Hy-Energie FZE, CBC Co-Chair of Floating PV & CleanTech Hub


Mostafa Boulal

Founder & CEO at COREAS; CBC Chair for Morocco; CBC Co-Chair of Clean Water Hub in Charge of Africa


Rami Fedda

Co-Founder & Supply Director, Solar Juice Pty; CBC Chair for Australia & Oceania


Soufiane Naime

Business Development Middle East Oil & Gas Market (Energy Transition) at Bureau Veritas Group; CBC Co-Chair of Utilities & Energy Companies Hub


Paddy Padmanathan​

Co-Founder & Vice-Chairman at Zhero; Former CEO and President of ACWA Power; CBC Honorary Chair for the Middle East


Antonio Celso de Abreu Junior

Solar Pioneer in Brazil, Former Director in the Ministry of Mines & Energy​; CBC Honorary Chair for Brazil


Prof. Ad Van Wijk

Professor Emeritius of Future Energy Systems at TU Delft; Member of Dii Advisory Board; CBC Honorary Chair of Green Hydrogen Hub


Adamo Screnci

Hydrogen Pioneer; Vice President - Licensing & Business Development at NextChem, CBC Chair of Green Hydrogen Hub


Dr. Hitesh Doshi

Chairman at Waaree Group; CBC Co-Chair for Asia & Chair for India


Laura Azpilicueta

European Director ESS Business
CATL - AMPACE Technology Limited; CBC Chair for Spain


Murat Aydemir

Managing Director MENA at px Engineering; CBC Chair of Bioenergy Hub & Waste To Energy Hub


Ruggero Arico

CEO at RAMP Advisory; Vice-President at Confindustria Assafrica and Mediterraneo; CBC Chair of Utilities & Energy Companies Hub


Victoria Kerner-Alexandratou

CEO at WRE Group; Vice President at German Hellenic Chamber of Industry and Commerce

Pitch Your CleanTech Disruption

#CreateTheFuture #WCSA2023

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"The World CleanTech StartUp Awards 2023 - Visionary Technology Disruptor (Paddy Padmanathan Award) provides a unique platform for CleanTech startups to showcase their innovative solutions and receive recognition for their efforts towards building a sustainable future.

We are thrilled to launch this initiative and encourage startups worldwide to participate in this exciting opportunity.”

Prof. Anis Jouini, CEO of CEA-INES (The French Solar Energy Institute),

CBC Chair of CleanTech StartUp Hub and Chair of the Awards.

Pitch Your CleanTech Disruption

#CreateTheFuture #WCSA2023

Why Participate?

Join us in our joint mission to promote sustainability and contribute to a greener future. 


As Peter Drucker once said, "The best way to predict the future is to create it." Participating in WCSA2023 Awards provides an excellent opportunity to pitch your ideas and solutions to expert judges, network with industry professionals, gain recognition for your startup, and potentially win valuable prizes or investments to help accelerate your venture.


As a finalist, you'll be invited to the WCSA2023 Awards Ceremony in Munich, Germany, on June 14, 2023, along with accompanying activities held at The Smarter E Expo, Europe's largest platform for the energy industry. Additionally, you'll have the chance to participate in an exclusive TV talk for CBC Leadership TV, promoted through marketing and communication tools, and social media of WCSA2023 and all the partners, reaching hundreds of thousands of potential leads.


And if you win, you'll be invited to Dubai, UAE, to ACWA Power headquarters to present your winning ideas and solutions to the company leadership team, opening up potential opportunities for partnership or investment. Don't miss this game-changing opportunity for your innovative and disruptive venture.


Join us, share your ideas and solutions with the world, and create a better future! 

Pitch Your CleanTech Disruption 

#CreateTheFuture #WCSA2023 #TogetherWeAreStrogner

Pitch Your CleanTech Disruption

#CreateTheFuture #WCSA2023

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