ClimateLaunchpad: The Green Business Ideas Contest 2022 (Win €10,000)

Deadline: varies by country

Applications for the ClimateLaunchpad: The Green Business Ideas Competition 2022 are now open. ClimateLaunchpad is the world’s largest green business ideas competition. Competition is your ticket to global success. As long as you have a green business idea and have what it takes to become an entrepreneur.

Innovation and invention can lead the way to a clean future. That’s why they create a stage for people who have great cleantech ideas and help them develop those ideas into startups that have global impact. ClimateLaunchpad is part of Climate-KIC’s Entrepreneurship offerings.

Topics 2022

These themes will be the launch streams for the teams in the Regional Finals and Global Grand Finals.

The topics are:

  • Adaptation and Resilience
  • circular economies
  • Urban Solutions
  • Clean energy
  • sustainable mobility
  • food systems
  • blue economy
  • the next big thing


  • The overall winner of the Global Grand Final receives €10,000, the runner-up receives €5,000 and the third place idea wins €2,500.
  • The top 16 teams selected by the jury in the semi-finals to perform in the final round of the Global Grand Final will automatically gain direct access to the Climate-KIC ClimateLaunchpad Accelerator.


  • Anyone with a promising cleantech idea who dreams of becoming an entrepreneur should join.
  • It can be a start-up, SME, researcher, student, public organisation, consultant, engineer, a combination of the above, or something that doesn’t fit a job. Don’t worry if you don’t have a business plan ready. They will help you strengthen your plan or teach you how to create one.
  • You can only submit your application in your own 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 has not existed for more than 1 year);
  • Your new business has attracted less than €200,000 in total funding (this includes all funding such as grants, government loans, angel and/or venture capital investments, etc.)
  • It has not yet sold products, solutions or prototypes on commercial terms.

How the competition works

Once you are accepted to join the competition, the games begin:

  • Step 1: Training Camp: Top teams chosen by their national leaders participate in the national ClimateLaunchpad program that begins with a multi-day digital Boot Camp. Your trainers will teach you everything you need to know about getting your business up and running.
  • Step 2: Intensive Training and National Finals: The Boot Camp is followed by a period of intensive training. You will perfect your speech, value proposition and business model. After that, you’ll be ready to rock your National Final, where you’ll present digitally for a National Jury.
  • Step 3: Regional Finals: The best teams from each country go to the Regional Finals where they pitch against the best and brightest in the region. The crème de la crème is chosen to compete in the digital Global Grand Final.
  • Step 4: World Grand Final: The best teams in the world compete against each other on the international stage.


You can only access ClimateLaunchpad in your own country. Apply by filling out the application form for which you will answer questions such as what problem you are solving and what climate impact you hope to have. There is no need for a business plan at the moment. They will help you strengthen your plan or teach you how to create one.

For more information, see the FAQ and visit Weather launch pad.

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