Climate Launchpad Global Final - the culminating event of the world’s biggest cleantech ideas competition - rolled into Edinburgh on November 1 and 2, hosted in Scotland for the first time by ECCI.
Taking place in Edinburgh’s iconic McEwan Hall, the final's packed programme included 135 cleantech start-ups from 45 countries around the globe competing for the chance to win up to €10,000 and a place on the prestigious Climate-KIC Accelerator programme.
First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon gave the keynote address on Day 2 of the event. Ms Sturgeon said: "It’s a pleasure to welcome the world’s most ambitious green entrepreneurs to our capital to network and compete. Innovation is vital to tackling climate change. We want as many of these entrepreneurs to be in Scotland or to bring their ideas to be developed here in Scotland. Events like this help to put Scotland on the map.”
ECCI start-up Crover won third place, bagging € 2,500 and a place on the Climate-KIC Accelerator. Crover founder Lorenzo Conti pitched against 135 cleantech start-ups to become the top performing Scottish team in the competition ever.
Portuguese start-up ECO2Blocks won top prize - the company has developed a building business using building blocks with 100% industrial waste-based materials. JSP from India, who have developed a microbial fuel cell technology that treats textile effluent to generate energy, came second.
Scotland’s other finalist were Russell Gibb of Planet Heat and Jacqueline Bruce of Undisturbed. They were joined at the event by an impressive ECCI delegation including ECCI-supported start-ups Clean Water Wave, MiAlgae and ECCI's Entrepreneur in Residence Denny Schenk, as well as representatives from the China-UK Low Carbon College, China’s first college for the study of low carbon technology.
Ed Craig, Dean (Edinburgh) of China-UK Low Carbon College and ECCI Deputy Director was among the expert speakers on the packed programme, which included pitches, expert talks and workshops.
The event ended in the only way a Scottish host knows how - a piper and a ceilidh!
See you next time ClimateLaunchpad! It was a pleasure to host you in Edinburgh!