World’s biggest cleantech competition eyes emerging battery sector in Australia

Published 21 May 2020

By Jessica Hyne

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ClimateLaunchpad partners with the Future Battery Industries CRC to support emerging energy storage innovations in Australia.

Sydney, 20 May 2020 – The world’s largest green business ideas competition, ClimateLaunchpad, is turning its eye toward the emerging battery technology sector in Australia, striking up a partnership with the Future Battery Industries CRC for the 2020 program.

“The shift to a renewable energy future is driving a global boom for batteries, and for better and more efficient energy storage solutions,” said Chris Lee, CEO of Climate-KIC Australia, the climate innovation organisation responsible for running the competition in Australia. “Australia is uniquely positioned to take a leadership role in battery innovation, and we wanted to tap into that pipeline early so we can help innovators scale and commercialise their technologies.”

The competition looks for nascent, breakthrough ‘green’ business ideas. The program is set up to help aspiring entrepreneurs grow their cleantech ideas into global businesses.

Selected participants start off their rigorous training with an intensive Boot Camp followed by a series of coaching sessions to prepare for their state finals. Those teams who progress through the state finals, national finals and regional finals – will have an opportunity to pitch in front of a global audience at the virtual Global Grand Final, among the most innovative entrepreneurs from over 55 countries, as well as investors, media and industry leaders.

Stedman Ellis, CEO of the Future Battery Industries CRC said that the partnership with ClimateLaunchpad forms part of its commitment to supporting education and training, and entrepreneurship towards growing new battery industries. “There is a clear alignment between the Future Battery Industries CRC and ClimateLaunchpad to build capability and nurture the commercialisation of early stage battery innovations, enabling the growth of battery industries to power Australia,” he said.

ClimateLaunchpad is open for applications until June 18 2020, and although the program has a particular focus on battery and energy storage solutions this year, anybody with a solution to tackle climate change is welcome to apply. The competition is an initiative of EIT Climate-KIC, Europe’s climate innovation initiative and Climate-KIC Australia’s European partner organisation.

In the three previous editions held in Australia, over 100 start-ups have got to grow their business ideas and develop an investor-ready pitch deck after passing through ClimateLaunchpad. Today some of our alumni are at the forefront in Australia of climate-forward enterprises, including SunovateAustralasian Circular Textile AssociationCoreo and Matter. Globally, ClimateLaunchpad has generated more than 6,700 ideas that resulted in the creation of more than 8,000 jobs within 1,900 new companies.

“ClimateLauchpad was a complete gamechanger for us, enabling us to commence our seed funding round with a really promising outlook.” – Cesira Leigh, Founder of Sunovate (2018 ClimateLaunchpad Australia winner).

“A business school in disguise, that is how former participants refer to our competition. We transform people with green tech ideas into successful entrepreneurs. Climate change is solvable. Not with single cure, we need – and there will be – thousands of big and small cures. Green start-ups lead the charge in fixing this.” – Frans Nauta, ClimateLaunchpad founder.

Information about ClimateLaunchpad, how to enter the competition and updates are available at www.climate-kic.org.au/launchpad

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Appendices:
•     2019 numbers in new infographic
•     2019 winners recap video

Media contacts:
Climate-KIC Australia – Jessica Hyne | jessica.hyne@climate-kic.org.au | 0487 152 057

Notes:
About ClimateLaunchpad
ClimateLaunchpad is the world’s largest and most successful cleantech and green business ideas competition. Running in over 50 countries, its mission is to unlock the global potential for cleantech to address climate change, and helps to fast-track ideas into businesses. Climate-KIC Australia runs the program in Australia to provide an opportunity for entrepreneurs, students and researchers to connect to a global network of investors, accelerators and market opportunities.

The program is run in collaboration with EIT Climate-KIC, the EU’s major climate innovation initiative.

About Climate-KIC Australia
Climate-KIC Australia is a knowledge and innovation community that aims to inspire and enable climate action by being a catalyst for systemic change, through innovation. Born out of a collaboration with EIT Climate-KIC, Europe’s largest public-private partnership focused on climate change, Climate-KIC Australia specialises in supporting on-the-ground innovation to catalyse system change. We establish links between research, business, entrepreneurs, investors and government to drive transformational projects that unlock change at the speed and scale the climate challenge needs.

About Future Battery Industries CRC
The Future Battery Industries Cooperative Research Centre is enabling the growth of battery industries to power Australia’s future. We bring together industry, researchers, governments and the community to ensure Australia plays a leading role in the global battery revolution.

Our work is critical in making our industries more competitive by harnessing the research skills and industry expertise required to create new economic opportunities.

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