Climate-KIC’s CleanLaunchpad Grand EU final

Join us at Palacio de Congresos (Palace of Light) de Valencia (Spain) on Wednesday 29th of October to see the pitches of the 30 best ideas of Climate-KIC’s CleanLaunchpad, Europe’s largest cleantech business idea competition. 

Out of a couple of hundreds applications and after an intensive six months tour of boot camps, coaching sessions and national finals through eleven European countries, thirty of Europe’s best cleantech ideas to tackle climate change are ready to be taken to the stage. In the morning of 29th of October, the start-ups present their 5-minute pitches in 5 parallel sessions to distinguished jury panels. Seven start-ups will reach the CleanLaunchpad Grand EU final that very same afternoon.

This is their chance to become the winner of CleanLaunchpad 2014. He/she receives € 10,000, runner up gets € 5,000 and third place wins € 2,500. The best prize is that all three winners get accepted into Climate-KIC Accelerator, the world’s first real-life business school for promising cleantech entrepreneurs. That is where they will fast-track their business.


The finalists

Greener than Grass, finalist Hungary

They produce a green liquid fertilizer concentrate and green growing block for seedlings.


AQGRI+, finalist The Netherlands

Selling fresh water, compost and fish is what AQGRI+ wants to do.



Is a patented technology that harnesses the power of the sun to transform salt water into drinking water.


SMERGY, finalist Germany (Berlin)

They want to become the GOOGLE of the energy market.

More finalists are presented at our site:


Jury panel

The pitches will be judged by about 30 of EU’s leading investors and entrepreneurs.

These cleantech ideas are carefully selected and coached in the past period. The quality of the work of the start-ups has been great. I’m really looking forward seeing the results of all the hard work in the Valencia finals.

– Mr. Frans Nauta, Deputy Director Entrepreneurship Climate-KIC


Attending the (semi)final(s)

You are welcome to attend the semi finals and Grand EU Final.


Wednesday October 29, 2014

Semi Finals: 10–12 hrs in 5 parallel sessions

Grand Final: 14.30-16.30 hrs

Announcement winners: 17 hrs



Palacio de Congresos (Palace of Light) de Valencia

Semi finals: Room 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 and 7

Grand Finale: Auditorium 3


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About Climate-KIC

Climate-KIC is the EU’s main climate innovation initiative. It is Europe’s largest public-private innovation partnership focused on mitigating and adapting to climate change. Climate-KIC consists of companies, academic institutions and the public sector.

The organization has its headquarters in London, UK, and leverages its centers across Europe to support start-up companies, to bring together partners on innovation projects and to educate students to bring about a connected, creative transformation of knowledge and ideas into products and services that help mitigate and adapt to climate change.

Climate-KIC is one of the Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) created in 2010 by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), the EU body tasked with creating sustainable European growth while dealing with the global challenges of our time.


About CleanLaunchpad

Climate-KIC’s CleanLaunchpad is Europe’s largest cleantech business idea competition. Our mission? To unlock Europe’s cleantech potential. CleanLaunchpad was open to anyone with ideas that can help tackle climate change, even if the idea is still at the back-of-a-napkin stage. The competition was organized in Hungary, Germany (Berlin & Hessen), Spain, UK, Sweden, Italy, Poland, Cyprus, Greece, Denmark and the Netherlands.

Twitter: @CleanLaunchpad – Facebook: /cleanlaunchpad



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