ClimateLaunchpad 2021

Queensland portal

So we’ve scoured the state far and wide, and uncovered some of the smartest, most innovative ideas to tackle climate change in the country. Now it’s time to take their ideas and mould them in to viable green businesses.

First thing’s first. The pre-Boot Camp mini-course.

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Key dates

Boot camp 24-26 May 2021
Everledger: Level 6, 262 Adelaide Street, Brisbane 4000
Webinar 1: Competitive advantages and work to be done 10 June 2021, 09:00-10:30 AEST
Webinar 2: Assumptions, experience design, customer discovery 17 June 2021, 17:30-18:30 AEST
Webinar 3: Your perfect pitch 24 June 2021, 17:30-18:30 AEST
Pitch Panel 7 July 2021, 17:00-18:30 AEST
National Pitch Final 27 August 2021, 17:00-18:30AEST
Regional Pitch Final (South-East Asia and Oceania) late August – early September 2021
Global Grant Final online) October 2021

Meet the Queensland cohort


Behive is an innovative engagement network to encourage environmentally responsible behaviour. Using a web platform and drop off places (business partners in the hive), residents can win vouchers and exchange them for rewards from the City Council and local retailers. This idea aims to promote recycling and environmental responsibility among residents directly rewarding correct environmental actions. Recycling also plays an important part in achieving the climate change objectives, by reducing the amount of waste going to landfill, and subsequent greenhouse gas emissions.

Complete Solar Automation Solutions

To facilitate the transformation of the grid to wind and solar, Complete Solar Automation Solutions (CSAS) aims to develop a controller which will utilize existing (and proven) large scale battery energy storage and inverter technology (Delta, ABB, Sungrow etc. PCS units) to directly address the issues above as well as provide a range of behind the meter applications such as increasing self-consumption from excess Solar PV, reducing maximum demand and backup power to critical loads which provide further investment opportunities.


Inspired by Dr Charles Massy’s work in regenerative farming. The business will provide a platform for automated multi-agent system assisted optimisation of carbon sequestration of grazing grasslands.

Every Drop

Every Drop Counts helps communities to engage with their local fresh water resources and make the changes required to ensure that they are conserved for generations to come. Through active domestic water monitoring, education, community engagement and advocacy, this program gives all Australians the opportunity to join a growing movement that takes charge of their water and builds climate resilience in their communities.”


Fasade helps customers reduce their growing CO2 emissions through better cloud data management practices. There is a great deal of unnecessary or redundant data that an enterprise stores (around 80% of the total amount), and Fasade is an online tool that aggregates, audits and then helps to reduce this data, allowing organisations to reduce GHG emissions in the process.

Give it a Whirl

Whirl digital platform empowers its customers to build confidence in new technologies (starting with electric cars and their chargers), supporting you in as you learn what you need to know to get ready to buy. Clean energy technologies are most impactful when they form an eco-system. However, they are sold separately and the process for home-own to acquire them piece by piece is complex, stressful and poorly designed. Creating a digital end-to-end model for consumers alleviates the “piecing it together” in a way that works for the customer.

Rent Vintage Wisdom

Rent Vintage Wisdom is an online vintage clothing rental service for one off special occasions and a subscription box for everyday vintage clothing. Clothing is sourced from the original owners or their families and the stories of the people who first wore it are shared with renters. The service is supported by a physical workroom for intergenerational skills exchange to increase knowledge around mending and textiles care to prolong the life of garments. Garments are directed away from landfill and the rag trade, keeping them as part of the circular economy as a shared resource and reducing the consumption of single wear fashion.

Meet team CLP

Hans Westerhof

Hans is a certified ClimateLaunchpad Boot Camp trainer with an impressive track record as an entrepreneur building successful start-ups and training entrepreneurs across the globe. Hans is based in Amsterdam and loves meeting the new innovators and entrepreneurs from Down Under. Hans has received outstanding feedback for his “honest, knowledgeable, fun and impactful” style of running the Boot Camps.

Will Soutar

Will is your Queensland ClimateLaunchpad facilitator for Climate-KIC Australia. He will be there with you at your Boot Camps, and provide guidance through the program. Will can leverage his experience in business model, product and system development within fintech start-ups and corporate innovation teams.

Sina Lengelsen

Sina is your Australian ClimateLaunchpad Lead at Climate-KIC Australia, she will guide you through the process and keep you up-to-date on what happens next and provide general advice on the way. With an entrepreneurial mind-set and start-up experience, an education from Harvard University and a strong background in NGO and social enterprise management, international project development and communications, Sina is well equipped to point the next climate change innovators in the right direction. You have questions about the competition? Get in touch!

Jes Hyne

Jes is your Australian ClimateLaunchpad communications & marketing and tweeter-at-large at Climate-KIC Australia, she’ll be with you at the bootcamps making sure you sound smart and look cute, which is to say, your cameras are turned on and you have access to a mic. Get in touch if you need any tech-related assistance, or have ideas for promo or saw a really good tweet.

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