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… Read more »
Every year we send hundreds of start-ups out into the world. After their training during ClimateLaunchpad it is up to them to create the global impact we need. 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… Read more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Dear all, The world has been turned upside down. We hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. Our hearts go out to anyone affected by the pandemic. These times are challenging on all levels and demand all of our humanity and resilience. We need to strengthen community ties and support each other…. Read more »
Pakistan joined ClimateLaunchpad in 2019 and created a huge success with over a 100 applications by green start-ups from across all regions. Our National Partner Stimulus created quite a buzz around their National Finals and attracted a lot of corporate leaders and sustainability experts. Hira Wajahat, Project Lead Stimulus: “What we created here was an… Read more »
New this year in our competition is an award for the best performing ClimateLaunchpad alumni: the Alumni Impact Award . We sent out a survey among all our former participants with 6 key indicators for success and climate impact. The response was overwhelming… A big thank you to all of the alumni who participated. We are… Read more »
Wild Card competition big success A new way for our participants to gain access to the Global Grand Final is our Wild Card competition. This year 2,600 ideas entered ClimateLaunchpad in 53 participating countries. National winners (numbers 1 & 2) all automatically go on to the Global Grand Final in Amsterdam. All National numbers 3… Read more »
This is a slightly revised version of one of our best-read blog posts from 2017. You’re considering joining ClimateLaunchpad, but not quite sure yet if it’s the way to go for you. That’s fine, we’re not trying to win you over here. We just want to help you make the right decision. Your only concern should be: will… Read more »
Call for entries 2019 #1 Your green idea deserves business success. Get the knowledge and skills. #2 Your idea stays yours. 100%. We just help you train, compete & launch. #3 Your inner genius will shine. Work with the best trainers on the planet. #4 Prepare for global impact. You can change the world. #5… Read more »
CO2 absorbent building blocks. A way to turn waste into energy with microbial fuel cells. Technology that puts a stop to grain waste. Those ideas won our 2018 competition. Out of the record number of 1,500 ideas entered in the record amount of 44 countries, these start-ups are among the crème de la crème of… Read more »
Yet another generation of cleantech entrepreneurs is set to tackle climate change. Green start-up ECO2Blocks from Portugal won ClimateLaunchpad’s fifth edition. They are building a business with the production of masonry blocks with 100% industrial waste-based materials, carbon dioxide and non-potable water. Second prize winner is JSP from India; they developed a microbial fuel cell… Read more »
Last year we thought we couldn’t be more proud when Forbes spotted our 2016 finalist Chrysalix Technologies as one of the most promising entrepreneurs on the 30-Under-30 2017. Turns out we can be more proud. This year our youngest participant ever features on the list on which only the brightest young entrepreneurs, innovators and game… Read more »
ClimateLaunchpad presents the next generation of cleantech entrepreneurs ready to fix climate change. Limassol, 19 October 2017 – Start-up Bio Alkanol Gel from Kenya won ClimateLaunchpad’s fourth edition. Their business idea is based on their technology to obtain liquid fuel from waste materials. Second prize goes to MeduSOIL from Switzerland; they developed microbe cement. Vienna… Read more »
“It’s gonna be big, get ready for scale and it’s not going to end tomorrow”, keynote speaker Danny Kennedy on fixing climate change Sunny and vibrant Cyprus today set the perfect stage for our Global Grand Final with the historic location provided by Carob Mills in the middle of Limassol the best possible spot. In… Read more »
2017 Austrian National Finals winner Elena Yaneva talked to us about what happened since she discovered ClimateLaunchpad. Here’s what she had to say. Having an idea is the only requirement “Ricarda Schmidt from [sic!] Students’ Innovation Centre, the official organizers of ClimateLaunchpad in Austria, handed me this flyer. In big letters it said: ‘Got a… Read more »
You’re about to enter ClimateLaunchpad or have already done so. And of course you are as serious as we are about tackling climate change. So you’re not in it just for the ride. You want to win this thing and be on your way to create global impact. Right? We’ve seen hundreds of green business… Read more »
How to land yourself on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list. ClimateLaunchpad 2016 finalist Chrysalix Technologies did it. No less than thirteen of Climate-KIC’s entrepreneurs feature in Forbes 30-Under-30 Europe 2017. Only the brightest young entrepreneurs, innovators and game changers find a spot on that list. ClimateLaunchpad 2016 finalist Chrysalix Technologies is one of them…. Read more »
How many applications did ClimateLaunchpad get in 2016? How many green ideas were selected? And who won the Grand Final? Check out our data from 2016 in this visual. Because who doesn’t love an infographic?
“The best one can do is to keep on reminding people with ideas in the early stage to keep going on after each small failure because it only makes you stronger. The bigger you think and the more persistent you are, the higher you reach!”
And the winners are…
“Tension rising. 90 teams pitching. 4 awards ready for a new owner.”
“You’re setting the bar on cool”
This year’s EU Finals are shaping up nicely. There will be cookies made of insects and leather made of mushrooms. There will be water saving and water purification. There will even be wheels and windmills.
Estonia in Autumn is magical and so are the ClimateLaunchpad EU Finals.
Europe’s largest business idea competition, ClimateLaunchpad, is organized by Climate-KIC. Its purpose is to unlock Europe’s cleantech potential and to accelerate innovations that address climate change. Teams from 30 European countries pitch their cleantech business ideas on 7 and 8 October to a jury in Tallinn, Estonia. A total of 90 teams will compete for funding and the chance to enter into the Climate-KIC startup Accelerator.
What kinds of issues are being tackled by the National Finalists competing at the ClimateLaunchpad EU Finals? Check out our visualizations and find out.
The program for the ClimateLaunchpad EU Finals in Tallinn is taking shape. On October 7 and 8, around 90 national finalists will gather in the Silicon Valley of Europe to pitch their ideas for sustainable low carbon businesses. They won’t be alone. They will be joined by investors, entrepreneurs, educators, and activists.
90 teams and scores of innovative people staying calm and tackling climate change will welcome journalists at the ClimateLaunchpad EU Finals in Tallinn.
- The Netherlands
- UK (Birmingham)