A business competition intended to support, fund and promote green economy start-up companies and eco-entrepreneurs from across Europe.
Being part of the Green Alley Award helps the business idea to gain visibility in the green and circular economy sector all around Europe. Finalists are invited to a one-day event with workshops and live pitches in Berlin where they will meet circular economy experts and benefit from networking and learning opportunities.
- are invited to the final in Berlin;
- will receive advice from experts and experienced start-ups during the workshop in Berlin;
- will get networking opportunities and new business contacts in the environmental industry; and
- will pitch in front of a Jury and international audience
Beside an upcycled award trophy, the Green Alley Award winner receives up to €30,000 in cash and services:
- a cash prize of €7,000;
- a customised one-day workshop with a topic to choose (E-Commerce/Online-Marketing and -Strategies or Organisational development) as well as a one-on-one mentoring from start-up coach Ron Immink;
- dedicated PR support for at least six months;
- speaker placement;
- free tickets for SLUSH, a start-up event in Helsinki (including travelling costs for up to two persons);
- a free annual subscription to RECYCLING magazine;
- the possibility to receive crowdfunding, or to take part in a UK accelerator programme;
- a one-on-one mentoring from our partner BGV in their UK premises;
- a desk in the BGV office for up to 1 day whenever visiting London (until May 2018);
- an invitation to BGVs Tech for Good event in London including a community announcement-slot; and
- the possibility to pitch in front of the Green Alley management board for an investment.
The Green Alley Award was set up in 2014 by Green Alley Investment GmbH in cooperation with Seedmatch, a crowdfunding platform in Germany. Green Alley is a strategic investor for green economy start-ups and entrepreneurs. It supports start-ups and innovators with seed capital, know-how and services in order to successfully establish their innovative and green business model or introduce it to the German market.
After a successful first competition in Germany, the sponsor decided to open the programme to young entrepreneurs from across Europe. The awards are provided in association with partners Seedmatch, ERP UK and Bethnal Green Ventures.
The sponsor has built an alliance of European partnerships with experience in the green economy. With a focus on Germany and the UK, the sponsor wishes to link the start-up hubs of Berlin and London and ‘change the world into a more sustainable place.’
The Green Alley Award is a start-up competition focused on the green economy, dealing specifically with the challenges of the throwaway society, the scarcity of resources and the recovery of raw materials. It is targeted at ‘green’ entrepreneurs from across Europe with business ideas for the circular economy and new ways of improving the waste and recycling industry.
The motto of the Green Alley Awards is "Connecting green ideas from Berlin to London." Green Alley is looking for green ideas, new services, products and technologies that can turn waste into a resource. In return it is offering strategic support, networking opportunities and financing to boost business across Europe.
Overall the award aims to contribute to creating a greater awareness of recycling, and also hopes to empower people and the economy to act more sustainably.
Although there are no specific exclusions cited within the programme guidelines, those wishing to apply are advised to liaise with the funding provider in the first instance to discuss eligibility.
Entrepreneurs and start-ups operating in the green economy from across Europe with business ideas for the circular economy and new ways of looking at waste can apply.
Match funding is not a stipulated requirement of this programme.
Costs associated with eligible projects.
This programme operates on an annual basis.
The 2017 deadline for receipt of applications is 25 July 2017.
Once entries close a panel of experts will judge all applications. According to the application guidelines they will analyse business ideas and, if necessary, call in other experts or get back to the applicant for further information. The panel will then shortlist the finalists to join attend a pitch. The shortlist will be announced in October. In early November all finalists will be invited to a one-day event hosted in the Green Alley co-working space in Berlin.
The one-day-event begins with both general and individually designed workshops led by different mentors who will teach applicants how to start, finance and boost their green business.
Finalists will compete in a pitch final and present their ideas in three minutes live to an expert jury and guests from the green economy, the media and the start-up sector.