Press release: A new generation of global green entrepreneurs to lead the charge against climate change

World’s largest green start-up competition announces its 2019 winners Amsterdam, 16 November 2019 – They turn disposable diapers into clean fuel for residential use. Kenyan start-up Leafy Ke won the sixth edition of ClimateLaunchpad, the world’s largest green start-up competition. The second prize went to Maclec from India with their innovative hydrokinetic turbine technology. Enerdrape… Read more »

Our 2019 winners triumphed in Amsterdam

We just wrapped up yet another mind blowing Global Grand Final which was held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands on November 14 and 15.  2019 showed a record number of 2,601 cleantech entrepreneurs applying for National Competitions in 53 countries and 70 Boot  Camps across the globe. And now we have our winners… Leafy Ke from Kenya… Read more »

How the Global Supply Chain is Doing its Part to Fix Climate Change

Guest blog written by Cassie Pierce A growing concern for sustainability has transformed how companies are designing their products and marketing them to an increasingly green public. But these initiatives are just the start, as many have also begun making adjustments behind the scenes with regards to their supply chain — and rightly so, given… Read more »

Green Business Insights. Plus: Last Call GGF

Hey all, Remember that target we set to get in 2,000 ideas this year? We nailed that by July and decided to set a new goal for 2,500. Well, we just did a final count for 2019 and guess what? #2600 #yay All 70 Boot Camps and all National and Regional Finals for all 53… Read more »

The world is voting for our start-ups

Wild Card competition big success A new way for our participants to gain access to the Global Grand Final is our Wild Card competition. This year 2,600 ideas entered ClimateLaunchpad in 53 participating countries. National winners (numbers 1 & 2) all automatically go on to the Global Grand Final in Amsterdam. All National numbers 3… Read more »

How to go from the back of a napkin to a business with global climate impact

The EIT Climate-KIC entrepreneurship offerings: innovation for global climate action Stimulating the energy and enthusiasm of entrepreneurs to lead the charge with new climate-positive business models is a powerful way to address climate change across sectors and systems. That is why EIT Climate-KIC identifies, supports and invests in (aspiring) entrepreneurs in every stage of innovation:… Read more »

Rens

In 2017 a chance encounter in a Starbucks between two expat sneakerheads quickly turns into a discussion on fashion and its impact on the environment. An idea is formed: make the perfect sustainable sneaker.

Why women rock Pakistan’s cleantech sector

When our founder Frans Nauta recently returned from leading our Boot Camp in Karachi, Pakistan, he reported: “It was quite something: great entrepreneurs, great atmosphere. And great participation by female founders. Over 50% of participants were women, and they totally rocked.” We decided we needed to find out more about this. Participation by female founders… Read more »

Iron Roots

2017 Finalist Iron Roots is definitely on a roll. What they do? They found a way to run all plastics out of sports apparel. In 2018 they opened up their own online store and their products are also for sale in several (physical) stores.

$200,000 fund for our 2018 participant The Compost Depot  

Australian start-up, The Compost Depot, is on a mission to reduce the amount of organic waste going to landfill. They set up a community worm farm/compost depot in Melbourne for locals who cannot compost their waste at home. As they want to grow their impact they applied for and were granted $200 000 from the… Read more »

Deep tech early stage start-up? Enter Hello Tomorrow’s Global Challenge

Our partner Hello Tomorrow just launched their 6th edition of its Global Challenge for deep tech early-stage startups. The worldwide science & technology start-up competition designed specifically addresses the needs of deep tech entrepreneurs on a mission to solve the world’s toughest environmental, industrial and societal challenges. The Challenge gives scientists and deep tech entrepreneurs… Read more »

Seeking awards? Perhaps ClimateLaunchpad is not for you.

This is not your average start-up competition We are not a pitching event. You know what I am talking about… Those competitions that lure you in with the promise of gigantic sums of award money. You enter them just to pitch your business and if you somehow impress the jury, you become an award winning… Read more »

“The cleantech explosion is here”

Take a deep dive into the economics of a green future with ClimateLaunchpad trainer Ron Bloemers During a sold-out MELT Innovatsioonifoorum in Tallinn, Estonia, our very own trainer Ron Bloemers delivered the opening keynote: ‘The cleantech revolution is here to stay and what it takes to accelerate it’. With 25 years on his belt in… Read more »

The 6 main reasons to enter ClimateLaunchpad right now

Call for entries 2019 #1 Your green idea deserves business success. Get the knowledge and skills. #2 Your idea stays yours. 100%. We just help you train, compete & launch. #3 Your inner genius will shine. Work with the best trainers on the planet. #4 Prepare for global impact. You can change the world. #5… Read more »

Bridging the green business gender gap, one start-up at a time

“Missing out on women is missing out on solving climate change.” “When I started working with cleantech, the lack of women involved surprised me,” says Frans Nauta, Project Lead of ClimateLaunchpad. “We know that fixing climate change takes tens of thousands of ideas, experiments, initiatives and businesses. We need all talented and resourceful entrepreneurial potential… Read more »

Press release: Over 50 countries enter Global Green Business Ideas Competition to fix climate change

Delft, March 11, 2019 – Starting March, ClimateLaunchpad welcomes applications in over 50 countries across 5 continents for the 2019 edition of the world’s largest green business ideas competition. The programme is part of the entrepreneurship offerings by EIT Climate-KIC, the European Union’s innovation program for climate change. ClimateLaunchpad is set up to help aspiring entrepreneurs… Read more »

UFraction8

We spoke with Monika Tomecka, UFraction8’s Executive Director to catch up on recent events: “Since the 2017 Global Grand Final we received quite a few grants and several awards.

“Success as a start-up depends on how fast you are at solving problems.”

ClimateLaunchpad trainer Ron Bloemers shares the basics of cleantech start-up training. We sat down with our Boot Camp trainer of the first hour: Ron Bloemers (founder and managing partner of cleantech business accelerator Start-U-up in Amsterdam). His 25 years of hands-on experience with cleantech, renewables and start-ups is of unparalleled value to our participants. Today… Read more »

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