Yuon Control solves the puzzle of sustainable heat management 

A proud and very happy start-up Yuon Control heard its green business idea declared the winner of the European Final. Entrepreneurs from Yuon Control took on the big challenge to optimize district heating networks that warm family homes and reduce energy consumption. Not an easy task, considering that, in their homeland Switzerland, the heating of… Read more »

Now we can make a change for the climate and millions of women

After an exciting Asian Pacific Final, She-Guard from Pakistan earned first place with their green business idea to turn agro-waste into biodegradable and plastic-free sanitary napkins. This start-up has a potential massive impact on climate sustainability and provides women with an essential sanitary product. “I am so grateful!” Radiating an overwhelming mix of surprise and… Read more »

African Regional Final’s winner Merge tackles inefficient shipping with digital freight matching platform

Surely it is no easy challenge to take on: resolve the inefficient trucking, millions of empty miles, wasted space, and excessive CO2 emissions that plague the shipping industry. But start-up Merge from Egypt nailed it. And earned first place in the African Regional Final of ClimateLaunchpad 2023. “We are ready to make an enormous difference… Read more »

Let’s waste less: innovations that prevent squandering are trending in 2023

Preventing good stuff from being wasted, contributes to sustainability in so many ways. Perhaps this is why waste prevention inspired many competitors of the 2023 edition of ClimateLaunchpad. The inventive minds of ClimateLaunchpad competitors produce a myriad of solutions to contribute to global green business. They augment food systems, enhance green mobility, clear paths towards… Read more »

Tales and Tips from the Winner’s Circle #1 MABE Bio

As this year’s cohort prepares to pitch at the Regional Finals, we catch up with last year’s winners. Read on to see how they’ve progressed, what they’ve learned, and their golden tip for aspiring entrepreneurs. Marina Belintani – MABE Bio, Brazil MABE Bio combines nature and technology to create materials. They reinvent the leather production… Read more »

Tales and Tips from the Winner’s Circle #2 WAGA

As this year’s cohort prepares to pitch at the Regional Finals, we catch up with last year’s winners. Read on to see how they’ve progressed, what they’ve learned, and their golden tip for aspiring entrepreneurs. Gibson Kawago, WAGA – Tanzania WAGA repurposes used lithium-ion batteries to create battery packs for rural households and businesses. The… Read more »

Tales and Tips from the Winner’s Circle #3 Divea (formerly 2D Membranes)

As this year’s cohort prepares to pitch at the Regional Finals, we catch up with last year’s winners. Read on to see how they’ve progressed, what they’ve learned, and their golden tip for aspiring entrepreneurs. Mojtaba Rezaei, Divea (formerly 2D Membranes), Switzerland With their carbon capture technology, Divea targets the biggest industrial CO2 emitters, such… Read more »

ClimateBasics Learning Sessions

Hey all, Blue Economy and Adaptation & Resilience are key climate topics of our time (and of our ClimateLaunchpad themes).  We are delighted to invite you to three upcoming ClimateBasics Learning Sessions.  Join EIT Climate-KIC subject experts Maria Loloni and Ayoub Derdabi as they take you through these important issues around climate change in an interactive… Read more »

The road to 1.5C – Takeaway of 2022

When will we phase out fossil fuels? When will global emissions reach their peak? Who is going to finance the loss and damage fund? These are some of the pressing questions that remain after the most recent edition of the UN Global Climate Summit (aka. COP27) In its Emissions Gap Report 2022, the UN states… Read more »

Entrepreneurial life after ClimateLaunchpad – Alumni Founder Stories

We always say it’s not about winning, it’s about participating. We don’t just say that. During the program, starting entrepreneurs learn how to build a sustainable business. Chris Roe of EIT Climate-KIC asked three alumni (and ClimateLaunchpad fans) how they are doing now. They talk about their start-ups and how they fared after participating in… Read more »

Let’s talk diversity

Starting a new business gives you the unique opportunity to build your own powerful and diverse team. Diversity is important. Each team member brings its own voice, background and vibe. And: it makes the market-fit for your start-up more suitable Watch The Power of Diversity in Climate Innovation Panel for interesting perspectives. With: Sara Eve… Read more »

How can we make climate finance better?

It costs time and money to develop and scale up much-needed disruptive ideas – how can we do it smarter? Tony Ofori, Director, Sustainable Finance Group at Bank of America, believes it is important to invest in green start-ups in our mission to Net Zero. At the Regional Final Europe, he explained why and gave… Read more »

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure: upcycling is one of the green innovation trends of 2022

What you toss in the trash can without a second thought could be worth so much more. Just take a look at the finalists in ClimateLaunchpad, the global green business competition. Within the competition, all kinds of ideas come forward, such as extracting energy from the sea, using deep tech to monitor agricultural factors, or… Read more »

Is climate-friendly behaviour too much hassle?

“Engineers have an optimism bias,” dr. Gerdien de Vries said in her keynote : It’s hard to be green. Reality check. Of course we – climate innovators – are thrilled about our green innovations and ideas. But how do we convince people to buy or use our inventions? Even if we know our customers want… Read more »

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