Enterprise Development

enterprise development

The global need to be more sustainable presents a golden opportunity to entrepreneurs. Sustainable Nation is working with existing businesses, entrepreneurs and researchers to turn some of the world’s greatest and smartest sustainability and low-carbon ideas and solutions into commercial reality.

We work in partnership with programmes such as Europe’s Climate-KIC, to bring world-class resources (insights, skills, research) and opportunities to Irish businesses and entrepreneurs, to build their capacity and connect them with a dynamic, thriving, innovating global network. Sustainable Nation provides a gateway to the global sustainability eco-system. The benefits for all are clear.

Our enterprise programme covers the full cycle of enterprise development including pre-commercial, start-up, growth potential and mature companies.

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  • Start-ups Be part of a network and avail of support and expertise that can help you grow your business.
  • Corporates Learn about new innovations that will support your resource efficiency agenda OR are you a corporate that could transition to the resource efficiency and low-carbon economy sector? If so, we can help.
  • InvestorsIdentify the latest business ideas and start-ups that may be of interest to you.
  • Service ProviderConnect with companies in national and international ecosystem.
  • IdeasHave you a low-carbon idea or solution? We have a number of programmes and resources that can help.


IdeasPadClimateLaunchPad2°Catalyst by Skillnet2° LabClimate KIC


IdeasPad is an “innovator-enablement” programme, designed to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship within existing organisations. Partnering with a number of large corporations, Sustainable Nation provides internal awareness sessions around climate change, future trends & business opportunities, value chain mapping, followed by an ideas generation workshop.

Ideas, if relevant can be further developed from within the company, with the assistance of Sustainable Nation, adding to future business development.

Ideas can also be put forward to the ClimateLaunchpad competition.

Interested? Want to find out more contact ron.immink@sustainablenation.ie

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ClimateLaunchpad is the world’s largest cleantech business idea competition. It is an initiative of Climate-KIC, the European Union’s cleantech enterprise platform. Sustainable Nation is Climate-KIC’s Irish partner.

If you have a green business idea and have what it takes to become an entrepreneur, register! Your idea can be an innovation in energy, water or waste tech, a sustainable transition in the food chain, a mind shift in urban mobility or any other way to tackle climate change and create a low carbon future. This could mean that you are an early start-up, SME, researcher, student, public organisation, consultancy, engineering company or a combination of these. It does not need to be high tech, but it does need to have a positive impact on the environment.

Our competition is your ticket to European and global success, and we are now open for applicants. Submit your application here.

If selected you will participate in a pre-accelerator, which includes a 2 Day Bootcamp and 6 coaching sessions, helping you create a solid business plan. Connect with a national network of national and European network of mentors, funders and like-minded individuals. Three Irish finalists will pitch at the European finals in Estonia in Oct 2016.

Interested? Want to learn more watch our video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPqwNvQT490

Read more about our 2015 Class here

For more information contact aideen.ohora@sustainablenation.ie

2°Catalyst by Skillnet

Providing a range of support structures for early stage companies that provide technologies, products and services that deliver resource efficiency and low-carbon outcomes, the 20Catalyst Programme supports early-stage cleantech and sustainability related companies to continue their growth curve.

Taking place over a 6 month period, commencing June 2016 and incorporating both formal and informal learning opportunities, 20Catalyst is an applied-programme and supports senior management teams to acquire the knowledge and guidance that they require to develop a company-specific investment strategies, business models and business plans.

Participants will also receive individual business mentoring to apply new insights gained within their own company and maximise the application of learning.

20Catalyst complements a new funding mechanism to enable capability enhancement for accelerated growth at a vital stage of business development. It establishes an ecosystem of non-financial supports to de-risk new solutions and shorten pathways to market.

For more information, please contact aideen.ohora@sustainablenation.ie

2° Lab

The ability to test and validate new products or services at all stages of development is vital. Sustainable Nation manages and has access to a number of special projects that provide test-bed platforms for companies wishing to trial and commercialise their solutions. In developing this platform, our objective is to shorten the path to market for commercial and non-commercial solutions by matchmaking opportunities. Our approach is guided by our Handbook for Living Labs.

Test-sites potentially include Dublin Docklands, DIT Grangegorman campus development and the Wiser Project.

Sustainable Nation (as The Green Way) has form in successfully working with Irish industry to facilitate test-bedding activities. A tangible example of this activity is our work with Glen Dimplex, one of Ireland’s leading companies. This activity focused on deploying and testing Glen Dimplex storage heaters which tested the demand-side potential of storage heaters – more details of this trial can be found here.

Climate KIC

Sustainable Nation is the lead partner of the Climate-KIC Ireland HUB.

Climate-KIC is Europe’s largest public-private innovation partnership focused on climate change, consisting of dynamic companies, the best academic institutions and the public sector.

2016 programme is currently under development.


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