Join the world’s largest green-tech business ideas competition!

Join the world’s largest green business and clean-technology ideas competition across 50 countries. We train you. You compete nationally. Work together with industry experts to transform your idea into a sustainable business. Whether your idea is still on the back of a napkin or a fully fledged early stage start-up, you are most welcome to join. Ideas might be an innovation in renewable energy, a sustainable transition in how we grow, get and eat our food, a mind shift in how we get around our cities or any other way to tackle climate change.

Please ensure you meet the eligibility criteria outlined below before submitting your application.

How does the competition work?


Stage 1 

If your application is successful you will attend a two-day Boot Camp in your city where you will work on your idea and learn everything from understanding your beachhead market, calculating your finances, finding and understanding your customer, setting up a pitch-deck and learning how to pitch like a pro.

The Boot Camp is followed by 4 evening webinars with KIC’s industry expert coaches (one hour per week over one month) to help you finalise your pitch deck.

Once your pitch deck is ready and you will deliver your 5 minute pitch along with your peers in front of a judging panel of industry experts.

The top 2 teams will move on to the next stage. Many of the remaining teams will be provided with other opportunities and prizes.


Stage 2

Congratulations, you made it into the next round. The top 2 teams in each city will now be matched to an expert mentor to help you launch your start-up idea to the next level.

All our mentors are Director- and CEO-level industry experts who are keen to support new entrepreneurs. You will catch-up with your mentor for one hour per week over four weeks – either in person or online to work on your pitch deck.

Your pitch deck is now ready to be shown to Australia at the National Pitch Final event where you will pitch in front of a diverse audience to a jury of experts from the start-up industry. The top 2 teams will be selected to go global!


Stage 3

Here we go! Time to pack your suitcase and pitch deck to go global!

We will send you to the Global Pitch Finals where you will meet your peers from 50 other countries to network, attend industry workshops with investors and global accelerator professionals, celebrate innovation and entrepreneurship and – of course – pitch your clean-tech business idea to a global audience and judging panel.

If you make it in to the top 10 teams globally you will be offered a spot in the incredible EIT Climate-KIC Accelerator Program based in Europe, which includes major seed funding and cash prizes. In 2017, 13 innovators on the Forbes 30 under 30 list came out of the KIC programs.

Dates and Locations

Locations Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.
Submission deadline Australia (all cities) May 31
2-Day Boot Camps July 2019  (dates TBC)
Webinars (4 webinars, 1 hour per week) August/September 2019 (dates TBC)
Pitch Panels  August 2019 (dates TBC)
National Pitch Final (city TBC) 3 October 2019
Global Pitch Final (country TBC)  November 2019 (date TBC)

Who can apply to ClimateLaunchpad?

The competition is open to any Australian resident – being an early stage start-up, SME, researcher, student, public organisation, consultant or anyone else with an innovative green idea, whether it’s fully fledged or sketched on the back of a coaster. 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.

Please ensure you meet the Eligibility Criteria :

    • 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:
  • you have not yet started a business or your company has been incorporated for less than a year (definition: your legal entity does not exist for more than 1 year);
  • you have attracted less than € 200.000 in investment (definition: no funding as a venture. Funding as a student is not counted);
  • you have not yet sold products, solutions or prototypes on commercial terms. If you are unsure about your eligibility to enter the Competition, please Contact us

Apply to ClimateLaunchpad


Who runs ClimateLaunchpad?

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 Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane.

What happens with my idea?

Your idea stays yours. 100%. We just help you train and compete.

What are the costs?

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.

Remind me, what can I win?

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.

Where can I find the Terms & Conditions for the competition?

You will have to agree to the Terms & conditions of ClimateLaunchpad before submitting your application. You can find them here. 

In what other ways can I get involved with ClimateLaunchpad ?

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.

More questions? Contact us

Learn more about ClimateLaunchpad

Connecting you to a global community and market

Watch this three minute video to hear from our global 2018 Alumni and international partners to get a feeling for what to expect.

You can check out all previous finalist innovators and  start-ups here. 

Meet your Trainer and Australian Lead

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!

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 normally based in Amsterdam and loves coming to Australia once a year to meet 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.

You will meet our very experienced industry experts and mentors during your time in the ClimateLaunchpad competition.

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“We have to fix climate change and we have one generation to fix it. All over the world there are so many great entrepreneurs working on ideas to tackle climate change. ClimateLaunchpad boosts those entrepreneurs to global success.”

– Frans Nauta, Founder ClimateLaunchpad 

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