What being an entrepreneur has in common with a mountaineering drama.

By Catherine Early. (This article originally featured in our event magazine the CLP Daily #4. Michael Liebreich was one of the speakers at ClimateLaunchpad Global Grand Final, 2 October 2020) Clean energy tech guru Michael Liebreich tells ClimateLaunchpad Daily about the early years of setting up his business, and what being an entrepreneur has in… Read more »

Zhana Solutions

Reusing grease from industrial wastewater to make biodiesel. (But that’s not all.) Environmental tech developers for the industry; that is how they describe themselves. As such, former participant Zhana Solutions focuses on water management. One of the things they successfully developed is a patented electrochemical method to treat industrial wastewater more efficiently than conventional installations…. Read more »

Profile story: CLP20 global winner SOSEI

The tailored roadmap to regenerative farming During our 2020 Global Grand Final they pitched themselves to win 2nd place. An amazing accomplishment considering the fact that the project was only born last June. We are of course talking about SOSEI from Uruguay. What they do? SOSEI provides tailored solutions to help farmers ease into regenerative… Read more »

Growing impact during the pandemic

We are extremely proud of the way we’ve been able to keep our ClimateLaunchpad show on the (digital) road this year. We never expected to grow our impact in 2020. But somehow we did: over 3,000 ideas were entered in 56 countries. Due to some regional reshuffling and the Zoom format the amount of Boot… Read more »

The key to solving climate change. An interview with Michelle Winthrop

By Lucy Woods. (This article originally featured in our event magazine the CLP Daily #3. Michelle Winthrop was on the jury for ClimateLaunchpad Global Grand Final, 2 October 2020) ClimateLaunchpad Daily talks with Michelle Winthrop, Director of Policy at Irish Aid – a part of Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs. “If you are serious about… Read more »

Profile story: CLP20 global winner Carbon Craft Design

‘Made with carbon emissions’ Carbon Craft Design creates tiles by upcycling carbon emissions They won third place during our 2020 Global Grand Final. Mumbai based start-up Carbon Craft Design works on upcycling solutions for architects, businesses and consumers. They launched the Carbon Tile this year, as their first product where design meets sustainability. With every… Read more »

You think you’re green, but are you really?

By Catherine Early. (This article originally featured in our event magazine the CLP Daily #3) Start-ups should measure the impact of a product in the early stages to test assumptions and evolve their thinking. Product design, marketing, business plans, investment potential…there are many things occupying an entrepreneurs’ thoughts in the early days. Measuring their start-up’s… Read more »

Can we all take a green and invigorating breath?

Hey all, A promising time ahead for one of the world’s largest economic powerhouses the new team in charge is poised to make the US a climate leader. President-elect Biden is planning to reduce global heating within striking distance of the Paris Agreement. #gobiden He has already embedded climate experts throughout his transition teams. Fingers… Read more »

Profile story: CLP20 global winner CASSETEX

‘It is like a time machine. The competition helped us travel to our future.‘ A profile story on the ClimateLaunchpad 2020 global winner Cassetex “Representing Bangladesh for the first time in this competition, and competing with more than 50 countries. We are humbled and mind blown to achieve this recognition. Not only have we won… Read more »

Building local ecosystems to create global impact

All change starts small. That is why we believe in fixing climate change, one start-up at a time. It is also why we are constantly looking to add more regions and countries to our global community of green entrepreneurs. Local and regional changes can shape the globe. The world is an ecosystem in which we… Read more »

How will Europe’s Green Deal benefit entrepreneurs?

The EU’s flagship environmental policy combined with its COVID-19 green stimulus could be a boon for start-ups who are quick off the mark. By Catherine Early (This article originally featured in our event magazine the CLP Daily #4.) The European Commission needs entrepreneurs – their ideas and their inspiration. One of the commission’s most senior… Read more »

Solving water scarcity

By Catherine Early. (This article originally featured in our event magazine the CLP Daily #1. Sid Vollebregt was one of the speakers during our Global Grand Final 2020) Sid Vollebregt, Managing Director of Elemental Watermakers, describes how a surf trip inspired him to create technology that makes seawater safe to drink using renewable energy. “A… Read more »

Relive the 2020 Global Final, feel the virtual vibe again

“There is such a sense of energy at ClimateLaunchpad.” – Kirsten Dunlop, CEO of EIT Climate-KIC Across the globe we all had to translate all of our enthusiasm, hopes and spirits to the perimeters of Zoom screens this year. For our competition it meant we had to rely on internet connections, computer cameras, microphones and… Read more »

Man with a green mission. An interview with Diederik Samsom.

