The Green Business Ideas Competition ClimateLaunchpad Entry-form 2023

About the ClimateLaunchpad: The Green Business Ideas Competition

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.

The Green Business Ideas Competition ClimateLaunchpad Entry-form 2023 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.

2023 ClimateLaunchpad: The Green Business Ideas Competition Themes

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.

How it works

You can only enter ClimateLaunchpad in your own country. Apply by filling out the application form for which you’ll answer questions like what problem you are solving and what climate impact you expect to make. No need for a business plan just yet. We’ll help you strengthen your plan or teach you how to create one.

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.


Our alumni continue to create climate impact after the competition. For example, they participate in other start-up competitions and acceleration programmes, follow masterclasses, and look for funding. Most importantly, our alumni focus on finding their first customer.

To further their business, many of our alumni have taken part in EIT Climate-KIC ClimAccelerator programmes, such as the ClimateLaunchpad ClimAccelerator, Adaptation & Resilience ClimAccelerator; Africa ClimAccelerator; and the Irish Aid Masterclass series. ClimAccelerator is a global programme for start-ups to innovate, catalyse and scale the potential of their climate solutions.

We also encourage you to follow both the ClimateLaunchpad and the ClimAccelerator and Climate Innovators pages on LinkedIn, to stay up to date with the latest news and opportunities from the wider EIT Climate-KIC entrepreneurship network.

ClimateLaunchpad countries

The countries participating this year are listed on this page.

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