• Submission deadline Estonia

    May 27th 2017

  • Boot Camp Estonia

    June 17th 2017 -
    June 18th 2017

  • Final Estonia

    August 15th 2017

  • Grand Final – Limasol, Cyprus

    October 17th 2017 -
    October 18th 2017

Estonia

Our National Leads for Estonia

Meet Marit & Erki our National Leads for Estonia!

Marit:

What is your background?

I am passionate about fostering cleantech innovation and entrepreneurship. With a background in environmental technology and work experience at the world’s largest cleantech business accelerator in Silicon Valley and startup support organisation Startup Estonia, I have a substantial overview of cleantech trends and key players. I am also the founder and a Board Member of Cleantech ForEst.

Why did you become a country lead?

Climate change is one of the greatest wealth-creating opportunities of our time. Thus Cleantech ForEst aims to raise awareness about environmental problems and support Estonian startups with tools to create valuable businesses out of these problems. ClimateLaunchpad is a EU wide platform that helps us to achieve our goals and create visibility to Estonian start-ups.

Why do you think this competition is so important?

ClimateLaunchpad is the best platform for very early stage startup teams, who are developing green solutions. It provides industry specific mentor network, helps to validate your idea and provides European wide visibility platform. Several success stories have grown out from Estonian ClimateLaunchpad programme: Reverse Resources, Sympower, ReLade, Gelatex etc.

How does your organisation support cleantech start-ups?

Cleantech ForEst is a non-profit that provides learning and networking meetups (Cleantech Breeze) for startups, fosters green businesses through mentoring and Climate-KIC acceleration programme and links them with international support organisations.

 

Erki:

What is your background?

I have studied environmental technology and environmental management and engineering. My interest in the topic has grown rapidly and has led me to various business management studies as well as towards organizations and networks related to cleantech/greentech. I also have experience with two early stage start-up’s management and presenting and in addition to various competitions I have participated in ClimateLaunchpad program in two different countries.

Why did you become a country lead?

Seeing and being part of all the innovation and great business ideas drives me to want to be part of all that. My hopes for cleantech improvement and rapid growth are high and I believe that if one wants to make a difference regarding current pollutive economies, there’s no better way than to lead the change.

Why do you think this competition is so important?

Getting great ideas out of people is not difficult – but improving, guiding, supporting and leading the ideas towards actually making an impact, is hard. And that’s just what ClimateLaunchpad competition does – through detailed and high-class mentoring and support motivated and innovative business ideas get a chance for an awesome lift-off.

How does your organisation support cleantech start-ups?

Cleantech ForEst is an organization that promotes cleantech in Estonia, brings and creates awareness about the field and provides information about cleantech educational events and opportunities in Estonia and Europe. We support cleantech business ideas and startups via ClimateLaunchpad and Climate-KIC Accelerator.


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National prizes for winners

The Estonian main award for the three National Finals will be provided by Hedman Partners (1500 euro worth of services per startup).

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