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Now open – European competition for ideas to tackle climate change

February 26, 2015

Innovation Factory

ClimateLaunchpad 2015, Europe’s largest climate innovation initiative, is inviting start-ups, students, researchers and businesspersons from across 23 European countries to submit cleantech ideas. Application deadlines vary according to the country you call your base.

Funded through the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a European Union initiative, this is a three-stage competition. It starts with a two-day boot camp and intensive coaching in each country involved; next, national finals and, finally, the September European finals, in The Netherlands, with three contenders from each country pitching their business plans to the jury.

The eight ideas with the most potential gain access to the Climate-Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KIC) Accelerator, to help them grow into real businesses. The top three winners also receive cash prizes: €10,000, €5,000 and €2,500 for the first, second and third places, respectively.

‘This competition helps gathering the best ideas and connects people in the pan-European Climate-KIC network of entrepreneurs, universities, companies and investors,’ explains Frans Nauta, deputy director of entrepreneurship at Climate-KIC.

Created in 2010 by the EIT, Climate-KIC Accelerator is Europe’s largest public-private innovation partnership focused on mitigating and adapting to climate change. Forming cross-competency partnerships or KICs, the institute seeks to start new companies, develop innovative products and services, and train new generations of entrepreneurs.

Learn more here.

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