Regional Final
Europe

September 28, 2021

You don't want to miss it

On September 28th, join the live stream of the European Regional Final! You can choose from three stages.

Main Stage: https://youtu.be/f6EHX7zNZj8
Green Stage: https://youtu.be/4d0tzufcmg0
Blue Stage: https://youtu.be/WpBO-MokZOk

Forecast: September 28th to be the greenest day in Europe!

After months of training, couching, and mentoring, Europe is about to select the region’s best and brightest cleantech startups. The ClimateLaunchpad stage is ready to meet 30 teams from 10 countries!

Startups will compete in seven Themes: Adaptation & Resilience, Circular Economies, Urban Solutions, Clean Energy, Sustainable Mobility, Food Systems, The Next Big Thing.

You can expect a total of 8 hours of pitching throughout the day. There is a big chance of competition and the evening might bring some winners.

Finalists from all over the region

Click on a country to find out which teams made it to this Regional Final.

Winners by country

Please select a country on the map

Programme: Main Stage

  • 09:00 - 09:15

    Opening

    Welcome speeches by the European Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries Virginijus Sinkevičius and the Chief Executive Officer of EIT Climate-KIC Dr Kirsten Dunlop.

  • 09:15 - 09:45

    How every business can be a purpose-driven business

    #keynote 
    Speaker: Gerrit Jan van ‘t Veen, CEO of WorldStartup

    Gerrit Jan will talk about the current shift in our economies. From strictly transactional and profit driven to integral and purpose-driven. And how you as an entrepreneur can start doing that today.

  • 09:55 - 10:40

    Forget Unicorns. We need more Zebras

    #discussion
    Participants: Rita Sakus, Co-founder and Board member of LitBAN; Erki Ani, CEO of Cleantech Estonia; Kees Klomp, Founding Partner of Thrive Institute.
    Moderator: Viktorija Vaitkevičienė, CEO of Coinvest Capital.

    For the investors, the need to have a unicorn is obvious. That is, at least one company in the portfolio must generate enough money to compensate for write-offs and provide an extra multiple on the fund. The past couple of years revealed that unicorns are built for net worth, not actual value. What a unicorn offers isn’t as important as the fact that it’s a unicorn. Worried voices make a bright point in saying that this market behavior kills innovation.

    The opposite of a unicorn company is a zebra company. Unlike unicorns, Zebras focus not only on profit goals, but also on sustainability aspects. In addition to economic goals, the founders of Zebras consequently pursue sustainable or social motives, like climate change and human rights. The aim of a zebra to build a successful and sustainable business is far more achievable for most business owners than reaching a $1 billion valuation. We’ve been too focused on the unicorns. It’s time to give the zebras the attention they deserve.

  • 10:45 - 11:15

    Responsible innovation: principles that lead startups to success & sustainability

    #masterclass 
    Speaker: Audronė Alijošiutė-Paulauskienė, Expert of Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development Policy at Baltic Environmental Forum Lithuania.

    Innovation should not be just a new product or service; it should respond to the grand challenges of our time and take care of the future. Today’s sustainability challenges – like climate change – are complex, multilayer, uncertain‚ divisible into sub-problems. In other words, they are ‘wicked’. What are the principles of responsible innovation, what questions should be answered before novel products, processes, business models are in the market – let’s explore this topic together.

  • 11:20 - 11:50

    How sustainable leadership translates into #EnergySmart solutions?

    #masterclass 
    Speakers: Valentas Neviera, Head of Sustainability at Ignitis Group &  Karolis Mirinavičius, Innovation Project Manager at Ignitis group.

    Sustainability is widely discussed, talked about, and considered. It is more often raised as a priority in company boardrooms than ever before, discussed among colleagues. But how talks should translate into real actions? How company‘s aspirations for sustainability are structured and what acknowledged standards are available today? What pilot projects Ignitis Group is implementing for today‘s and tomorrow‘s sustainability impact?

  • 11:55 - 12:25

    Startup hacker: how to catapult your business?

    #masterclass
    Speaker: Jan Willem den Hollander, Growth Hacker

    In 30 minutes, you’ll learn the basic structure of the growth hacking framework. See the magic of the G.R.O.W.S. process and how you can use it in your own organization. Learn this 5 steps framework for gaining quick insights of where you can expect the biggest win in your funnel.

  • 12:30 - 13:30

    Fireside chat [TBC]

  • 13:15 - 14:00

    The secrets to getting your green business funded

    #fireside_chat
    Participants: Florent Héroguel, Co-founder & COO of Bloom Biorenewables; Simon Bushell, Founder & CEO of Sympower; Jesse Khanh Tran, Co-founder & CEO of Rens Original.

    Making a startup successful is a challenge in itself, but scaling a green business is an even harder journey. However, ClimateLaunchpad’s alumni are here to prove that this journey is worth taking! The founders of three successful startup companies are -virtually- sitting together to have a chat about their green journeys, and discuss the lessons learned while raising funds.

    This year, Bloom Biorenewables has raised €3.9 million with the support of Bill Gates, Sympower has raised €5.2 million in a Series B round, while RENS Original is successfully running their second crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter (their first Kickstarter launch raised more than half a million dollars and became the most successful fashion Kickstarter campaign in the Nordics). The founders of these companies definitely have a lot to share!

  • 14:00 - 14:10

    Announcement of Finalists

    The Semi-Finals winners will be announced here. Top-14 will get invited to the Global Grand Final of ClimateLaunchpad. Top-7 will additionally pitch on the Main stage and compete for the prizes.

