COVID-19 and how we will continue to support green entrepreneurs across the globe
The world has been turned upside down. We hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. We are committed to keep supporting green entrepreneurship with all the resources available to us. Fixing climate change continues to be a priority.
We are working on solutions to keep our programme going in this new reality with safety and accessibility as our primary drivers. The most significant change is that the entire 2020 edition of our competition will be remote and executed online.
We will post updates on the way things will be set up. Please reach out to your National Lead if you have any questions about the programme in your country. In the meantime: stay safe, stay sane and keep on tackling climate change. Together we can do this.
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.
In 2020 the competition is open to participants based in the countries listed on this page.
Once you’re accepted to join the competition, the games begin:
Step 1: Online course & Boot Camp
ClimateLaunchpad kicks off with a 3-day Boot Camp in your own country. Our trainers will teach you all you need to know about jump-starting your business.
Step 3: Global Grand Final
There is prize money to be won. 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 to perform in the Final Round of the Global Grand Fina, will automatically get direct access to the Climate-KIC ClimateLaunchpad Accelerator, the renowned business school where great ideas grow into great businesses.
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.
All good? Don’t miss out: enter your idea by filling out our application form.