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ClimateLaunchpad is the biggest clean technology ideas competition in the world.

Part of the EIT Climate-KIC project, it runs in more than 50 countries and ECCI hosts it in Scotland. The competition offers entrepreneurs the chance to launch a green business idea and win up to €10,000.

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If your idea is taken forward in the competition, we’ll help you turn it into a rock solid business plan. The top ten finalists all land a place on the EIT Climate-KIC Accelerator programme, in addition to the prize money.

How it works

Simply submit your idea or innovation in order to throw your hat in the ring. It doesn’t matter if it’s just some scribbles in a notebook at this stage. As long as it could have a positive environmental impact, we’re happy to consider it.

The competition journey

If your idea is selected to be part of the competition, we’ll help you fast-track it into a viable business. The competition is split into three stages.

Stage 1: Boot camp

ClimateLaunchpad kicks off with a three-session Boot Camp for successful competition. You’ll get dedicated support to shape your idea into a business plan and bypass common pitfalls. You’ll also learn how to get your idea funded and launched.

Stage 2: Intensive coaching and national finals

Next up is a period of intensive coaching. You’ll perfect your pitch, value proposition and business model. We’ll make sure you’re ready to take on the online Scottish final later in the year, where you’ll pitch your idea to your national jury. The top two pitches from each national final go through to the global Grand Final.

Stage 3: Grand Final

The top ten competitors in the online Grand Final get automatic access to the EIT Climate-KIC Accelerator programme in their country. The overall Grand Final winner also bags €10,000, while the runner up gets €5,000. The idea that comes in third place wins €2,500.

It’s not game over for the remaining national champions who made it to the Grand Final, though. They’re all invited to pitch their idea to the Accelerator review board, for a chance to get into the programme.

Who can enter?

Want to put your idea forward? Here are the ClimateLaunchpad ground rules for applying:

  • You haven’t started a business yet, or you started it less than one year ago.
  • You have no substantial revenue.
  • You haven’t attracted more than €200,000 in investments already.
  • You haven’t sold products, solutions or prototypes on commercial terms yet.