Growing impact during the pandemic

We are extremely proud of the way we’ve been able to keep our ClimateLaunchpad show on the (digital) road this year. We never expected to grow our impact in 2020. But somehow we did: over 3,000 ideas were entered in 56 countries. Due to some regional reshuffling and the Zoom format the amount of Boot… Read more »

The key to solving climate change. An interview with Michelle Winthrop

By Lucy Woods. (This article originally featured in our event magazine the CLP Daily #3. Michelle Winthrop was on the jury for ClimateLaunchpad Global Grand Final, 2 October 2020) ClimateLaunchpad Daily talks with Michelle Winthrop, Director of Policy at Irish Aid – a part of Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs. “If you are serious about… Read more »

Profile story: CLP20 global winner Carbon Craft Design

‘Made with carbon emissions’ Carbon Craft Design creates tiles by upcycling carbon emissions They won third place during our 2020 Global Grand Final. Mumbai based start-up Carbon Craft Design works on upcycling solutions for architects, businesses and consumers. They launched the Carbon Tile this year, as their first product where design meets sustainability. With every… Read more »

You think you’re green, but are you really?

By Catherine Early. (This article originally featured in our event magazine the CLP Daily #3) Start-ups should measure the impact of a product in the early stages to test assumptions and evolve their thinking. Product design, marketing, business plans, investment potential…there are many things occupying an entrepreneurs’ thoughts in the early days. Measuring their start-up’s… Read more »

Profile story: CLP20 global winner CASSETEX

‘It is like a time machine. The competition helped us travel to our future.‘ A profile story on the ClimateLaunchpad 2020 global winner Cassetex “Representing Bangladesh for the first time in this competition, and competing with more than 50 countries. We are humbled and mind blown to achieve this recognition. Not only have we won… Read more »

Building local ecosystems to create global impact

All change starts small. That is why we believe in fixing climate change, one start-up at a time. It is also why we are constantly looking to add more regions and countries to our global community of green entrepreneurs. Local and regional changes can shape the globe. The world is an ecosystem in which we… Read more »

How will Europe’s Green Deal benefit entrepreneurs?

The EU’s flagship environmental policy combined with its COVID-19 green stimulus could be a boon for start-ups who are quick off the mark. By Catherine Early (This article originally featured in our event magazine the CLP Daily #4.) The European Commission needs entrepreneurs – their ideas and their inspiration. One of the commission’s most senior… Read more »

Solving water scarcity

By Catherine Early. (This article originally featured in our event magazine the CLP Daily #1. Sid Vollebregt was one of the speakers during our Global Grand Final 2020) Sid Vollebregt, Managing Director of Elemental Watermakers, describes how a surf trip inspired him to create technology that makes seawater safe to drink using renewable energy. “A… Read more »

Man with a green mission. An interview with Diederik Samsom.

By Catherine Early. (This article originally featured in our event magazine the CLP Daily #2. Diederik Samsom was one of the speakers during our Global Grand Final 2020) Start-ups provide an important source of inspiration to politicians looking for new policy ideas, says Diederik Samsom. With a senior role in the European Commission as head of… Read more »

How does an international event cope with a pandemic?

(Image via Openclipart) BY LUCY WOODS (This article originally featured in our event magazine the CLP Daily #4) One inescapable difference between ClimateLaunchpad 2020 and previous years has been the monumental challenge of hosting an international event almost entirely online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While the pandemic is scary, confusing, and fraught with anxieties… Read more »

The European Green Deal Offers Massive Opportunities For Green Business

By Stella Damstra (This article was also published on CleanTechnica) The European Green Deal is a set of policy initiatives all targeted at transforming the 27-country bloc to a climate neutral economy by 2050. At the same time, wellbeing and prosperity need to be guaranteed through cleaner air and water, improved health, and a boost… Read more »

Celebrating 5 years of ClimateLaunchpad in Ukraine

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

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 »

The end of fossil fuel. Is it here yet?

