Azerbaijan is now part of the world’s largest Green Business Idea Competition, ClimateLaunchpad. ClimateLaunchpad helps entrepreneurs to create, develop and promote their clean technology ideas to create the best possible future for our planet.
Who can enter the Climate Launchpad Competition?
Anyone with a promising cleantech idea who dreams of becoming an entrepreneur should join. You can be a new start-up, SME, researcher, student, public organisation, consultant, engineer, a combination of the above or something that doesn’t fit a job title. Don’t worry if you don’t have a business plan quite ready. We’ll help you strengthen your plan or teach you how to create one.
Your green idea can be almost anything that uses existing technology to do more with fewer resources, has a commercial driver and potential to tackle climate change. It 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. As long as it’s in the cleantech domain. Even if your idea is still on the back of a napkin, you’re most welcome to apply. Not sure if your idea fits the bill? Check out past finalists of ClimateLaunchpad here and more examples of cleantech startups here.
What kind of ideas this competition is looking for?
If you have an idea, or are an early stage startup with a climate impact proposal, we encourage you to apply. This green idea can be about an all out mind shift in urban mobility, a sustainable transition in the food chain or any other way to tackle climate change. It does not need to be high tech, but it does need to have a positive impact on climate and environment.
Where do I submit my idea? Do I need to submit a business plan?
Apply by filling out the application form here until April 16th 2017. No need for a business plan just yet. We will help you strengthen your plan or teach you how to create one.
What happens after submitting my idea?
Our National Juries select the best proposals to join the National Competition. Those that are selected will move along 4 steps:
Step 1: Boot Camp – 6th and 7th of May, 2017
ClimateLaunchpad kicks off with a 2 – days Boot Camp. You will learn all you need to know about jump-starting your business from international experts.
Step 2: Intensive National Coaching sessions – May – July, 2017
The Boot Camp is followed-up by 6 Coaching Sessions. You will learn to perfect your pitch, build perfect value proposition and business model.
Step 3: National Final – 5th of August, 2017
After the National Coaching sessions, you will be ready for the National Final where you get to pitch in front of a Jury consisting of international and local members and win prizes and a fully sponsored spot to the Grand Final in Limasol, Cyprus in October 2017.
Step 4: Grand Final – Limasol, Cyprus, October 2017
The Top-3 ideas from each countries will enter the Grand Final. In this ultimate final you’ll pitch your idea in front of the EU’s leading investors and entrepreneurs. Impress them and gain access to Climate-KIC Accelerator, the 18-month real life business school where great ideas grow into great businesses. The European Top-10, selected in the Grande Finale, will get direct access into Climate-KIC Accelerator without having to pitch to a review board.
– The winner of the Grand Final gets € 10,000,
– The runner up gets € 5,000,
– The third place wins € 2,500.
All prize winners are responsible for any taxes, wire transfer costs and other possible costs relating to the prize money.
Think you can tackle climate change?
Submitting your idea is free and very easy. Apply before 16th of April, 2017. Got questions? Ask official facebook page of ClimateLaunchpad Azerbaijan here.