Competition

ClimateLaunchpad: The Green Business Ideas Competition

Our competition is your ticket to global success. Provided you have a green business idea and have what it takes to become an entrepreneur.

Your idea can be an innovation in renewable energy, a sustainable transition in the food chain, a mind shift in urban mobility or any other way to tackle climate change.

Train. Compete. Launch.

How it works

To enter the competition submit your idea or innovation with environmental impact. We’ll help you fast track that idea into a business and bypass all possible pitfalls along the way. You’ll learn how to get your idea funded and launched.

Once you are selected to join ClimateLaunchpad, the Boot Camp and coaching sessions will help you develop your idea to a rock-solid plan. You will pitch this during your National Final and the Regional Finals. The winners of each Regional Final will go on to compete in the Global Grand Final.
Even if your idea is on the back of a napkin, you’re most welcome to join.

All entries will be reviewed and ideas that fit the bill of our competition get invited to join.

ClimateLaunchpad countries

In 2021 the competition is open to participants based in the countries listed on this page.

The programme

Once you’re accepted to join the competition, the games begin:

Step 1: Boot Camp
The top teams chosen by our National leads* take part in the ClimateLaunchpad National programme which kicks off with a multi-day digital Boot Camp. Our trainers will teach you all you need to know about jump-starting your business.

Step 2: Intensive coaching and National Finals
The Boot Camp is followed by a period of intensive coaching. You’ll perfect your pitch, value proposition and business model. After that, you’re ready to rock your National Final where you’ll pitch digitally for a National Jury.

Step 3: Regional Finals
The top teams of each country go to the Regional Finals where they pitch in front of the region’s best and brightest. The crème de la crème are chosen to compete in the digital Global Grand Final.

Step 4: Global Grand Final
The best teams in the world pitch against each other on the international stage. 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.

The top 16 teams selected by the jury in the Semi-Finals to perform in the Final Round of the Global Grand Final, will automatically get direct access to the Climate-KIC ClimateLaunchpad Accelerator.

The big prize? A bunch of new acquired skills & knowledge and networking opportunities to get your business thriving. And of course infinite glory.

*CLP Mini-course: Our National Leads may invite teams first for participation in a CLP Mini-course to help them to make a better selection or to prepare you for the Boot Camp.

The themes for ClimateLaunchpad 2021

We have finalised 7 themes for this year’s CLP competition. These themes will be the pitching streams for the teams at the Regional Finals and the Global Grand Final.

The themes are:

  • Adaptation and Resilience
  • Circular Economies
  • Urban Solutions
  • Clean Energy
  • Sustainable Mobility
  • Food Systems
  • The Next Big Thing

Small print

Let us challenge you, join the competition. But before you do, we just want to make sure that you:

  • have not yet started a business or you started it less than one year ago;
  • have no substantial revenue;
  • you have attracted no more than € 200,000 in investment;
  • you have not yet sold products, solutions or prototypes on commercial terms.

For more information, please check our FAQ.

ClimateLaunchpad. Fixing climate change, one start-up at a time.

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