Our 2020 Global Final will see 68 finalists from 56 countries compete. They will pitch their socks off in one of 8 green business themes. Expert juries select the Top-2 teams per theme to battle it out for the global win during the Grand Final on the last day of the event.
Join us for the fully virtual conference, accessible to all and unconstrained by time, space, travel or CO2. Expect 3 days of green business bliss: September 30 – October 2. Register for this free event.
There will be live keynotes, interactive masterclasses, live CLP TV, networking sessions and inspiration. And of course the world’s best green start-ups pitching! You get to spot the next cleantech unicorns in these 8 themes:
1. Circular economies
Circular economies are regenerative by design and benefit businesses, society, and the environment.
This theme is aimed at innovations that decouple economic growth from unsustainable resources and greenhouse gas emissions. The three principles of a circular economy are to eliminate waste and pollution, keep products and materials in use and regenerate natural systems. In short: no more ‘take-make-waste’.
2. Healthy, clean cities
Cities consume 75% of the world’s natural resources, produce half the planet’s waste and generate 60-80% of global greenhouse gas emissions.
For this theme we are looking for business ideas that help transform urban environments into decarbonised beacons. And for innovations targeted at climate-resilient cities with nature-based urban infrastructure solutions to combat extreme heat and urban flooding.
3. Resilient regions
Climate change challenges economic development and wellbeing are challenged in volatile societies.
This theme focuses on ideas that help regions become more agile. We are looking for solutions that support carbon-intensive regions to transform into zero-carbon innovation hotspots.
4. Climate-friendly food
Food production is a key industry to achieve significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.
For this theme we are interested in start-ups pioneering the global transition to climate-smart food production. New approaches that decarbonise the sector, making it more efficient and productive.
5. Sustainable mobility
So much is still to gain in mobility: 29% of all green houses gas emissions are caused by transportation.
This theme supports ideas that catalyse the shift towards clean-energy mobility models. Focus areas: battery technology, smart energy management systems, renewable energy use and ‘mobility-as-a-service’.
6. Clean energy systems
The energy transition requires bridging today’s systems to future ones. Hydropower, bioenergy, solar and wind add complexity that old systems have trouble to accommodate.
For this theme we need ideas that evolve around storage, smart power grids, integrating wind, solar and bioenergy, carbon capture, CO2 mitigation of chemical and industrial processes and efficient energy use in buildings.
7. The next big thing
Game changing unexplored technologies is what we are looking for with this theme. Promising innovations with the potential to create massive impact on a global scale. The stuff that is not yet mainstream, but that could change markets, regions or societies. We are looking for ideas that make our jury members wonder of this is The next big thing to fix climate change.
This is a bit of a broader theme at the core of our competition. Within cleantech we focus on ideas that provide superior performance at lower costs; that reduce or eliminate negative climate impact and improve responsible use of natural resources.
Join us for those 3 days of green business bliss: September 30 – October 2. Register for the free event.