Meet Australia’s next generation of start-ups taking on climate change

Published 23 Jul 2021

By Jessica Hyne

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23 July 2021 – Eight green start-ups have emerged victorious and made it through to the Australian National Final of ClimateLaunchpad, due to take place in late August.

ClimateLaunchpad, the world’s biggest cleantech and green business ideas competition, has kicked off its competition phase in Australia. Since entering the program in April, 28 early-stage cleantech and ‘green’ start-ups have completed intensive three-day boot camps, participated in workshops with industry leaders, and received other support to help them finesse their innovations into something scalable, investible and impactful.

Over the past two weeks, teams have competed at a state level to reveal the eight top cleantech and green businesses in Australia for 2021. These teams will go on to compete at the Australian National Final of the competition and advance to further stages of the competition.

One team at the National Final will win a development grant worth $50k from Humanitech, to help them pilot their concept.

The teams are:

Allegro Energy: Allegro Energy have invented a new, water-based electrolyte system that does not compromise on performance, and makes many battery types not only much cheaper, but also environmentally friendly and compatible with a circular economy.

Australian Circular: Australian Circular will use an environmentally friendly and cost-effective process to recycle spent lithium-ion batteries and recover precious metal-oxides for use in diverse sectors.

EYWA: EYWA have developed an onsite waste-to-energy refuse bin, that eliminates the hassle and cost of waste collection, while producing clean energy.

Fasade: Fasade helps reduce CO2 emissions and data storage costs by enabling medium-large enterprises to better manage cloud data management practices by reducing redundancy and unnecessary data.

SEE Labs: SEE Labs will extract viable materials from spent electric vehicle batteries and repurpose and reassemble into ready-to-use batteries for light vehicle manufacturers in India.

Sucoil: Sucoil have developed a reusable sponge to clean up marine oil and hydrocarbon spills that enables the oil to be recovered and reused, rather than burned off.

Whirl: Whirl is a digital platform that empowers its customers to build confidence in new technologies (starting with electric cars and their chargers) by building a peer network to help customers navigate a complex purchasing process without sales pressure.

Woodify: Woodify have developed a digital platform that seamlessly integrates with existing tools to enable architects and builders to make the most sustainable choices when it comes to construction and design.

ClimateLaunchpad is a worldwide cleantech and green business pitching competition run by EIT Climate-KIC – the EU’s major climate innovation initiative, with over 55 countries participating this year. In Australia, the program is run by Climate-KIC Australia, and receives funding and support from the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources, the RACE for 2030 CRC and the Future Battery Industries CRC. Winners of the Australian National Final will move on to the international phases of the competition, first in South-East Asia, and then, if successful, the Global Grand Final in November.

The Australian National Final of ClimateLaunchpad will take place on the 27th of August, with the top three teams moving on to the ClimateLaunchpad South-East Asia & Oceania Regional Final in September. Register your interest in attending/viewing here.

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Jessica Hyne | Climate-KIC Australia | 0487 152 057 | Jessica.hyne@climate-kic.org.au

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