Join the ClimateLaunchpad’s Green Business Ideas Competition

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 2019 the competition is open to participants based in the countries listed on this page.

Check the submission deadlines per country.

The programme

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

Step 1: Boot Camp

ClimateLaunchpad kicks off with a 2-day Boot Camp in your own country. The trainers will teach you all you need to know about jumpstarting your business.

Step 2: Intensive coaching and National Finals (plus Regional Finals for India and Africa)
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 in front of the National Jury. In Africa and India the top teams of each country go on to Regional Finals*. Winning teams of National and Regional Finals get to compete in the Global Grand Final.

* Regional Finals for India and Africa are new in 2019. All details and logistics will be finalised and communicated asap.

Step 3: Global Grand Final
The Top-10 competitors in the Global Grand Final will get direct access to the Climate-KIC Accelerator, the renowned business school where great ideas grow into great businesses. On top of that there is prize money. 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 other National and Regional Finalists who made it to the Global Grand Final get a chance to pitch their idea to the review board of Climate-KIC Accelerator. Impress them and gain access to their programme.

Small print

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.

     

    Fill in the application form here

    Or visit the official website of this opportunity here

     

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