Climate Change

ClimateLaunchpad – The Biggest Green Business Idea Competition on the planet!

ClimateLaunchpad is the Green Business Ideas Competition that seeks to fix climate change, one start-up at a time. By accelerating innovation, we enable a low-carbon future. That kind of change needs the world’s best green ideas. This competition creates a platform for those ideas. We offer training, coaching, access to a global network, and prizes.

Aim of the competition

  1. To unlock more green business ideas around the world;
  2. To create a global wide green business network, engaging with a larger group of (potential) green business start-ups;

Who can enter the ClimateLaunchpad Competition?

Anyone with a green business idea can enter the competition.

We welcome early stage cleantech ideas for innovations in:

  • energy efficiency
  • food and agriculture,
  • industrial technology,
  • renewable energy,
  • transportation,
  • water, or
  • any other way to tackle climate change

Ideas may still be on the back of a napkin.

We welcome ideas from students working as individuals or in teams. We are open to ideas from start-ups and potential start-ups.

There are some restrictions though:

  • Participants can only enter if they have not yet started a business, or have been a start-up for less than 12 months, have no substantial revenue and have no grants or investments above €200,000.
  • Participants must not yet have sold products, solutions or prototypes on commercial terms.
  • Participants cannot apply if their idea has already been accepted into the EIT Climate-KIC Accelerator or if they have participated in ClimateLaunchpad before with the same idea. Submitting a new idea is of course allowed.

Finally, participants must be resident in Ireland during the period of the competition (up to November 2022).

How to enter?

Applicants can submit their idea through the application form on the ClimateLaunchpad website.

What happens after submitting an idea?

Step Details
Step 1:



  • All entries will be invited to follow the self-paced online Mini-course.
  • This Mini-course will be used as part of the selection procedure for the national competition.
  • The national jury will selects 10 teams in Ireland to participate in the next stsage – Online Boot Camp.
Step 2:

Online Boot Camp


  • The Boot Camp consists of three days of online training with a renowned international trainer from the Climate Launchpad programme, focusing on developing and refining your green business idea.
Step 3:

Coaching and National Final


  • The Boot Camp is followed by access to Coaching support where you will learn to perfect your pitch, value your proposition, and develop your business model.
  • After that, you’ll be ready for the National Final where you get to pitch in front of the National Jury.
  • The top 3 ideas from each country then progress to the next stage – regional finals.
Step 4:

Regional Final


  • At the Regional Final you pitch in front of the brightest minds of the region.
  • The best of the best will be chosen to pitch at the grand final stage of the entire competition.
Step 5:

Global Grand Final

  • At the Global Grand Final you pitch your idea remotely for leading investors and entrepreneurs and an international online audience.
  • The jury will select the winner of ClimateLaunchpad 2022.

Key Dates

  • Application deadline: 06 May 2022
  • Digital Bootcamp: 23-25 May 2022
  • National Final: 17 June 2022
  • Regional Final: During September 2022
  • Global Grand Final:  Early November 2022

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