ClimateLaunchpad 2019: open call for Ukrainian Innovators!

You have a green business idea and want to take it to the next level? Perfect, then enter ClimateLaunchpad 2019 competition and battle your way to global impact! Apply now and go through the national competition and Ukrainian final. Two winners from Ukraine will compete at the Global Grand Final to get 10,000 euro and get a chance to participate in the Climate-KIC Accelerator.

There are seven reasons why you should apply now

Any doubts about whether or not you should join this competition? We’ll help you to make the right decision:

  1. Your green idea deserves business success. Get the knowledge and skills during our national boot camp.
  2. Your idea stays yours. 100%. We help you train, compete & launch.
  3. Work with the best trainers on the planet, Ukrainian and foreign experts.
  4. Prepare for global impact. You can change the world.
  5. Believe in your idea. Take risks. Learn from failure, grow big.
  6. Connect with investors & corporates. Join the global cleantech community.
  7. It’s not just about winning. Finding your first customer, that’s even the bigger prize.

After you convince our jury, it would be easier for you to convince any client or investor!

How to apply

To apply for ClimateLaunchpad 2019, all you have to do is fill out the application form.

Before you apply, 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 200,000 euro in investment;
  • you have not yet sold products, solutions, or prototypes on commercial terms.

If you don’t have full answers to all of the questions in the form, feel free to give rough estimates. The important thing is to get your form submitted before the 2nd of July. Ukrainian national boot camp will take place in Kyiv, 23-24 of July. National Final will take place in Ivano-Frankivsk, September. Two winners of the Ukrainian Final will go to the Global Grand Final, which will take place this fall in Baku.  

Meet all these requirements? Apply now and tell all your green friends and colleagues about this competition!

Ukraine at ClimateLaunchpad

Ukrainian teams have been participating in the world’s largest green business idea competition since 2016, thanks to Greencubator — NGO behind organizing national final stage. And we have developed a good tradition of green achievements:

  • In 2017 Ukrainian start-up Go To-U became one of the TOP-10 world’s best green startups. This team is extending its network to deliver the best charging service for EV together with other companies, who own the charging stations. This team joined the Climate-KIC Accelerator.
  • In 2018 Ukrainian team Stock-Factory won a theme award for «Decision metrics & Finance» and 5,000 euro. It is a smart platform for manufacturers and retailers, and it helps to sell the unsold stock of quality goods or to pass it on to the charity.

The winner takes it all!

The Top-10 competitors in the Global 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 prize money. The overall winner of the Global Grand Final receives 10,000 euro, the runner up gets 5,000 euro, and the idea that comes in third place wins 2,500 euro.

All other National and Regional Finalists who made it to the Global Grand Final get a chance to pitch their idea to the review board of Climate-KIC Accelerator.

Apply now and spread the word to all your friends with green business ideas!

Green storytelling and entrepreneurial culture — what was the cleantech discussion held by Greencubator about

On the 10th of April, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Delegation of European Union to Ukraine and Greencubator announced the winners of the 5th stage of Climate Innovation Vouchers program. A panel discussion on financing for climate innovations in Ukraine proceeded the award ceremony. Roman Zinchenko, Greencubator co-founder, was a panel moderator.

The panelists pointed out that cleantech developers face the same issues when looking for funding, as most tech startups. However, as Andriy Sorokhan, Venture Lead U.Ventures/ Western NIS Enterprise Fund noticed, there are not enough experts familiar with climate innovations, benefits, and risks of green investing.

Sergiy Maslichenko, Associate Director at the Energy Efficiency and Climate Change Team at EBRD, said: “During the first phase of the Climate Innovation Vouchers program 31 companies got grants to develop their green projects. We’ve been working effectively during the last two years with Ukrainian businesses, and we can see great potential and significant opportunities, but also the need for ecosystem development of startups in the early stages.”

Svitlana Kolomiets, an environmental policy expert, co-founder at ReThink NGO, emphasized that the Ukrainian business market should pay more attention to the entrepreneurial culture. It is crucial for forming the green business industry and ecosystem. She also stated we need to develop human resources and work more intense with personnel.

Roman Kravchenko, the founder at accelerator laboratory IoT Hub, who has invested in several Ukrainian cleantech products, specified the lack of team-building relationships in startups’ culture. Judging from his own experience, he noted that this issue can be solved by the storytelling from real Ukrainian companies. That will help share knowledge and experience.

Summing up the discussion, Roman Zinchenko pointed out that the development of entrepreneurial culture and the formation of the ecosystem is one of the main tasks of Greencubator. By the efforts of the team, Ukraine became the first country within EBRD operation area, to launch the Climate Innovation Vouchers program. Recall that earlier we announced winners of the final stage, and a list of all companies that have received grant funding from the EBRD and the EU for green development is available on the program’s website.

Climate Innovation Vouchers: Welcome the winners of Ukraine’s largest grant program for green innovators

On the 10th of April, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Delegation of European Union to Ukraine and Greencubator announced the winners of the 5th stage of Climate Innovation Vouchers program. A panel discussion on financing for climate innovations in Ukraine proceeded the award ceremony.

5 Ukrainian companies became the winners and received funding for the development of their green business solutions worth EUR 100 000:

  • Delfast — electric bikes certification and patenting, technical and usability improvements.
  • Integro-SD — control and automation system for the proprietary organic fertilizers production line; certification.
  • Integral Complex Systems — Low-power long-range wireless solution for energy systems control and data exchange.
  • IOT TRADE — control system and web-interface for company’s central hub for smart-home devices (thermostats and sensors).
  • Obolon Oil — industrial scaling for serial production of mobile waste plastic-to-fuel processing complex.

This stage completes the first phase of Ukraine’s largest grant program for cleantech and low-carbon technology developers. During the five waves of the program, 31 beneficiaries received funding for the development of their green business solutions worth a total of 1 million euro.

Climate Innovation Vouchers program is launched as a part of the EBRD program “Finance and Technology Transfer Centre for Climate Change” (FINTECC), funded by the European Union. Ukraine became the first country within EBRD operation area, to launch such a  program. The program is implemented by the NGO Greencubator. During the five stages 31 Ukrainian companies have received climate vouchers worth approximately 1 mln euro. Read more about the program and its winners on the www.climate.biz.