Meet the next generation of Aussie startups taking on climate change

Startup founder pitches at the ClimateLaunchpad Global Grand Final
Startup founder pitches at the ClimateLaunchpad Global Grand Final

Published 18 Aug 2022

By Jessica Hyne

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18 August 2022 – Six green start-ups have emerged victorious and made it through to the Australian National Final of ClimateLaunchpad, due to take place on September 9.

ClimateLaunchpad, the world’s biggest cleantech and green business ideas competition, has kicked off its competition phase in Australia. Since entering the program in May, 20 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, customer-ready and poised to make climate impact.

Last month, teams competed against their colleagues to reveal the six top cleantech and green businesses in Australia for 2022. These teams will go on to compete at the Australian Final of the competition.

The top three teams in Australia will advance to the next phase of the competition, the Asia-Pacific regional final, slated for 22 September, in hopes of winning a pitching slot at the ClimateLaunchpad Global Grand Final in October.

Finalists also have opportunities to win tickets and pitching slots at the 2022 Victorian Cleantech Expo, being held in October, and the Global Entrepreneurship Congress, being held in Melbourne next year.

The Australian finalist teams are:
Ecosystem Farms: Ecosystem Farms is a farming platform that integrates agriculture and aquaculture, leveraging natural ecosystems. The platform uses 95% less water, no soil, can grow plants from herbs to orchard trees, no chemical fertilisers, is compatible with large scale equipment like tractors, and is scalable for large primary production.

Origo: Origo is Australia’s biggest product sourcing platform and software that analyses the sustainability of the entire product chain. The platform allows food companies to make informed decisions around transport, logistics, packaging and sourcing of products to reduce the carbon footprint of single products and product chains.

Spark3D: Spark3D manufactures 3D printers for electronics, solar cells and batteries, that can deposit metals, semiconductors, polymers and insulators, faster and at higher resolution than existing techniques, while using less energy, and creating almost no waste.

SythLett Cells: SythLett Cells manufacture slower-degrading, lightweight, non-flammable batteries for use in aviation.

Thermal X Engineering: Thermal X Engineering brings heat pump technology into low temperature energy generation applications to create more efficient, more cost effective and more widely applicable energy generation solutions.

UpSol: A social enterprise supplying rapidly deployable containerised solar power systems with back-up battery energy storage, as a sustainable substitute for diesel powered generators.

ClimateLaunchpad is a worldwide cleantech and green business pitching competition run by EIT Climate-KIC – the EU’s major climate innovation initiative, with over 60 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.

The Australian National Final of ClimateLaunchpad will take place on the 9th of September at Fishburners in Sydney, and will also be livestreamed. For in person and online tickets, please visit



Sina Lengelsen | Climate-KIC Australia | 0410 868 248 |

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