Meet Europe’s next generation cleantech entrepreneurs

All across Europe, a new generation of entrepreneurs is hard at work creating adaptation and mitigation solutions to climate change. More than 700 of these entrepreneurs entered this year’s ClimateLaunchpad scheme – Europe’s largest cleantech business idea competition – which is due to come to a close on Friday 4th September with 82 cleantech start-ups from 28 different countries competing.

This year, over 700 start-ups from 28 countries submitted their initial business ideas. Each country then selected the most promising innovations for the ClimateLaunchpad competition. Since spring, the selected participants have gone through a demanding programme to work on their business idea: a 2-day boot camp, intensive business coaching and competing in national finals. Next week, 82 cleantech start-ups from 28 European countries will pitch their business plans to a renowned international jury. The jury will judge these finalists on criteria including feasibility, scalability, job creation, climate impact and quality of their pitch. ClimateLaunchpad selects the ten best teams to join Climate-KIC’s prestigious Accelerator Programme. The top three ClimateLaunchpad winners receive cash prizes.

Cleantech is the single biggest business opportunity of the 21st century

Politicians, scientists, entrepreneurs, bankers, journalists and others have been debating climate change for decades. Often highlighted by dramatic situations including hurricanes, melting glaciers, weakened polar bears or droughts. Frans Nauta, Deputy-Director of Entrepreneurship at Climate-KIC and also founding father of ClimateLaunchpad, says: “Unlike what most people think, climate change is a very solvable problem. We can have a planet with an abundance of cheap, clean energy within 20 years. Provided that we support startups that are developing disrupting clean technologies. Thats what ClimateLaunchpad does. Cleantech is the single biggest business opportunity of the 21st century.

Meet Europe’s Next Generation Cleantech Entrepreneurs

More detailed information on the finalists from across the energy, water, transportation and urban development space can be found here. You are warmly invited to the European Final to meet this new generation of Cleantech Entrepreneurs, investors, and the local, national and European communities of stakeholders actively working to mitigate climate change.

Date: Friday, September 4th, 2015

Location: B.Amsterdam, Johan Huizingalaan 763A, 1066 VH Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Time: 8:30 am – 19:30 pm

Click here for the full programme, final changes and tickets