The final week of #ClimateJourney16

After 8 weeks in 13 cities our Journey summer school has come to and end with the final pitch day in the UK West Midlands. We take a look at how our last group of student’s got on.

More than 220 students from over 45 countries, representing 50 disciplines, took part in this year’s Climate-KIC summer school – Europe’s largest climate change education programme.

The Journey summer school is an introduction to the world of climate change entrepreneurship. The students learnt about making decisions, pushing boundaries, getting out of their comfort zone, improving performance and reinforcing their confidence. Set over 13 locations across Europe, this year’s programme is Climate-KIC’s largest summer school and was divided into six separate groups. Each group traveled to three different locations gaining insight and experience from a selection of Europe’s best universities and most innovative businesses. 

[xyz-ihs snippet=”Climathon-2017-CTA”]

After an introduction into climate change and entrepreneurship the students teamed up to come up with a climate change business idea that they pitch in their final week. Yesterday (25 August) we saw the last set of groups pitch their business ideas to a jury in Warwick. With 73 students in 17 teams from the final 2 journey groups it was an action packed day of climate action innovations.

Here’s some highlights of the pitches from Twitter

Kicking off the day was FaBRICK who want turn cotton waste into insulation material.

There was Sustainably Nuts who want to use Soap Nuts to provide natural washing services to hotels.

StreetcAir received a huge round of applause for their proposed solution for air pollution for babies.

Who knew that the most valuable fish in the sea was the humble sardine? Flarmy came up with an idea to replace eating fish with meals made of insect larvae.

mPower proposed a power bank rental service for mobiles which also includes an energy donation to refugees.

After a lunch break the Freedge team kicked things off with an energetic pitch about their idea for modular fridges for co-working spaces.

Single use plastic bottles are a real problem for the environment. SoFlask came up with an idea for vending machines that can refill up your reusable flask with drinks instead of giving you a new bottle each time.

NoTimeToWaste have an innovative solution to reusing Tetra Paks – making them into furniture!

Team Pulp Kitchen are on a mission to stop food waste. Their idea? Turning food waste into Superpowders!

The final team to take the stage was Power House , who brought a burst of energy into the final pitch with some African music. Their vision is to bring electricity to rural areas in Africa.

So who were the winners?

There were three awards up for grabs; Best Idea, Best Pitch and Audience Award.

The Best Pitch award went to Pulp Kitchen and Flarmy took home the Best Idea award. Both teams also won the Audience Award for their very successful pitches.

https://twitter.com/ckicnordic/status/768847330841952256 https://twitter.com/ckicnordic/status/768852798687567872

This weekend the Journey students make their way home but that doesn’t mean their climate journey has to end. As Climate-KIC UK & Ireland Director explains, there are still plenty of opportunities for the students to get involved with Climate-KIC going forward like the Alumni, ClimateLaunchpad or Climathon.

Check out the rest of the final week of the Journey as it happened on Twitter by following the #climatejourney16 hashtag on Twitter.

Check out some of the photos taken during Journey 2016:

Journey Summer School #ClimateJourney16

On 28 October Climate-KIC are hosting the 2016 Climathon in 121 cities around the world. Cities set challenges related to climate change issues and participants have 24 hours to come together and develop ideas to solve the problems.

 
News you may be interested in
news
Fresh boost to industrial symbiosis in Europe

EIT Climate-KIC has teamed up with five partners to...

Fresh boost to industrial symbiosis in Europe
news
Europe’s annual climate innovation summit to be ...

The 2018 Climate Innovation Summit, Europe’s leading event on climate...

Europe’s annual climate innovation summit to be held in emerging green finance centre Dublin
news
Pollution-sucking ‘smart’ trees bring clean ai...

Recent installations of the pollution-sucking CityTree in London and...

Pollution-sucking ‘smart’ trees bring clean air to London and Brussels
news
New project aims to mobilise Europe on ‘drawdown...

EIT Climate-KIC, together with the German Energy Agency (DENA)...

New project aims to mobilise Europe on ‘drawdown’
news
Mainstream climate change into post-2020 funding f...

EIT Climate-KIC is calling on the European Commission to...

Mainstream climate change into post-2020 funding framework, Climate-KIC urges European Commission
news
New European research-backed programme aims to inc...

EIT Climate-KIC is to launch an ambitious forestry innovation...

New European research-backed programme aims to increase sustainable forestry
news
EIT Climate-KIC Spain boosts new national public-p...

EIT Climate-KIC Spain is playing a major role in...

EIT Climate-KIC Spain boosts new national public-private partnership for climate action
news
EIT Climate-KIC aims for truly pan-European reach

Europe’s leading public-private innovation initiative focused on climate change...

EIT Climate-KIC aims for truly pan-European reach
news
EIT Climate-KIC CEO urges mayors to consider their...

Cities must consider the infrastructure and environmental legacy that...

EIT Climate-KIC CEO urges mayors to consider their role in boosting climate innovation
news
Solar start-up praises EIT Climate-KIC’s assista...

EU-backed start-up incubation programmes such as EIT Climate-KIC’s Accelerator...

Solar start-up praises EIT Climate-KIC’s assistance on clean energy live stream
news
European Commission report on Sustainable Finance ...

The European Commission’s High-Level Expert Group (HLEG) on Sustainable Finance...

European Commission report on Sustainable Finance affirms its commitment to climate action
news
EIT Climate-KIC innovators featured in Forbes 30 u...

Six EIT Climate-KIC innovators have been honoured in this...

EIT Climate-KIC innovators featured in Forbes 30 under 30 Europe List
news
New EIT urban mobility and manufacturing innovatio...

The European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT), the...

New EIT urban mobility and manufacturing innovation communities launched
news
European innovation body offers support to Portugu...

EIT Climate-KIC is calling on leading business, educational and research...

European innovation body offers support to Portuguese and Lithuanian regions
news
Europe’s first open innovation platform for clim...

A new EIT Climate-KIC supported capacity-building tool for climate-smart...

Europe’s first open innovation platform for climate-smart agriculture launched
news
New study finds Climate-KIC and wider EIT Communit...

A new study has found that EIT’s Knowledge and...

New study finds Climate-KIC and wider EIT Community delivering significant impact for Europe
news
Climate-KIC start-up SOLHO one of Europe’s Top 5...

Climate-KIC start-up SOLHO was one of four winners honoured...

Climate-KIC start-up SOLHO one of Europe’s Top 50 innovators
news
Innovative solutions sought for urban challenges

Climate-KIC’s Urban Challenges programme is seeking to support start-ups...

Innovative solutions sought for urban challenges
news
Climate-KIC supported start-up ZOLAR completes €...

• Sunstone Capital, Statkraft Ventures, Partech Ventures and Tim...

Climate-KIC supported start-up ZOLAR completes €4m financing round
news
Women entrepreneurs talk climate business in Bonn

What characteristics do people think of when they hear...

Women entrepreneurs talk climate business in Bonn
news
Climate-KIC kicks off innovation initiative for ci...

Comprehensive plan launched to support urban agglomerations as test...

Climate-KIC kicks off innovation initiative for cities
news
Climathon rallies an international city movement t...

More than 100 global cities gather for world’s largest...

Climathon rallies an international city movement to tackle climate change