ClimateLaunchpad 2021

Victoria 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 31 May-2 June 2021
Melbourne Connect: 700 Swanston Street, Carlton 3053
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 14 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 Victoria cohort

Australian Circular

Australian Circular’s technology will be able to recycle spent lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) with mixed chemistry using just two steps. The process will recover materials to use as energy storage electrodes and value-added products for diverse sectors. This is achieved through an environmentally friendly and cost-effective method based on pyrolysis and electrodeposition using recyclable reagents.

Blended Capital Pacific

Blended Capital Pacific proposes the establishment of a business serving Pacific Island Countries through distributed off-grid solar infrastructure products and services in a sustainable and scalable way using market-based solutions. The business prioritises the creation of sustainable livelihoods for local communities. The business model is based on a successful ‘hub and spoke’ social enterprise business model. The ambition of the business is to address the susceptibility of Pacific Island countries to natural disasters including climate change and enhance economic and social resilience by employing a market-based model so that communities can access critical and affordable off-grid solar infrastructure and associated products.

Cool Amps

Cool Amps’ concept product utilises battery technology in a refrigerator/freezer appliance with the purpose of providing an alternative source of power during intermittent and prolonged power outages. This will help preserve food stocks during a crisis when there may be a scarcity of food.

Forest Carbon Analytics and Carbon Trading

Agile, reliable and scalable tree canopy assessment and forest carbon offsets accounting and methods using UAV Drone with RGB camera and LiDAR system remote sensing and GIS, growth & yield modelling, biomass- carbon projection modelling and forest carbon estate modelling solution service system and forest carbon offsets exchange.

It offers a reliable forest carbon offsets methodology and forest carbon projects for measuring incremental carbon sequester starting from young forest carbon plantations (i.e. 1 year old plantation) to maturity (e.g. 30 years old plantation) and develop tradable forest carbon estate model for forest carbon trading/ exchange.”

Forever Packaging

Re-using packaging by simplifying and insetivising its re-use and return. The system will take advantage of NFCand RFID tags, smart contracts and existing applications to make the return of packaging profitable and by imposing a small penalty for holding it or for disposing it in the wrong way.


Establishing a suburban meat lab (microbrewery style) that produces and provides alternative protein options (clean meat) to conscious consumers. This will eliminate the need to slaughter animals and ship the meat to sell in retail shops.


Providing smart advanced solutions to repurpose the batteries for light vehicles and household applications that mitigates climate change globally by reducing several pollutants like toxic chemicals contained in the batteries that will otherwise end up in landfills or recycling centres and affect the environment and/or public health.

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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