Climate change is one of the biggest existential threats to humanity, but also as one of the largest opportunities we have ever seen. To quote from “climate change” by Joseph Romm; “climate change will have a bigger impact on your family and friends, and all of humanity than the Internet has had”.


Climate change really matters. It is also a fantastic lever within organisations, big and small, to unleash potential and positive impact. It could be the transformative purpose that you have been looking for. It makes business sense too. Transformative purpose has been identified as the key factor to achieve exponential growth and recruit and retain talent.


Free help to develop your green idea

The opportunity is so hot, it sizzles. Which is why Sustainable Nation designed 2oCamp.


2oCamp is a one day workshop that will give anyone with a green idea the tools to develop the idea further. It is open to a start-up or an existing business – everyone with an idea is welcome. Ideas can range from renewable energy to sustainable transport and from smart agriculture right through to new business models and ways to fund projects and make an impact.


The 1-day bootcamp, facilitated by our Entrepreneur in Residence, will put you through the steps and you will learn how to develop a successful green business. Our workbook, based on a proven methodology, is practical and direct. 2oCamp is geared to help you move quickly. As a participate of 2oCamp you will become part of our ecosystem, and we can guide you through the supports and access available to accelerate your business.  


Supported by Enterprise Ireland and Climate-KIC, we believe the more successful you are, the bigger the positive climate impact your business can have.



Supported by Enterprise Ireland and our local partners it is rolled out across the county. Starting in March:

As a follow on, participants of 2oCamp have an opportunity to also participate in ClimateLaunchpad,  the largest green business idea competition in the world.


The cost to attend this programme is normally €150 per person but due to the support of Climate-KIC and Enterprise Ireland, we can offer this programme for free. Register now…


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If you have any questions, you can contact ron.immink@sustainablenation.ie or call on +353851006307.


Have an idea for a sustainable business? Not sure how to get started? Enter ClimateLaunchpad. We’ll help you fast-track your green business idea.  You’ll learn how to get it funded and launched. Worldwide.


ClimateLaunchpad is a global Green Business Idea Competition. It is the largest global competition of its type. But is it more than a competition. It is an accelerator programme for early stage companies. Why? Because we need as many entrepreneurs as possible to tackle one of the biggest challenges of our time – climate change. Apply Now. Apply Here


Your 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.


This competition is open to early stage companies/ ideas – so even if your idea is written on the back of a napkin we want to hear it. In ideal terms 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 € 200,000 in investment;
  • you have not yet sold products, solutions or prototypes on commercial terms.


How does it work…first apply for the programme Here. Once chosen for the programme you will work through the following steps.


Step 1: Boot Camp

ClimateLaunchpad kicks off with a 2-day Boot Camp in Dublin on the 15 and 16 June. Our international trainers will teach you all you need to know about jumpstarting your business.


Step 2: Intensive coaching and National Finals

The Boot Camp is followed by a period of intensive coaching. The six coaching sessions will take place in Dublin during June, July and August.

  • the Deal & Market
  • your Customer and Product
  • Financials
  • Climate Impact
  • Competitive Advantage
  • Team & Founders Dream

In between each coaching session Sustainable Nation’s Entrepreneur in Residence, will be on hand to provide additional support.

At the National Final, which will take place in the first week of September, you’ll get to pitch in front of our national jury. The top-3 will go forward to the Grand Final, which will be held in Cyprus.


Step 3: Grand Final in Cyprus in October

The Top-10 competitors in the Grand Final will get direct access to the Climate-KIC Accelerator, the renowned business school where great ideas grow into great businesses. On top of that there is also prize money. The overall winner of the Grand Final receives € 10,000, the runner up gets € 5,000 and the idea that comes in third place wins € 2,500.

All other National Finalists who made it to the Grand Final get a chance to pitch their idea to the review board of Climate-KIC Accelerator. Impress them and gain access to their programme.


Climate change is the number one biggest business opportunity of the 21st century. Apply your green business idea today.


Train. Compete. Launch. Apply Now. Apply Here


If you have any questions please contact

Ron Immink at ron.immink@sustainablenation.ie or +353 85 1006307 or

Aideen O’Hora at aideen.ohora@sustainablenation.ie or +353 1 525 0290



Three Irish cleantech startup companies have made it to the European Final of a major global business competition that promotes ideas and innovations to tackle climate change.

The shortlisted firms could win major cash prizes and a place on a business accelerator programme to realise their idea.

ClimateLaunchpad, Europe’s largest business ideas competition, was been set up to specifically develop innovations that address sustainability and climate change.

The Irish companies were selected from a national shortlist of 15. They will be up against 90 rivals at the prestigious event in Tallinn, Estonia, on October 7th & 8th.

The three Irish finalists are:

Small Farms: operating in the area of edible insects – including crickets which can be farmed or grown at home to eat as an alternative protein source.

Senergy: a maker of solar panels – but ones which cost 50pc less to produce because they are made from plastic and polymer materials.

SmartTrace Software: building a big data platform that will support the intelligent use of waste materials. Poor material management contributes to over 42% of world pollution

The European ClimateLaunchpad Final is a showcase for the cream of Europe’s cleantech talent and helps them grow their sustainable ideas into global businesses.

