Are you ready for green game changers?

Connect with the world’s most promising cleantech start-ups

Our 2021 Global Final will see 70 finalists from 55 countries compete. They will pitch their socks off in one of the 7 green business themes. Expert juries select the Top-16 teams 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 event, accessible to all and unconstrained by time, space, travel or CO2. Expect 3 days of green business bliss: 27-28-29 October. Register for this free event.

You get to spot the next cleantech unicorns in these 7 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. Urban solutions
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. We are also looking for innovations targeted at climate-resilient cities with nature-based urban infrastructure solutions to combat extreme heat and urban flooding.

3. Adaptation & resilience
Climate change creates worldwide challenges. Some regions, communities, and ecosystems are particularly vulnerable to climate volatility.
This theme focuses on ideas that provide products or services that build agility, response-readiness, and climate resilience. For example educational tools on climate risks and impacts; technologies or tools that prevent or reduce the effects of this climate impact; or solutions that facilitate a regions’ resilience.

4. Food systems
Food production is a key industry to achieve significant climate impact.
For this theme we are interested in start-ups pioneering the global transition to climate-smart food production. Think: new approaches that decarbonise the sector, making it more efficient and productive, such as new agricultural techniques or food innovation and solutions for healthier oceans.

5. Sustainable mobility
So much is still to gain in mobility: 29% of all greenhouse 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 in vehicles and other forms of transportation, renewable energy use, innovative mobility solutions, and ‘mobility-as-a-service’.

6. Clean energy
The energy transition requires bridging today’s systems to future ones. Hydropower, bioenergy, solar and wind energy 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 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.

Join us for those 3 days of green business bliss: 27-28-29 October. Register for the free event.

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