What is ClimateLaunchpad?
ClimateLaunchpad is the world’s largest green business ideas competition. Our mission is to unlock the world’s cleantech potential that addresses climate change. The competition creates a stage for those ideas. ClimateLaunchpad is part of the Entrepreneurship offerings of EIT Climate-KIC.
Who are we?
We are people determined to address the negative impacts of climate change by way of innovation and invention. ClimateLaunchpad is run by a central team, located in the Netherlands, which is supported by national teams who organise the competition in their country.
Why are we passionate about ClimateLaunchpad?
Here’s the thing. We are dead serious about tackling climate change. And we’re convinced that investing in ideas and entrepreneurs is the way to go about it. A green and clean future demands thousands of innovations challenging the current business models. That’s why.
What do we do?
There are a lot of great ideas out there for improving lives and reducing emissions. Some of them remain in the idea stage, never taking the next step and becoming viable. Some of them need an extra push. They need a bit of mentoring. Some training. The benefit of experience. They need lessons from entrepreneurial failures and successes. With coaching and support, a number of ideas can become reality.
This is where we come in. The team at ClimateLaunchpad supports new cleantech startups. We do this with partners around the globe. ClimateLaunchpad offers training, coaching, and support.
You can join us
The network of ClimateLaunchpad partners is a powerful one. They are dedicated to encourage innovation in their countries and work with a range of local partners including businesses, investors, chambers of commerce, and local government. They are optimistic and believe they can bring about change.
Does this sound like something you’d like to be a part of? There are opportunities to join the team at ClimateLaunchpad. We operate on a global scale. So no matter where you’re located, you can apply to be a new partner.
To give you a sense of what you need to organise ClimateLaunchpad in your country, here is a quick checklist:
- A great network of clean tech entrepreneurs in your country
- An organisation that can enter into a legal contract with us
- Time and energy
You apply in your own country. A minimum of 7 business ideas per country get selected to participate. The competition starts off with a 2-day (National) Boot Camps. You’ll be invited by mail. Find more information on your country page.
* Regional Finals for India and Africa are new in 2019. All details and logistics will be finalised and communicated asap.
In this ultimate final you’ll pitch your idea in front of leading investors and entrepreneurs. You’ll receive valuable feedback and get a chance to discuss your idea in more detail during network sessions. The jury will select sixteen finalists to compete for the ultimate win: access to EIT Climate-KIC Accelerator and prize money.
All other Grand Grand Finalists get a chance to pitch their idea in front of the review board of EIT Climate-KIC Accelerator to gain access to the programme. Last but not least: the overall Winner of the Global Grand Final receives € 10,000, the runner up gets € 5,000 and the idea that comes in third place wins € 2,500. All prizewinners are responsible for any taxes, wire transfer costs and other possible costs related to receiving the prize money.
Meet the ClimateLaunchpad team
We are the central team behind ClimateLaunchpad. Drop us a line, we’d love to hear from you. Click here to learn more about our trainers.
- Founder & Programme Director
- Programme Manager
- Marketing & Communications Coordinator
- Project Manager
- Communications Chief