Has peak oil arrived and what are the impact and opportunities for cleantech Peak oil. It has been a topic of heated conversation for decades. The traditional definition describes it as the theorised point in time when the maximum rate of extraction of petroleum is reached, after which it enters into terminal decline. In 1962,… Read more »

The woman behind the mission to bring systemic sustainable enterprise to Pakistan 

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 »

Australian green start-ups are fixing the climate crisis

This week, six years ago, ClimateLaunchpad saw its first light of day in this world. We have been growing ever since. Time to take a closer look at regional differences. What does it take to create impact with a cleantech start-up on one continent or the other? What stories can be shared from across the… Read more »

How the Nordic countries are tackling climate change

Our competition has been running on a global scale for several years in a row now. Being the curious lot we are, we figured it is time to take a closer look at regional differences. What does it take to create impact with a cleantech start-up on one continent or the other? What success stories… Read more »

How cleantech start-ups are dealing with the pandemic

We all feel the impact of the current situation. Regional differences aside we are all affected, all of our lives are affected and all economies are affected. We got in touch with two of our alumni to find out how they and their start-ups are dealing with COVID-19. Pedro Silva Humbert from ECO2Blocks (2018 global… Read more »

Pakistan brings corporates and start-ups together

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 »

How the Global Supply Chain is Doing its Part to Fix Climate Change

Guest blog written by Cassie Pierce A growing concern for sustainability has transformed how companies are designing their products and marketing them to an increasingly green public. But these initiatives are just the start, as many have also begun making adjustments behind the scenes with regards to their supply chain — and rightly so, given… Read more »

How to go from the back of a napkin to a business with global climate impact

The EIT Climate-KIC entrepreneurship offerings: innovation for global climate action Stimulating the energy and enthusiasm of entrepreneurs to lead the charge with new climate-positive business models is a powerful way to address climate change across sectors and systems. That is why EIT Climate-KIC identifies, supports and invests in (aspiring) entrepreneurs in every stage of innovation:… Read more »

Why women rock Pakistan’s cleantech sector

When our founder Frans Nauta recently returned from leading our Boot Camp in Karachi, Pakistan, he reported: “It was quite something: great entrepreneurs, great atmosphere. And great participation by female founders. Over 50% of participants were women, and they totally rocked.” We decided we needed to find out more about this. Participation by female founders… Read more »

$200,000 fund for our 2018 participant The Compost Depot  

Australian start-up, The Compost Depot, is on a mission to reduce the amount of organic waste going to landfill. They set up a community worm farm/compost depot in Melbourne for locals who cannot compost their waste at home. As they want to grow their impact they applied for and were granted $200 000 from the… Read more »

Seeking awards? Perhaps ClimateLaunchpad is not for you.

This is not your average start-up competition We are not a pitching event. You know what I am talking about… Those competitions that lure you in with the promise of gigantic sums of award money. You enter them just to pitch your business and if you somehow impress the jury, you become an award winning… Read more »

“The cleantech explosion is here”

Take a deep dive into the economics of a green future with ClimateLaunchpad trainer Ron Bloemers During a sold-out MELT Innovatsioonifoorum in Tallinn, Estonia, our very own trainer Ron Bloemers delivered the opening keynote: ‘The cleantech revolution is here to stay and what it takes to accelerate it’. With 25 years on his belt in… Read more »

Bridging the green business gender gap, one start-up at a time

“Missing out on women is missing out on solving climate change.” “When I started working with cleantech, the lack of women involved surprised me,” says Frans Nauta, Project Lead of ClimateLaunchpad. “We know that fixing climate change takes tens of thousands of ideas, experiments, initiatives and businesses. We need all talented and resourceful entrepreneurial potential… Read more »

“Success as a start-up depends on how fast you are at solving problems.”

ClimateLaunchpad trainer Ron Bloemers shares the basics of cleantech start-up training. We sat down with our Boot Camp trainer of the first hour: Ron Bloemers (founder and managing partner of cleantech business accelerator Start-U-up in Amsterdam). His 25 years of hands-on experience with cleantech, renewables and start-ups is of unparalleled value to our participants. Today… Read more »

This is not just a competition

‘ClimateLaunchpad is about creating successful start-ups that will tackle climate change.’   An interview with ClimateLaunchpad trainer Elena Messiou. In 2016 Elena Messiou became one of our Boot Camp trainers. High time for a chat with her about her experience and insights. How did you get involved with ClimateLaunchpad? “One of our other trainers is… Read more »

Every start-up founder needs a good reason to say no

The value of a shared founders dream An interview with Israel Griol Barres, one of our ClimateLaunchpad Trainers   Israel is the StartUPV business accelerator manager in Spain and an experienced lecturer, trainer and mentor. His specialities are innovation, business models, business strategy and entrepreneurship. He first got involved with ClimateLaunchpad in 2014 as a… Read more »

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