ClimateLaunchpad is the world’s leading green business ideas competition. A part of ClimateKIC, the European Union’s largest climate innovation initiative, the program supports very early-stage green entrepreneurship to grow their green ideas into global business. Founded in 2014, the competition has grown from European to global coverage (45 countries in 2018).
The process is as follows:
- 15-week outreach
- 2-day Bootcamp
- 10wks of one-on-one coaching
- Regional Finals in September
- International Finals in October
At the end of the program, startups have a working business plans whose top 2-3 assumptions have been validated through at least 20 customer interviews.
Climate Launchpad India to date
ClimateLaunchpad launched in India in 2017 and has completed five (5) accelerator programs thus far in the states of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, and Tamil Nadu, supporting 45 climate and cleantech startups.
Four startups selected in the India Finals in Sept 2018 went to Scotland to compete in the Grand Finals where 130+ national winning startups from 45 countries competed. In Scotland, three Indian startups made it to the final round of 16, while JSP from Chennai won 2nd place overall and a spot in the ClimateKIC accelerator in Europe.
Climate Launchpad India 2019
In 2019, ClimateLaunchpad India has opened in 14 states, targeting to support 140 climate and cleantech startups this year:
South West region North East
Tamil Nadu Maharashtra NCR Odisha
Karnataka Gujarat Punjab
Andhra Pradesh Rajasthan UP
Given the large size of the program, we will host three regional finals in September, from which each state will select one winner to the Grand Final in Europe, in addition to three (3) at-large winners, in late October.
Region India Finals Date
South Chennai Sept 14
West Mumbai Sept 21
North Delhi Sept 28
For more, see www.climatelaunchpad.org