Do you have a clean-tech business idea that needs wings?

Join the world’s largest green business ideas competition across 35 countries. We train you. You compete nationally. Together with our industry experts we transform your idea into a sustainable business. Whether your idea is still on the back of a napkin or fully fledged, you are most welcome to join.

What is ClimateLaunchpad?


The ClimateLaunchpad is the world’s largest global green technology business idea competition organised by Climate-KIC Europe in more than 35 countries.

Climate-KIC Australia facilitates the annual competition here in Australia. Together we fast track sustainability ideas, help them grow into businesses and get successfully funded.


Starting with a national call, Climate-KIC Australia, searches the country for the most promising cleantech ideas and solutions.

The qualifying teams attend two-day Boot Camp programs where they receive hands-on training to develop their ideas into impactful businesses, followed by meetings with their team mentors.


Next there are local and national competitions where entrepreneurs battle to convince the jury their business idea is the best.

The 3 national winner teams attend the Global ClimateLaunchpad Finals in Europe with the chance to win a ticket to the high level EIT Climate-KIC Accelerator program and prize money.

Dates and Locations

Locations Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.
Submission deadline Australia (all cities) June 6th 2018
2-Day Boot Camps July 2018 see dates for each city
State Finals September 2018
National Finals 3 October 2018
Global Finals in Europe  November 2018

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What happens with my idea?
Your idea stays yours. 100%. We just help you train, compete & launch.

The program is free of charge for the selected teams.

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Meet your Boot Camp trainer from Climate-KIC Europe Hans Westerhof

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Who can apply to ClimateLaunchpad?

The competition is open to any Australian resident – being a 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.

Participants must have:

  • not yet started a business or started it less than one year ago
  • no substantial revenue
  • attracted less than € 200,000 in total funding (this includes research grants, government loan, angel or VC investment etc, but excludes your PhD salary for instance)
  • not yet sold products, solutions or prototypes on commercial terms.

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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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