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ClimateLaunchpad 2019 Portal

How does the competition work?


Stage 1 – perfect your idea

As a successful applicant, attend a two-day Boot Camp in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne or Perth.  Learn everything from understanding your beachhead market and calculating your finances to finding and understanding your customer. Set up your business pitch-deck and learn how to pitch like a pro.

Following Boot Camp attend 4 evening webinars with KIC’s industry expert coaches (one hour a week, over one month) to help you polish your pitch deck.

Then, its pitch time! Come to the pitch evening and deliver your 5-minute pitch in front of your peers and a judging panel of industry experts.

The top 2 teams will move on to the next stage. For some remaining teams there will be opportunities to take your ideas further with KIC’s partner network.


Stage 2 – get mentored and compete

Congratulations, you’ve made it to the next round.

Get matched to an expert mentor to help take your idea and pitch-deck to the next level.

Our mentors, executive-level industry experts, are keen to support new entrepreneurs. Catch-up one hour each week, over four weeks – either in person with your mentor or online – to work on your pitch deck.

Now you’re ready! Pitch at the National Pitch Final in front of a diverse audience and a jury of experts from the start-up industry. The top 2 teams selected, get to go global!


Stage 3 – travel overseas and go global

Here we go! Time to pack your suitcase and pitch deck to go global. We send you to the Global Pitch Finals.

Meet peers from 50 other countries to network and celebrate innovation and entrepreneurship. Attend industry workshops with investors and global accelerator professionals. And, of course, pitch your clean-tech business idea to a global audience and judging panel.

The top 10 teams globally 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. Check out prizes here.

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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. 

Dates and Locations

Locations Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.
Submission deadline Australia (all cities) June 10
2-Day Boot Camps July 2019  Find dates for your city
Pitch Panels (a 2-hour evening get-together) August 2019 ClimateLaunchpad Pitch Panel Dates for each city
National Pitch Final (a 2-hour evening event) 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, 18 years and older,  with an innovative green idea – whether it’s fully fledged or sketched on the back of a coaster. As an early stage start-up, SME, researcher, student, public organisation, consultant or anyone else you’re welcome.

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

“A green business school in disguise, that is how former participants refer to our competition. We train people with green ideas to become successful entrepreneurs.  We know climate change is solvable. We also know there will not be one single cure, we need – and there will be – thousands of big and small cures. That is why it is our mission to fix climate change, one start-up at a time.

Frans Nauta, ClimateLaunchpad founder


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

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.

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, Co-Founder of Sunovate and 2018 Australian winner

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