ClimateLaunchpad - The Green Business Ideas Competition 2024

Deadline: As soon as possible


Business Plan Creative Ideas Tech & IT Trainings & Fellowships Grant


  • Austria
  • France
  • Ghana
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Kenya
  • Morocco
  • Netherlands
  • Online
  • Portugal
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom
  • Vietnam
  • Worldwide


Our competition is your ticket to global success. Provided you have a green business idea and have what it takes to become an entrepreneur. Your idea can be an innovation in renewable energy, a sustainable transition in the food chain, a mind shift in urban mobility or any other way to tackle climate change.

Train. Compete. Launch.


How it works

To enter the competition submit your idea or innovation with environmental impact. We’ll help you fast track that idea into a business and bypass all possible pitfalls along the way. You’ll learn how to get your idea funded and launched.

Once you are selected to join ClimateLaunchpad, the Boot Camp and coaching sessions will help you develop your idea to a rock-solid plan. You will pitch this during your National Final and the Regional Finals.

All entries will be reviewed and ideas that fit the bill of our competition get invited to join. 

The programme

Once you’re accepted to join the competition, the games begin:

  • Step 0: Mini-course: After your application teams are automatically invited first for participation in a CLP Mini-course to help National Leads to make a better selection or to prepare you for the Boot Camp.
  • Step 1: Boot Camp: The top teams chosen by our National Leads take part in the ClimateLaunchpad National programme which kicks off with a multi-day digital Boot Camp. Our trainers will teach you all you need to know about jump-starting your business.
  • Step 2: Intensive coaching and National Finals: The Boot Camp is followed by a period of intensive coaching. You’ll perfect your pitch, value proposition and business model. After that, you’re ready to rock your National Final where you’ll pitch digitally for a National Jury.
  • Step 3: Regional Finals: The top teams of each country go to the Regional Finals where they pitch in front of the region’s best and brightest.

The big prize? A bunch of new acquired skills & knowledge and networking opportunities to get your business thriving. And of course infinite glory.


We work with eight themes chosen in consultation with EIT Climate-KIC. These represent a selection of the most pressing and relevant focus areas of our time in our fight against climate change. This ensures that ideas are judged equally against their peers by industry experts, ensuring that the best of the best rise to the top.

The selected themes for this year:

  1. Adaptation & Resilience
  2. Blue Economy
  3. Circular Economies
  4. Clean Energy
  5. Food Systems
  6. Sustainable Mobility
  7. Urban Solutions
  8. The Next Big Thing

You can read the full descriptions per theme here.

Please note: we cannot yet confirm whether there will be themed pitching tracks at the Regional Finals.

Small print

Let us challenge you, join the competition. But before you do, we just want to make sure that you:

  • have not yet started a business or you started it less than one year ago;
  • have no substantial revenue;
  • you have attracted no more than € 200,000 in investment;
  • you have not yet sold products, solutions or prototypes on commercial terms.

Application deadline

Deadline varies for each participating country, check key dates on the competition calendar page.

Competition Timeline

  • Online Course & Boot Camps - March - July
  • National Finals - June - mid-August
  • Regional Finals - October/November

Opportunity is About


Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate

Who can join?

  • Anyone with a promising cleantech idea who dreams of becoming an entrepreneur should join. You can be a new start-up, SME, researcher, student, public organisation, consultant, engineer, a combination of the above or something that doesn’t fit a job title. Don’t worry if you don’t have a business plan quite ready. We’ll help you strengthen your plan or teach you how to create one.
  • You can only submit your application in your own country. Check this page to find out if there is a ClimateLaunchpad competition in your country.

You can only apply in your own country and you can only enter if:

  • You have not yet started a business or your company has been incorporated for less than a year (definition: your legal entity does not exist for more than 1 year);
  • Your new venture has attracted less than € 200.000 in total funding (this includes all funding, like grants, government loans, angel and/or VC investments, et cetera)
  • You have not yet sold products, solutions or prototypes on commercial terms.

You cannot enter ClimateLaunchpad if you have:

  • Already been accepted into Climate-KIC (pre-/Clim)Accelerator with this idea;
  • Already been accepted into ClimateLaunchpad (or the former CleanLaunchpad) in a previous year with the same idea.


Deadline: As soon as possible

Cost/funding for participants

What can I win?

  • Prizes in the National and Regional Finals differ per country and region (cash or in kind).
  • The big prize? A bunch of new acquired skills & knowledge and networking opportunities to get your business thriving. And of course infinite glory.
  • All prizewinners are responsible for any taxes, wire transfer costs and other possible costs related to receiving the prize.
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