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What is ClimateLaunchpad?
ClimateLaunchpad is the world’s largest green business ideas competition. Our mission is to unlock the world’s cleantech potential that addresses climate change. The competition creates a stage for those ideas. ClimateLaunchpad is part of the Entrepreneurship offerings of EIT Climate-KIC.
How to apply?
ClimateLaunchpad. Battle your way to global impact.
You have a green business idea and want to take it to the next level. Perfect, you should enter our competition. Don’t worry if you don’t have a business plan just yet. Or if your idea is still on the back of a napkin. You are most welcome to join.
To apply for ClimateLaunchpad 2019, all you have to do is fill out the application form. If you don’t have full answers to all of the questions in the form, feel free to give rough estimates. The important thing is to get your form submitted before your country’s deadline.
Link for the webpage for application:
How does the competition work?
ClimateLaunchpad helps you get your idea battle-proof. There are three rounds to the competition:
Round 1: Boot Camp
You apply in your own country. A minimum of 7 business ideas per country get selected to participate. The competition starts off with a 2-day (National) Boot Camps. You’ll be invited by mail. Find more information on your country page.
Round 2: Intensive coaching and National Finals (plus Regional Finals for India and Africa)
In the weeks after Boot Camp you will attend six intensive coaching sessions. 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.
Round 3: Global Grand Final
In this ultimate final you’ll pitch your idea in front of leading investors and entrepreneurs. You’ll receive valuable feedback and get a chance to discuss your idea in more detail during network sessions. The jury will select sixteen finalists to compete for the ultimate win: access to EIT Climate-KIC Accelerator and prize money.
What kind of ideas is ClimateLaunchpad looking for?
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. As long as it’s in the cleantech domain: “a scientific innovation that uses existing technology to do more with fewer resources, and has a commercial driver.” Check out this video from Explania for a thorough explanation of the cleantech space.
Even if your idea is still on the back of a napkin, you’re most welcome to join. Not sure if your idea fits the bill? Contact us, we’re happy to help.
What can I win?
Prizes in the National and Regional Finals differ per country and region. The top-10 teams at the Global Grand Final win direct access to the EIT Climate-KIC accelerator.
All other Grand Grand Finalists get a chance to pitch their idea in front of the review board of EIT Climate-KIC Accelerator to gain access to the programme. Last but not least: 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 prizewinners are responsible for any taxes, wire transfer costs and other possible costs related to receiving the prize money.