Europe’s largest cleantech business idea competition kicks off again, VITO is country lead for Belgium. ClimateLaunchpad 2017 is now open for applications. Students, start-ups, entrepreneurs, researchers and employees dreaming of starting their own business are invited to submit their cleantech ideas. All entries are judged on their impact on climate change, their growth potential and on skills and enthusiasm. The most promising entries gain access to Climate-KIC’s Accelerator programme, geared at growing big cleantech ideas into strong businesses. The competition is now open for entries in 34 countries.

The competition

A two-day business boot camp and a series of focused coaching sessions prepare the participants for the country finals where they will pitch their business plan to a professional jury. The three finalists of each country will enter the European Final in October in Cyprus. In semi-finals 10 teams will be selected and gain access to Climate-KIC Accelerator, the real-life business school focused on developing and commercialising cleantech start-ups. The overall winner of the European final also receives a cash prize of €10,000, the runner up gets €5,000 and the idea that comes in third place wins €2,500.

Metin Bulut - EU finalist for Belgium 2015:
“The bootcamp is a great opportunity to learn more about how your research impacts society, climate and economy at the same time.”

Koen Verrecht - Top 10 EU finalist for Belgium 2016:
"Climate launchpad was a real breakthough event for Faro 360.  The bootcamp is a fundamental pitch slidedeck that gets you to the essentials and purest definition of your business idea.  Faro is thankful to the Climate Launchpad team!"

Application deadline

The competition is open to participants based in Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Turkey, UK & Ukraine. Application deadline for Belgium is 1 May 2017More info

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About ClimateLaunchpad and Climate-KIC

ClimateLaunchpad is a programme by Climate-KIC; the EU’s main climate innovation initiative. It is Europe’s largest public-private innovation partnership focused on mitigating and adapting to climate change. Climate-KIC consists of an international network of companies, academic institutions and the public sector.

Climate-KIC is one of the Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) created in 2010 by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), the EU body tasked with creating sustainable European growth while dealing with the global challenges of our time.

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