Climate Launchpad will help eligible entrepreneurs based in Scotland to transform their green business ideas into business start-ups.
Cash prizes are available worth up to €10,000. A certain number of start-ups will also win a slot to enter into the Accelerator.
There are three steps to the Climate Launchpad Programme:
- Step One: Boot Camp. A two day boot camp where trainers will teach participants about jumpstarting their business.
- Step Two: Intensive Coaching and National Finals. A period of intensive coaching will follow the boot camp stage. Here, participants will learn how to perfect their pitch, value proposition and business model, ensuring that they are ready to compete in the National Final where they will have the chance to pitch before the National Jury. The top three contenders from each country will then have the chance to enter into the Grand Final, held during October 2017 in Limassol, Cyprus.
- Step three: Grand Final in Cyprus in October. The top ten Grand Final competitors will gain direct access to the Climate-KIC Accelerator. As well as this, there will also be prize money. The overall winner will receive €10,000. The runner up will receive €5,000 and the third place contestant will receive €2,500. All other National Finalists who have made it to the Grand Final will have the opportunity to pitch their idea to the Climate-KIC Accelerator.
Climate Launchpad is provided by Climate-KIC, a public-private innovation partnership that drives innovation in climate change.
Climate Launchpad is brought to Scotland through the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI). The ECCI focuses upon bringing together low carbon leaders and practitioners from the business, finance and public sectors in order to turn good green-business ideas into a reality.
Climate Launchpad is the world's largest cleantech business idea competition for the purpose of turning green business ideas and innovations into businesses with the potential to make an environmental impact.
Applicants cannot enter ClimateLaunchpad if they have:
- Already been accepted into Climate-KIC Accelerator with the same start-up.
- Already been accepted into ClimateLaunchpad, or the former CleanLaunchpad, during a previous year.
Entrepreneurs based in Scotland that have innovative cleantech ideas are eligible to apply.
The judging panel will take the following criteria into account:
- Business and market potential.
- The potential for job creation or social impact.
- Climate impact.
- Quality of the pitch.
The Scottish cluster focuses upon emerging strengths in data innovation and the two themes of rural and water innovation. However, applications are welcome from entrepreneurs that have low carbon ideas in any theme.
Ideas may be an innovation in renewable energy, a sustainable food chain transition, a shift in urban mobility or any other means of addressing climate change as long as it is within the cleantech domain. The cleantech domain refers to ideas that fit with the following description: "a scientific innovation that uses existing technology to do more with fewer resources, and has a commercial driver".
Information regarding match funding has not been stipulated. Interested parties should contact the funding provider directly for further details.
Cash prizes are intended to cover the costs of implementing innovative green business ideas.
The next deadline for this scheme is 28 May 2017.
Interested parties should first complete the online application form which can be accessed through the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI) website
The application form will ask questions concerning what problem the applicant is solving as well as what sort of climate impact they intend to make. At this stage, there is no need for a business plan.
Boot camp will take place 20 and 21 June 2017. The dates of the final are yet to be determined.