SUSTAINABLE Nation Ireland is on the hunt for brilliant cleantech ideas that could help to change the world.


We’re excited to be supporting the global ClimateLaunchpad competition designed to find and develop the next generation of cleantech innovations.


An Irish stage of the competition is now open to all firms and three firms / individuals will then go forward to the European finals, hosted by Estonia, on October 7 and 8.


ClimateLaunchpad is the world’s largest cleantech business idea competition to find ways of tackling climate change.


The benefits for winning firms are invaluable. Now in its third year, ClimateLaunchpad gives the participants:


  • training (bootcamp & coaching) to help you successfully start and accelerate your cleantech company, from creating a solid business plan to perfecting your pitch; and
  • a network to access to our global network of entrepreneurs, investors and possibly even your launching customer.


SNI is delighted to announce that our entrepreneur in residence, the strategy and innovation specialist, Ron Immink, will be SNI’s official ClimateLaunchpad coach. 


“Green is becoming the new normal,” says Ron. “Demand for low-carbon and sustainable goods and services is rising, where it is estimated that the global market place will be €85 trillion by 2030. Irish entrepreneurs – new and existing – have the potential to be succeed in this marketplace. ClimateLaunchpad is a perfect mechanism for new entrepreneurs to support this success.”


“The programme will include a scaling programme and a number of internal awareness programmes for large corporate focusing on ideas, value chain mapping and creating potential spin-offs.


I am looking for entrepreneurs that want to play with us and help those ideas develop and make an impact. I am looking for large companies that want to get involved and run an internal ideas programme for their staff.


“I am looking for anyone that has an idea that tackles climate change. If you know anyone, if you could spread the word, or if you want to support the programme in any other way, please get in touch.”


Ron adds: “Our job in Sustainable Nation Ireland then is to make those ideas a roaring success. Last year, three Irish teams represented Ireland at the European finals in Amsterdam, and we were delighted that WasteNot was ranked 20 out 800 ideas nominated.”


ClimateLaunchpad will see 25 countries participating, collectively presenting up to 1,000 new business ideas, with top-10 European ideas as finalists.  


The European Top-10, selected in the Grand Finale, will get direct access into the EU Climate-KIC Accelerator. The overall winner of the European Final receives €10,000, the runner up gets €5,000 and the idea that comes in third place wins €2,500


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To apply, please go to . You can contact  Ron at or Aideen at


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