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Nov 07, 2018

Kenya qualifies to top 16 while Portugal takes first prize at the CLP 2018 grand finals

The winners of the fifth edition of the ClimateLaunchPad global grand finals were announced on Friday in Edinburgh, Scotland. The competition saw more than 1,500 entrepreneurship idea entries from 44 countries and 50 boot camps across the globe participating. 

ECO2Blocks from Portugal won first place (€ 10,000) in the competition. The startup is involved in the production of masonry blocks with 100% industrial waste-based materials, carbon dioxide and non-potable water. 

JSP from India took second place (€ 5,000). The company is involved in the development of Microbial Fuel Cell (MFC) technology to treat textile effluent and generate energy. Crover from Scotland took third place (€ 2,500) seeking to reduce grain wastage with their patent-pending technology for grain storage monitoring. The finalists were judged on feasibility, scalability, job creation and climate impact.

Aqua ethanol represented by Eric Kariuki qualified for the top 16 entrepreneurs to pitch for the top three prizes. Aqua Ethanol took the 2ndrunner up position during the national finals in Kenya. The idea aims to tackle climate challenges by converting water hyacinth into biofuel.

ClimateLaunchPad is the world’s largest green business idea competition. Last year, KCIC brought the competition to Africa for the first time- and a Kenyan start up, ALKAGEL won the Global Grand Finals in Cyprus.

Speaking at the finals event in Scotland, Frans Nauta, founder ClimateLaunchPad noted “Climate change is not only one of the biggest challenges facing the planet, it is also the biggest business opportunity and job creator for decades to come. Seeing over 130 teams from all over the world during the ClimateLaunchPad Grand Final simply proves our motto: ‘Fixing climate change, one start-up at a time’. We see all these entrepreneurs finding commercial, scalable solutions in a whole variety of markets, getting ready for global impact.”

For next year’s edition, 40 additional countries have already expressed interest in joining the competition.

The ClimateLaunchPad competition supports aspiring and promising cleantech entrepreneurs by providing training, coaching and networking opportunities. ClimateLaunchpad operates on a global scale, currently in over 44 countries. ClimateLaunchpad was established in 2014 and is part of the Entrepreneurship offerings of Climate-KIC.


Additional information from www.climatelaunchpad.org 

By Mercy Mumo 

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