The three Irish start-ups will pitch their idea and business plans before an international jury. The jury will award the top-three winners of the European competition funding of 10,000 euro, 5,000 euro and 2,500 euro and the best 10 will take part in the Climate-KIC 18-month accelerator programme.

Eight teams participated in the Irish ClimateLaunchpad competition. They pitched a string of diverse ideas around energy production and efficiencies, waste reduction and water management as well as more sustainable food production.

Announcing the finalists, Sustainable Nation’s Entrepreneur in Residence Ron Immink said: “Sustainability should be viewed as a business opportunity, an €85 trillion opportunity.

“Ireland is becoming a disruptor in the global market place, providing solutions that improve climate resilience.

“Companies, and in particular start-ups, require support to build capacity and ClimateLaunchpad provides that with a programme designed to nurture business ideas that have a positive climate impact.”

Each country selected the most promising innovations for the ClimateLaunchpad competition.

The participants undertook a demanding programme to work on their business idea: a two-day boot camp, intensive business coaching and national finals. The finalists have been chosen based on criteria including feasibility, scalability, job creation and climate impact.

Aideen O’Hora, Director of Sustainable Innovation with Sustainable Nation Ireland, said: “The facts are clear, climate change is happening and we must use best efforts to mitigate and adapt. We’re delighted to have such a strong team of companies represent Ireland at what is now becoming the Olympics of Climate Innovation. ClimateLaunchpad is the cornerstone of support that we can provide to cleantech companies in Ireland.”

Frans Nauta, the founder of ClimateLaunchpad, said: “I sleep better knowing how many great teams are working ontechnologies and businesses that tackle climate change. There aregreat ideas out there, many of them from people with little businessexperience. This is why ClimateLaunchpad is so important. We provideinnovators with the coaching to make their great ideas profitablebusinesses. And in just three years we’re seeing successful companiesemerge.”


Senergy: Next generation Solar Thermal Panels to transform the energy industry. Senergy have developed a 100% polymer plastic solar thermal panel that is 50% less expensive to manufacture and install than any panels that currently exist. The Senergy panel benefits from the advantages of the polymer materials and incorporate carbon nanotube materials that enhance the thermal performance and mechanical strength. Senergy will transform the energy industry by using a renewable energy technology, that is already 70% efficient, that is cheaper, enhanced modular design and overall has a lower environmental footprint. The CEO is Christine Boyle. http://climatelaunchpad.org/finalists/senergy/

SmartTrace Software Ltd.: The Internet of Waste. Using an SAAS software platform, SmartTrace is building a big data platform that will support the intelligent use of waste materials. Poor material management contributes to over 42% of world pollution, and is driving the need to have a circular economy. The manufacturing industry is embracing the concept of this new economy, as they are spending increasing amounts of money to comply with waste legislation, when they could actually turn their waste in to a valuable commodity. SmartTrace is turning the challenge in to an opportunity, through linking up availability waste resources. The Internet of Waste, a circular economy platform, supports the transformation of waste management theories to action and the perception of waste from problem to product. The co-founders are Marcin Kulik and Steve Cassidy. https://smarttracesoftware.com/

Small Farms: An alternative source of protein for human consumption in the form of farmed crickets. With the world’s population increasing to nearly 10 billion people by 2050, alternative, sustainable protein sources need to be adopted into our Western diets. Current livestock contribute massively to environmental damage, producing 18% of the worlds greenhouse gases (GHG) and consuming huge amounts of resources. Crickets provide a sustainable source of protein and nutrients, with minimal GHG emission by comparison to traditional sources of protein. The global edible insect market size is poised to exceed $522 million by 2023, and Small Farms will foster this growth through developing “farming systems” that will allow people breed crickets at home for their own consumption. The founder is Johnathon Harris and co-founder Éire Smith http://climatelaunchpad.org/finalists/small-farms/


Dublin will next year host one of the globe’s biggest gatherings of international financiers, to discuss and promote responsible and sustainable investment, in Ireland and across the world.

Sustainable Nation Ireland, a group that promotes Ireland’s transition to a low-carbon economy, is partnering with global publication Responsible Investor to host the Global Sustainable Capital Forum in March 2017.

The forum will discuss the opportunities and challenges facing all institutions in the investment chain for sustainable capital flows into low-carbon, resource-efficient investment projects in Ireland and across the world. The event is hoping to build on the momentum of the global climate deal agreed in Paris.

At a sustainable and responsible investment leadership breakfast briefing in Dublin today, more than 100 business leaders heard that there is an enormous opportunity for Ireland to position itself as a world leader in this area.

Stephen Nolan, CEO of Sustainable Nation Ireland, which hosted the event, said: “It is clear that the world’s capital markets and major global investors have woken up to the challenge of climate change, environmental sustainability and the role of finance in helping solve society’s problems.

“This shift presents a significant opportunity for Ireland in terms of increasing environmental funds serviced, under management or deployed into Irish enterprise activities with potential for exponential growth.”

More details on the 2017 forum will be released later in the year. Sustainable Nation Ireland was created through a 2015 merger of Ireland’s Green International Financial Services Centre (Green IFSC) and The Green Way, an organisation leading the cleantech cluster in Dublin.

Photo: L-R Pat Cox, Sustainable Nation Ireland international ambassador; Hugh Wheelan, co-founder Responsible Investor; and Ambassador Dan Mulhall, Irish Embassy UK