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 »

Charity doesn’t scale. Business scales.

You create the biggest impact if you create the largest business. An interview with Hans Westerhof, ClimateLaunchpad Trainer and Project Lead. Hans Westerhof has been part of ClimateLaunchpad ever since the early days back in 2014. As Project Lead and as one of our Trainers. We interviewed him on his preferred module in our infamous… Read more »

Mike Goodfellow-Smith on academics and entrepreneurship

An interview with Mike Goodfellow-Smith – ClimateLaunchpad Trainer ClimateLaunchpad Trainer Mike Goodfellow-Smith is a long time environmental sustainability practitioner and entrepreneur. He began his career as a social entrepreneur with a mission to address climate change and is now studying for a PhD. He’s been one of our Trainers ever since the start in 2014…. Read more »

“To be successful you need to both be open to new ideas and stubborn.”

An interview with Chrétien Herben – ClimateLaunchpad Trainer We had a chat with Chrétien Herben, one of our Boot Camp Trainers. He told us about his favourite training module (Market Segmentation), discussed the power working together with peers and he explains the balance between being open and stubborn. You were involved in creating our Boot… Read more »

The fun and rocky road from idea to business success

An interview with Paris Thomas – ClimateLaunchpad Trainer “Being a ClimateLaunchpad trainer is an amazing job. I get to meet and work with so many smart, motivated and energetic people. It’s sheer joy. Our participants are a brave lot, during the competition I see them go through highs and lows, conquer stuff they never had… Read more »

Business success after losing a start-up competition

You think you lost? Think again.  Imagine working your behind off during a start-up or business ideas competition. Long hours, little sleep, dazzling to-do lists, tons of brutally honest feedback and at times that fuzzy feeling of being somewhat overwhelmed. That’s what joining a competition like ClimateLaunchpad can be like, especially with the intense Boot… Read more »

7 easy steps to perfect your pitch

And why that won’t save you by Frans Nauta, founder ClimateLaunchpad In my opinion pitch technique is kind of hyped-up. I’ve seen people give terrible –terrible – pitches, seen them make every mistake in the book. But they did it in front of customers that had real problems, a real pain. And you believe me:… Read more »

Frans on green tech. Top stories this week

We’re delighted to see the amount of ideas flowing in from all over the world. But there can never be too many – so keep ‘m coming. The first submission deadline is coming up in Spain on April 2. Check the deadlines for other countries on our website. Apart from that here are the green… Read more »

Frans on green tech. All you need to know in a two-minute read.

Don’t know about you, but most newsletters are so long that I just never get to the end. So we thought we’d change ours. Short & sweet, we’re gonna share the good stuff with you. The good-, great- or must-reads we come across on cleantech and entrepreneurship. Trends, insights, policy, funding, how to’s. Etcetera. Of course I’ll also… Read more »

How a Weird Idea Became a Successful Startup

“Urban Farmers wants to be the next big thing in local farming. We don’t want to be hipster farmers or hobbyists. We want to expand and have a big impact on local food production and job creation.”

OR-KESS, the audience favorite

How to become the audience favorite? Hendrik Schaede, start-up OR-KESS shares some inside information with you in this blog.

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