Call for participants to ClimateLaunchpad, the world’s largest cleantech innovation competition.
Do you have a business idea with a potential to decrease greenhouse emissions radically? Have you been thinking about solutions for smart cities? Do you know some of the most promising upcoming names in the Finnish cleantech field?
Demos Helsinki, Aalto University and Climate-KIC are bringing the ClimateLaunchpad competition to Finland. We are looking for teams in the beginning of their entrepreneurial path with energy-saving, emission-decreasing innovations or solutions, that will make sustainable decisions more attractive to consumers.
How to participate?
Entering the competition is simple: fill the application form by April 13th 2015. The judges will choose 12 of the most promising ideas for a month-long growth program.
ClimateLaunchpad is organized in over 20 countries around Europe. The program is divided in two stages: the national acceleration program and the international finals. The Finnish acceleration program will be held in May-June, organised by Demos Helsinki with Aalto University. The three most successful teams will get to take part in the international finals, to be held in Amsterdam in September. Over 60 teams will be competing in the final run.
What do we offer to participants?
- We support your team in developing your idea towards first prototypes in the boot camp and the mentor sessions afterwards.
- You will get personal mentoring from top coaches based in Finland.
- The three best teams will get to pitch their idea in the Amsterdam international finals to top investors and mentors in September 2015
- The international finals’ eight best teams will get to take part in the 18-month Climate-KIC Acceleration Program. Monetary value for this is appr. 100.000 euros. In addition, the winner gets a prize of 10.000 euros.
You can participate in ClimateLaunchpad by yourself or with a team. The preconditions are that you or your team have an idea or startup that tackles climate change (find the precise criteria here). Participation requires attendance at the bootcamp, held May 6th-7th, five mentor meetings in May and the national finals on June 3rd.
ClimateLaunchpad is free of charge for its participants. Teams taking part in the boot camp from outside the Helsinki metropolitan area are to finance their own travel and accommodation expenses. The teams chosen to participate in the international finals will be offered a travel grant, that covers all or part of the expenses, depending on the team’s size.
What are the themes?
Your idea could be from these themes:
- Industrial cleantech
- Consumer cleantech
- Renewable energy
- Bio and circular economy
- Living, smart homes
- Sustainable food systems
- Internet of things, internet of everything
- Logistics and transportation
- Personal logistics
- Urban services
- Behavioral change
- Heating, water and air conditioning
- Consumer habits and behavior
The winner from 2014 was Wavetube, that is developing technology to make better use of ocean waves’ motion in renewable energy production. Other ideas in the finals were tackling challenges in e.g. agriculture, living, logistics, solar energy and water purification.
Maria Ritola, Demos Helsinki
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