By Catherine Early. (This article originally featured in our event magazine the CLP Daily #2. Diederik Samsom was one of the speakers during our Global Grand Final 2020) Start-ups provide an important source of inspiration to politicians looking for new policy ideas, says Diederik Samsom. With a senior role in the European Commission as head of… Read more »

CLP alumni are attracting investors

As you know, we keep track of all of our alumni and their milestones in the areas of revenue, number of FTE, funding, climate & social impact. Each year we award the best performing start-ups with the infamous Impact Award. This year’s best performers were: Burgs Foods Bandora Systems mango solar Mighty Meat Ponera Group… Read more »

How does an international event cope with a pandemic?

(Image via Openclipart) BY LUCY WOODS (This article originally featured in our event magazine the CLP Daily #4) One inescapable difference between ClimateLaunchpad 2020 and previous years has been the monumental challenge of hosting an international event almost entirely online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While the pandemic is scary, confusing, and fraught with anxieties… Read more »

Press release: Cassetex from Bangladesh, Sosei from Uruguay and Carbon Craft Design from India win the seventh edition of ClimateLaunchpad

More than 3,000 entrepreneurs from 56 countries participated in the ClimateLaunchpad 2020. This year’s global climate competition took place online from 30 September to 2 October. The winner, Cassetex, is a solar-powered battery swapping service for electric 3-wheelers in Bangladesh. The team hopes to transition more than one million vehicles and save 0.47 megaton of… Read more »

Virtual event. Real winners.

Wow, as we are catching our breaths after three virtual and glorious green business days we are beyond proud to announce our 2020 global winners. Out of 3,000 applications in 56 countries the overall winner is CASSETEX from Bangladesh with their A solar powered battery swapping service for last mile transport. Congratulations CASSETEX with your award and… Read more »

The European Green Deal Offers Massive Opportunities For Green Business

By Stella Damstra (This article was also published on CleanTechnica) The European Green Deal is a set of policy initiatives all targeted at transforming the 27-country bloc to a climate neutral economy by 2050. At the same time, wellbeing and prosperity need to be guaranteed through cleaner air and water, improved health, and a boost… Read more »

Celebrating 5 years of ClimateLaunchpad in Ukraine

Celebrating 5 years of ClimateLaunchpad in Ukraine — the challenges, the achievements and the start-ups  ClimateLaunchpad has been fueling the growth of Ukrainian green startups since 2016. As the national lead in Ukraine, Greencubator has organised five national selection cycles and boot camps, and held four National Finals in most creative settings – from one… Read more »

Multus Media

Enabling competitive prices for high quality cultivated meat Multus Media is one of our 2019 award winning participants. They didn’t lose any momentum and aim to have their first product ready by autumn 2020. What they do? They enable the cultivated meat industry to flourish by developing next generation low-cost growth media for animal cells…. Read more »

Positive leadership paying off for Nigerian ClimateLaunchpad team

Positive leadership paying off for Nigerian ClimateLaunchpad team This is Tosin Ajide’s second year running ClimateLaunchpad in Nigeria, and, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the competition is still growing stronger. “It keeps getting better every year. This year we had over 300 applications!” says Ajide. Just like the rest of the world, climate change has had… Read more »

The end of fossil fuel. Is it here yet?

Has peak oil arrived and what are the impact and opportunities for cleantech Peak oil. It has been a topic of heated conversation for decades. The traditional definition describes it as the theorised point in time when the maximum rate of extraction of petroleum is reached, after which it enters into terminal decline. In 1962,… Read more »

The woman behind the mission to bring systemic sustainable enterprise to Pakistan 

Bridging the gap between corporate need and locally sourced potential  If there is one woman in Pakistan working relentlessly to encourage Pakistani public and private spaces to take a more integrated sustainability approach, it is Hira Wajahat. Hira is National Lead for ClimateLaunchpad and Programme Manager at consulting firm Stimulus. Her aim is to bring… Read more »

On staying green

Dear all, Now more than ever we need to pull together. And that’s exactly what we see happening in our global green community. Our number of participating countries has grown to 57. And with the support of all of our national partners we’ve been able to create a fully digital edition of our programme. The… Read more »

Australian green start-ups are fixing the climate crisis

This week, six years ago, ClimateLaunchpad saw its first light of day in this world. We have been growing ever since. Time to take a closer look at regional differences. What does it take to create impact with a cleantech start-up on one continent or the other? What stories can be shared from across the… Read more »

How the Nordic countries are tackling climate change

Our competition has been running on a global scale for several years in a row now. Being the curious lot we are, we figured it is time to take a closer look at regional differences. What does it take to create impact with a cleantech start-up on one continent or the other? What success stories… Read more »

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