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ClimateLaunchpad

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

Part of the Climate-KIC project, it runs in more than 30 countries each year and ECCI hosts it in Scotland. The competition offers entrepreneurs the chance to launch a green business idea and win up to €10,000.

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 Climate-KIC Accelerator programme, in addition to the prize money.

“Ideas and innovators like the ones this competition generates are key to Scotland’s thriving low carbon industry. ECCI and the ClimateLaunchpad team will give our Scottish entrants everything we’ve got to help them reach the world finals.” ECCI’s Deputy Director and Head of Innovation, Ed Craig

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: Bootcamp

ClimateLaunchpad kicks off with a two-day Boot Camp for successful competition entrants. 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.

Sate 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 Scottish final, where you’ll pitch your idea to your national jury. The top three pitches from each national final go through to the Grand Final.

Stage 3: Grand Final

The top ten competitors in the Grand Final get automatic access to the 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 make it to the Grand Final at that point, 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.
  • Your have no substantial revenue.
  • You’ve haven’t attracted more than €200,000 in investments already.
  • You haven’t sold products, solutions or prototypes on commercial terms yet.

Apply now

If you’ve got an idea with positive climate impacts and the potential to go global, submit your idea by Wednesday 30 May 2018.