June 26-28 2015 – The ClimateLaunchpad Boot Camp in Estonia kicked off with a meet and greet dinner on June 26th, at the small sailors’ village Käsmu by the Baltic Sea. At that inspirational spot all teams had an opportunity to introduce their innovative ideas by using modeling clay. That way the 10 selected teams… Read more »
(a bit of wine, a bit of sea and state your DEAL!) Glyfada, June 13-14 2015 – There’s a Greek Eurovision song from the 70’s called “ligo krasi, ligo thalassa ke to agori mou” (“a bit of wine, a bit of sea and my boyfriend”). Paraphrasing the song to the title of this blog, one… Read more »
Dublin, 23rd of June 2015 – The “A Green Space to Innovate” event kick started the “Sustainability Gathering 2015” and took place on Monday afternoon, the 22nd of June, 2015 at the CHQ Building, Custom House Quay, Dublin. The event showcased innovative cleantech entrepreneurs, and hosted the national final of the ClimateLaunchpad competition.The ClimateLaunchpad… Read more »
Frankfurt am Main, 28–30 April 2015 – To give us all a relaxing break before a 2-day ClimateLaunchpad Boot Camp, our first meeting was meant to be an introducing part – us to each other and Frankfurt am Main to those who come from other parts of Germany. We spent the evening of 28 April… Read more »
This year was the first time ClimateLaunchpad started the search for cleantech heroes in Lithuania. On the 29-30th of May 12 teams with different ideas on how to tackle climate change were gathered to gain some knowledge about business making. In the 2-day intensive Boot Camp realization models of ideas were questioned, analyzed and outlined… Read more »
Noordwijk 12-13 May – In a typical Dutch way of transportation – by bike – twelve selected teams arrived at the Dutch Boot Camp of ClimateLaunchpad. All participants were very exited to join and the diversity of ideas made it a vibrant and inspiring kick-off. In 2 days participants identified their target markets, adapted the… Read more »
Trondheim, 21-22 May 2015 – The Norwegian Business Boot Camp is over. Coaches Jakob Steen Jensen (Nordic Entrepreneurship Lead – Climate-KIC), Matthijs Baan (Business Coach – Climate-KIC) and Eirik Gjelsvik Medbø (ClimateLaunchpad Norway) gave the participants tremendous input regarding vision/dreams, product definition, market segmentation, competition advantage and value propositions. Despite an intensive programme at the… Read more »
In this video Frans Nauta, founder of ClimateLaunchpad, and Mike Goodfellow-Smith, one of our certified trainers, explain why it’s so important to empower start-ups to combat climate change. “Science is very clear about climate change. We have to fix it”, says Frans. For a green and clean future “we need thousands of companies challenging the… Read more »
Reykjavik, 4-5 May 2015 – Up north, where wind, ice and fire rule over the volcanic country of Iceland, 8 teams gathered to build on their ideas for future businesses. Ranging from geothermal energy pumps to aluminium smelters and electric driving applications and a true insect protein bar – the ideas in this boot camp… Read more »
Ljubljana, 21-22 April 2015 – The city is blooming and blazing in the first sun of the Slovenian spring. 4 teams come together to work on their business ideas. We are at the brand new Institute of Chemistry, where construction workers are still walking around fixing things and the building smells of the freshly painted… Read more »
Basel, 9-10 May 2015 – The Swiss Boot Camp took place at a renovated train station and an incubator for creative industries business in Basel. A very inspiring location to work on business ideas. A total of 7 start-ups came together to work on their business ideas, and boy you must really want to become… Read more »
Lisbon, 4-5 May 2015 – On the New University Campus of Lisbon, at UNINOVA , 7 start-ups came together for the ClimateLaunchpad Boot Camp in Portugal. Only a 10 minute drive from the beach, but with the weather being cloudy and rainy, it wasn’t hard to concentrate indoors. The main theme of UNINOVA is to… Read more »
Dublin, 23-24 April 2015 – It’s amazing to see the development participants make in a ClimateLaunchpad Boot Camp in only two days. In Dublin our 9 Irish start-ups gathered at the DCU Innovation Campus. Starting without knowing anyone (which of course doesn’t count for the WasteNot-guys, the only team participating), leaving some 30 hours later… Read more »
We tracked down Gareth Robert, one of the founders of Cambond. This venture came in 3rd in 2014’s European Final. A lot has happened since then, Cambond is aiming to sell their first products by the end of May 2015. We interviewed him about his winning idea and what has been going on since that… Read more »
Not only did Desolenator run a tight race in our 2014 European Final, The Guardian also listed them as one of the start-ups of the year. High time we had a chat with founder William Janssen to get an update on life after ClimateLaunchpad. First things first, tell us a bit about the idea behind… Read more »
Sara West and Alexander Torstenfeldt were 2014’s ClimateLaunchpad European winners with their venture Wavetube. They’ve joined the Climate-KIC Accelerator programme and are in the midst of accelerating their development. We wanted to know how they are doing and interviewed Sara. Tell us about Wavetube, what is it? ‘Wavetube develops a unique solution to harness ocean… Read more »
ClimateLaunchpad 2015 (formerly known as CleanLaunchpad) is now open for applications. Students, start-ups, entrepreneurs, researchers and employees dreaming of starting their own business are invited to submit their cleantech ideas.
‘It was overwhelming to get a glimpse of Europe’s cleantech innovation future.’ says Climate-KIC’s Deputy Director Entrepreneurship Frans Nauta about the Grand EU Finals in this interview…
‘… a start pistol shot of the day in the only way it was intended: the sound of 90 persons cheering, clapping and shouting. Doors flung open and everyone rushed into their assigned rooms to start the sessions. The Games had begun.’ An impression of the CleanLaunchpad finals written by project manager Sara Schützer.
‘Not only did the competition work as intended but most importantly: both start-ups and staff had an awesome time and were greatly inspired from each other.’ Sara Schützer, Project Manager CleanLaunchpad, is wrapping up this years’ edition in her blog.