EIT Climate-KIC ClimateLaunchpad

Join the Green Business Ideas Competition

The competition is a ticket to global success. Provided you have a green business idea and have what it takes to become an entrepreneur.

The idea can be an innovation in renewable energy, a sustainable transition in the food chain, a mind shift in urban mobility or any other way to tackle climate change.

The application deadline depends on a country. Please, check it out here.

How it works

To enter the competition submit an idea or innovation with environmental impact. EIT Climate-KIC will help you fast track that idea into a business and bypass all possible pitfalls along the way. You’ll learn how to get your idea funded and launched.

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Once you are selected to join the EIT Climate-KIC ClimateLaunchpad, the Boot Camp and coaching sessions will help you develop your idea to a rock-solid plan. You will pitch this during your National Final and Regional Finals. The winners of each Regional Final will go on to compete in the Global Grand Final.
Even if your idea is on the back of a napkin, you’re most welcome to join.

All entries will be reviewed and ideas that fit the bill of our competition get invited to join.

EIT ClimateLaunchpad countries

In 2020 the competition is open to participants based in the countries listed on this page.


Once you’re accepted to join the competition, the games begin:

  • Step 1: Boot Camp

The EIT Climate-KIC ClimateLaunchpad kicks off with a two-days Boot Camp in your own country. The trainers will teach you all you need to know about jump-starting your business.

  • Step 2: Intensive coaching and National Finals (and if applicable Regional Finals)

The Boot Camp is followed by a period of intensive coaching. You’ll perfect your pitch, value proposition and business model. After that, you are ready to rock your National Final where you will pitch in front of the National Jury. If applicable, the top teams may go on to Regional Finals. Winning teams of National and/or Regional Finals get to compete in the Global Grand Final.

  • Step 3: Global Grand Final

There is prize money to be won. The overall winner of the Global Grand Final receives EUR 10 000, the runner-up gets EUR 5 000 and the idea that comes in third place wins EUR 2 500. The top 16 teams selected by the jury to perform in the Final Round of the Global Grand Final, will automatically get direct access to the EIT Climate-KIC ClimateLaunchpad Accelerator, the renowned business school where great ideas grow into great businesses.

Small print

Let EIT Climate-KIC challenge you, join the competition. But before you do, EIT Climate-KIC just want to make sure that you:

  • have not yet started a business or you started it less than one year ago
  • have no substantial revenue
  • you have attracted no more than EUR 200 000 in investment;
  • you have not yet sold products, solutions or prototypes on commercial terms


Apply now