ClimateLaunchpad 2023

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How it works


Learn all you can on how to successfully start your green business. ClimateLaunchpad kicks off with an intensive Boot Camp & follow-up coaching sessions.


Present your investor-ready pitch deck at Australian and Global Pitch Finals. Convince our jury, and you’ll convince any client or investor.


Yep, of course there are national and international prizes and pathways for the winners. The real prize? Networking opportunities and a chance to find your first customer or investor.

Full program overview
ClimateLaunchpad was a complete gamechanger for us. We went from having what we thought was a pretty solid idea, to a fully-fledged plan for taking our product to market, which has enabled us to commence our seed funding round, with a really promising outlook.
Cesira Leigh
CEO, Sunovate (ClimateLaunchpad 2018 winner)

Key dates 2023^

Applications open 8 March 2023
Submission deadline 26 April 2023
Successful teams notified 12 May 2023
Self-directed Online course 15-29 May 2023 (approx 1 hour)
Boot Camp  Day 1 – Geelong  (hybrid delivery) 30 May 2023, 14.00 – 19.00 AEST
Boot Camp  Day 2 – Geelong  (hybrid delivery) 31 May 2023, 14.00 – 19.00 AEST
Boot Camp  Day 3 – Geelong  (hybrid delivery) 1 June 2023, 14.00 – 19.00 AEST
Webinar 1 14 June 2023, 17.00-18.30 AEST
Webinar 2 19 June 2023, 17.00-18.30 AEST
Webinar 3 26 June 2023, 17.00-18.30 AEST
Mentoring (teams are matched with a hand-picked mentor that complements their skill-set – 1 hr/wk for 4 wks) 3 July – 29 July 2023
Pitch Final 11 August 2023


^ Plans change, things go wrong, we’re all just people. Dates are subject to change.

Meet some of our alum

Emmi (VIC)
2019 Global Grand Finalist

Emmi is building the tools needed for organisations to translate their carbon footprints into a financial liability number, so that carbon can be treated as a factor in the decision-making process, alongside standard financial metrics.
To date, they have raised over $5m, and are trusted by some of Australia's biggest super funds, including Aware and HESTA, as well as asset consultants like JANA.


Why wouldn’t you apply if you have a climate idea… What do you have to lose? You will only make something of your idea by connecting with people and iterating on it – CLP is a perfect “launchpad” to do this.

Michael Lebbon – CEO, Emmi

Replated (NSW)
2018 National Finalist

Every year BCorp honours it’s community by highlighting the best BCorps in the world across their areas of impact. In 2021, Replated were honored by being named among the top 5% of BCorps for the environment in the world. It’s an incredible validation of the approach they have taken which puts circularity at the heart of everything that they do and ensures that they consider the needs of their customers, their people and the planet ahead of profit.


ClimateLaunchpad really validated what we were doing at a very early stage. It gave me a lot of valuable tools and methodologies to follow to help build and shape a customer focused business.


The whole team were amazing and supportive and I enjoyed the process of the sessions but also since then having some cheerleaders for what we do out in the world!

Naomi Tarszisz – Founder, Replated

Applications close 26 April 2023

This is your opportunity to get free, personalised support to help turn your green business idea into a startup with global potential. Even if your idea is still on the back of a napkin,  we want to hear from you. It only takes one hour to apply – what do you have to lose?

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Meet team CLP

Sina Lengelsen
Principal - Innovation Programs Climate-KIC Australia

As Principal of Innovation Programs, Sina comes with a strong background in NGO management, international project development, communications and an education from Harvard University. Sina is best equipped to point the next climate change innovators in the right direction.

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 +).

Our partners

Many thanks to the City of Greater Geelong for sponsoring the ClimateLaunchpad Australian program in 2023. ClimateLaunchpad is part of the entrepreneurship offerings of EIT Climate-KIC. Climate-KIC Australia delivers the ClimateLaunchpad program in Australia.