ClimateLaunchpad 2016

ClimateLaunchpad: the ultimate stage for the world’s best sustainability ideas

ClimateLaunchpad is the world’s biggest green business ideas competition with currently a presence in 36 countries. We help the most promising start-ups take their sustainability innovation to the next level.

ClimateLaunchpad 2017

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.

How it works

In 2017 the competition is open to participants based in Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The, Netherlands, Turkey, UK, (Birmingham), UK, (London), UK, (Scotland) and Ukraine.

Whether you are a student, start-up, researcher or employee, as long as you’re curious to discover what it takes to become an entrepreneur, we’d love for you to apply. Even if your idea is still on the back of a napkin.

The programme

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. 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 17th and 18th of October in Limassol, Cyprus.

Step 3: Grand Final in Cyprus on the 17th and 18th 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.

2016 Competition

In spring 2016 an amazing number of 750 ideas were submitted. In each country a selection of the best ideas and teams started a rousing ride with Boot Camps and follow-up Coaching Sessions. The participants learned to perfect their pitch, sharpen their value proposition and solidify their business model. In just a few months, the ideas grew into solid business concepts. In the National Finals, these teams pitched their ideas in front of a national jury and got valuable feedback from renowned business judges.

Meet our finalists.

Get involved

Want to know more about ClimateLaunchpad? Visit the webpage or keep track of the competition through Facebook or Twitter.

ClimateLaunchpad is the ultimate stage for the worlds best sustainability ideas. Get ready to shape the world’s next economy.