Funding Opportunity: Cleantech Business Ideas
Applications now open for the world's largest cleantech business idea competition.
ClimateLaunchpad‘s competition is your ticket to European and 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.
How it works
In 2016, the competition is open to participants based in Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Scotland and the United Kingdom. Check the submission deadlines per country. (Scotland’s is May 9th.)
Even if your idea is on the back of a napkin, you’re most welcome to join. Our National Juries select the best proposals to join the National Competitions.
Once you’re accepted into the competition, the games begin:
Step 1: Boot Camp
ClimateLaunchpad kicks off with a 2-day Boot Camp in your own country (June 23rd & 24th in Scotland). Our trainers will teach you all you need to know about jumpstarting your business.
Step 2: Intensive coaching and National Finals
The Boot Camp is followed by with a period of intensive coaching. You’ll perfect your pitch, value proposition and business model. We’ll make sure you are ready to rock the National Final where you get to pitch in front of your National Jury. The Top-3 of each country enters the European Final on the 7th and 8th of October in Tallin, Estonia.
Step 3: European Final in Estonia on the 7th and 8th of October
The Top-3 of all National Finals get a chance to pitch their idea in front of the review board of Climate-KIC Accelerator. Impress them and gain access to Climate-KIC Accelerator, the 18-month real life business school where great ideas grow into great businesses.
The European Top-10, selected in the Grande Finale, will get direct access into Climate-KIC Accelerator without having to pitch to a review board.
The overall winner of the European Final receives € 10,000, the runner up gets € 5,000 and the idea that comes in third place wins € 2,500.
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.