ClimateLaunchpad 2020

East Coast portal

Key dates

Boot camp 6-8 July 2020
Online via Zoom
Webinar 1: Assumptions, experience design, customer discovery 16 July 2020, 17:30-18:30 AEST
Webinar 2: Competitive advantages and work to be done 23 July 2020, 17:30-18:30 AEST
Webinar 3: Your perfect pitch 30 July 2020, 17:30-18:30 AEST
Pitch Panel 5 August 2020, 17:00-18:30 AEST
National Pitch Final (a 2-hour evening event) 26 August 2020, 17:00-18:30AEST
Regional Pitch Final (South-East Asia – hosted by Indonesia) late August – early September 2020
Global Pitch Final mid-late September 2020

Meet the East Coast cohort


Mitigating the health costs of climate change using a volunteer network to check on vulnerable citizens, especially elderly and disabled, during adverse weather conditions such as during heat waves, or incidences of poor air quality. The network can be naturally extended to other conditions such as infectious disease.


Current battery storage relies on unsustainable mining of global reserves of lithium and cobalt that could potentially become constrained and expensive. In addition, current battery technologies have safety issues particularly at elevated temperatures. The proposed technology is composed of safe, sustainable, environmentally-friendly, earth-abundant and cheap raw materials. These properties make our technology an excellent candidate for many high volume mobility applications, in particular in high density populations where lower driving range but affordable EVs, electric bikes and scooters are in high demand, and where weather conditions require a more stable technology than is currently available.

Lionics Energy

Our battery electrolyte technology allows for the next generation of high energy-density lithium-based batteries to operate where Li-ion batteries perform poorly. The proposed business idea is to establish a cell manufacturing facility that will serve niche markets, such as mining trucks operating in the hot Australian climate. The improved battery performance will aid in the electrification of mine sites and the truck fleet, thereby reducing diesel emissions.


Localcycle is a local organic waste management available for cafes, restaurants, offices and councils to divert their organic waste from entering landfill and simultaneously turn it into added value products such as high-quality mushrooms, design furniture, compost, organic fertiliser sold back to local businesses and the community.

Office of Planetary Observations

A web tool providing environmental analytics from satellite in near real time for city planning purposes. That is every five days at 10m resolution we supply analysis packs for benchmarking or ongoing monitoring of natural indices for council, city planners & developers. Focused on the Urban heat island effect, this big nature data made easily accessible via an online portal provides evidence based decision making for government policy & industry actions towards reducing the heat impacts of our cities & ensurIng a healthy green infrastructure.

Power Ring

Power Ring will serve as a renewable power platform to power IoT networks perpetually using ambient renewable energy (such as solar energy), as a hardware mainboard for sensors to connect to, and as a software center for collecting and sending data.

Seed 2 Diesel

Fuel for agriculture is too expensive. Farmers can grow their own oilseed crops, but to expect every farmer to buy, maintain, and run the equipment for a week every year to make a consistent quality fuel that meets engine standards is unreasonable. We provide equipment through a shared facility, and apply engineering expertise to make consistent quality fuel, and a central place from which to on-sell the meal.

Solid Pumped Hydro Energy Storage (SPHES)

Efficient distributed gravitational storage done all over the world using small 100m or more elevations. Industrial slurry pumps are used to lift unlimited quantities of solid and a limited quantity of water is recycled, the process is reversed to release energy from the down flowing slurry using the pump in turbine mode. Given enough space multi day or even seasonal storage is possible at a dispatchable energy cost of 4c/kwh(AUD) or 2.6c/kwh(USD) including capex, operations and maintenance, and at this cost excess RE can be time shifted viably for 100% RE operation.

Meet team CLP

Jes Hyne
Lead - Marketing and Communications Climate-KIC Australia

Jes is responsible for Climate-KIC Australia’s communications and outreach. With a background working in international organisations, Jessica finds the stories within complicated processes or technical concepts, to connect with audiences and celebrate the successes of climate change changers.

Hans Westerhof
Startup Trainer Occami / ClimateLaunchpad

Startup trainer with background in a broad range of industries and environments. Current focus: startup acceleration in carbon removal and raw materials (metals & minerals) industries through entrepreneurship education, coaching and financing. Focus on execution. Experience in directing projects and programs (US 100 million +).

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