The competition is open to any Australian resident, 18 years and older, with an innovative cleantech or green business idea – whether it’s fully fledged or sketched on the back of a coaster. As an early stage start-up, small- to medium-sized enterprise, researcher, student, public organisation, consultant or anyone else you’re welcome.
We encourage you to apply as a team of at least 2 people. You don’t have a team mate, yet? You can still apply and if successful invite a colleague or friend to attend the Boot Camp with you.
You can not enter ClimateLaunchpad if you’ve already been accepted into EIT Climate-KIC Accelerator or have participated in ClimateLaunchpad with the same business idea in a previous year.
You can enter if:
If you are unsure about your eligibility to enter the Competition, please Contact us
ClimateLaunchpad is the world’s largest clean-tech and green business ideas competition across 50 countries. The competition was founded and initiated by EIT Climate-KIC – the European Union’s major climate innovation initiative – and facilitated across Australia by Climate-KIC Australia in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.
Your idea stays yours. 100%. We just help you train and compete.
The full program is free of charge for anyone within Australia accepted into the competition. If you live at the outskirts of a city where we run the Boot Camps (see above) you will have to pay for your own commute and if necessary accommodation to attend the Boot Camp.
Climate-KIC Australia provides a travel budget for the top two teams in each city to attend the National Pitch Final which helps to covers flights and accomodation. We also provide a travel budget to the two teams that attend the Global Finals. The amount and terms & conditions for those travel budgets will be communicated with the relevant teams.
Prizes differ per city. The top-10 teams at the Global Pitch Final win direct access to the EIT Climate-KIC accelerator.
All other Global Finalists get a chance to pitch their idea in front of the review board of EIT Climate-KIC Accelerator to gain access to the programme. Last but not least: the overall Winner of the Global Pitch Final receives € 10,000, the runner up gets € 5,000 and the idea that comes in third place wins € 2,500. All prizewinners are responsible for any taxes, wire transfer costs and other possible costs related to receiving the prize money.
Climate-KIC Australia supports the most promising start-ups through various pipelines and pathways with our many national partners. Participating in the Australian ClimateLaunchpad can also give you access into other competitions, Pre- and Accelerator Programs, social impact programs and other networks.
You will have to agree to the Terms & Conditions of ClimateLaunchpad before submitting your application. You can find them here.
We’d love for you to get involved. We are always in need of funding and volunteer mentors or business coaches. Just send us an e-mail.