Climate Launchpad: The Green Business Ideas Competition 2022

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.

Train. Compete. Launch.

How it works

To enter the competition, submit an idea or product that has a positive influence on the environment. We’ll assist you in turning your idea into a business and avoiding any potential traps along the route. You’ll discover how to fund and launch your business idea.

If you are chosen to participate in ClimateLaunchpad, the Boot Camp and coaching sessions will assist you in turning your idea into a concrete plan. This will be your pitch in both the National and Regional Finals. The winners of the Regional Finals will advance to the Global Grand Final.

Even if your idea is on the back of a napkin, you’re most welcome to join.

All entries will be reviewed and ideas that fit the bill of our competition get invited to join.

ClimateLaunchpad countries

In 2022 the competition is open to participants based in the countries listed on this page.

The programme

Once you’re accepted to join the competition, the games begin:

Step 1: Boot Camp

The top teams chosen by our National leads* take part in the ClimateLaunchpad National programme which kicks off with a multi-day digital Boot Camp. Our trainers will teach you all you need to know about jump-starting your business.

Step 2: Intensive coaching and National Finals

The Boot Camp is followed by a period of intensive coaching. You’ll perfect your pitch, value proposition and business model. After that, you’re ready to rock your National Final where you’ll pitch digitally for a National Jury.

Step 3: Regional Finals

The top teams of each country go to the Regional Finals where they pitch in front of the region’s best and brightest. The crème de la crème are chosen to compete in the digital Global Grand Final.

Step 4: Global Grand Final

The best teams in the world pitch against each other on the international stage. 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.

The top 16 teams selected by the jury in the semi-finals to perform in the final round of the Global Grand Final, will automatically get direct access to the Climate-KIC ClimateLaunchpad Accelerator.

On top of that, the  7 Theme winners  of the semi-finals (Top 1 of each theme) will win access to the Climate Marketplace Dealstream.

The themes for ClimateLaunchpad 2022

We have finalised 8 themes for this year’s CLP competition. These themes will be the pitching streams for the teams at the Regional Finals and the Global Grand Final.

The themes are:

  • Adaptation and Resilience
  • Circular Economies
  • Urban Solutions
  • Clean Energy
  • Sustainable Mobility
  • Food Systems
  • Blue Economy
  • The Next Big Thing

Application Process

Submission of application is ongoing

For more information visit Climate LaunchPad

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