  • 14:10 - 14:40

    The future is Triple Top Line

    #keynote 
    Speaker: Alex Gibb, Portfolio Entrepreneur, Partner at Katalista Ventures

    The concept of the Triple Bottom Line – or people, planet, and profit – isn’t new. However, the Triple Top Line is a forward-looking approach that helps businesses to create a positive impact, simultaneously unlocking significant business opportunities. Alex Gibb will encourage you to build the Triple Top Line thinking into your organization and inspire you to make a positive impact instead of just reducing the negative.

  • 15:00 - 16:10

    Final pitching session

    Top-7 teams will present their green business ideas.

  • 16:15 - 16:45

    Expect the Unexpected

    #magic_show
    Magician: Rokas Bernatonis, 2 x Guinness World Record Holder.

  • 16:45 - 16:50

    Awards

    The announcement of WINNERS!

  • All times CET

Programme: Green Stage

  • 09:00 - 09:10

    Opening

  • 09:10 - 09:45

    Food Systems

    Teams pitching in this Theme:
    – FHLUD, Portugal
    – Azolla Projects, Spain
    – RYO, UK
    – Bare Native, Italy

  • 10:00 - 10:45

    Circular Economies

    Teams pitching in this Theme:
    – Sleepify, Austria
    – Samsara, Lithuania
    – SAGES, UK
    – Smartphones4good, Finland

  • 11:00 - 11:50

    Adaptation and Resilience

    Teams pitching in this Theme:
    – SoilWatch, Finland
    – Correntics, Switzerland
    – Plantika, Austria
    – Ecosaf, UK
    – Terroir from Space, Italy

  • 12:05 - 12:45

    The Next Big Thing

    Teams pitching in this Theme:
    – COBS, Spain
    – Reef Support, The Netherlands
    – Water Shield, Lithuania
    – EcoDigInsect, Italy

  • All times CET

Programme: Blue Stage

  • 09:00 - 09:10

    Opening

  • 09:10 - 09:45

    Clean Energy

    Teams pitching in this Theme:
    – Carbometrix, France
    – Akwaaba Power, The Netherlands
    – Sustainable Digital Twin, Lithuania
    – Heliostrome, The Netherlands

  • 10:00 - 10:45

    Sustainable Mobility

    Teams pitching in this Theme:
    – Qaptis, Switzerland
    – BLUENAV, France
    – Piss & Love, Switzerland
    – HyJack, France

  • 11:00 - 11:50

    Urban Solutions

    Teams pitching in this Theme:
    – Smart Moss Europe, Spain
    – Mudatuga, Portugal
    – REEDuce, Austria
    – Conquistador, Finland
    – Recycle Geeks, Portugal

  • All times CET

Prepare to be outsmarted

Despite the pitching competition being at the centre, the event will spotlight the most pressing environmental issues and inspire us for the change.

The future of green business is now - expect a full day of keynotes, workshops, and discussions. Get comfy and enjoy the most brilliant minds in sustainability and entrepreneurship.

At the end of the day, a pinch of celebration is expected!

Audronė Alijošiutė-Paulauskienė

Expert of Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development Policy at Baltic Environmental Forum Lithuania

Tune in to the Main stage at 10:45 to see Audronė delivering her masterclass "Responsible innovation: principles that lead startups to success & sustainability"!

Innovation should not be just a new product or service; it should respond to the grand challenges of our time and take care of the future. Today’s sustainability challenges - like climate change - are complex, multilayer, uncertain‚ divisible into sub-problems. In other words, they are ‘wicked’. What are the principles of responsible innovation, what questions should be answered before novel products, processes, business models are in the market – let’s explore this topic together.

Gerrit Jan van 't Veen

CEO of WorldStartup

Tune in to the Main stage at 9:15 to see Gerrit giving his keynote "How every business can be a purpose-driven business"!

Gerrit Jan will talk about the current shift in our economies. From strictly transactional and profit-driven to integral and purpose-driven. And how you as an entrepreneur can start doing that today.

Valentas Neviera

Head of Sustainability at Ignitis Group

Tune in to the Main stage at 11:20 to see Valentas and his colleague Karolis delivering their masterclass "How sustainable leadership translates into #EnergySmart solutions?"!

Sustainability is widely discussed, talked about, and considered. It is more often raised as a priority in company boardrooms than ever before, discussed among colleagues. But how talks should translate into real actions? How company‘s aspirations for sustainability are structured and what acknowledged standards are available today? What pilot projects Ignitis Group is implementing for today‘s and tomorrow‘s sustainability impact?

Karolis Mirinavičius

Innovation Project Manager at Ignitis group

Tune in to the Main stage at 11:20 to see Karolis and his colleague Valentas delivering their masterclass "How sustainable leadership translates into #EnergySmart solutions?"!

Sustainability is widely discussed, talked about, and considered. It is more often raised as a priority in company boardrooms than ever before, discussed among colleagues. But how talks should translate into real actions? How company‘s aspirations for sustainability are structured and what acknowledged standards are available today? What pilot projects Ignitis Group is implementing for today‘s and tomorrow‘s sustainability impact?

Contact info

This year, the European Regional Final is organised by the National Lead of ClimateLaunchpad in Lithuania - Sunrise Valley Science and Technology Park. The Park features long-standing traditions in the development of entrepreneurship, promotion of business and science collaboration, provision of infrastructure and other innovation support services.

Julija Maslinskaite

Project Coordinator

lithuania@climatelaunchpad.org

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