ClimateLaunchpad – the green ideas competition that can change the world

May 24, 2017

This article was written by founder and CEO of Aurora Sustainability, Isabella Guerrini de Claire.

Isabella and her business partner Iain Findlay

I’ve been working in sustainability for 17 years. During that time I’ve experienced my share of ups and downs with business ideas and projects. It’s a healthy part of how we learn.

Yet last year I found myself in Estonia, in a room packed with other climate innovators, moved to tears. We were all at the 2016 world finals of the green ideas competition ClimateLaunchpad. I was crying not because mine was one of the 80 ideas which hadn’t made it through to the top ten. But because listening to the other competitors pitching their game-changing ideas, I realized we had all won a better planet that afternoon.

Isabella and other ClimateLaunchpad competitors

It might sound a bit clichéd, but being a part of Climate-KIC’s ClimateLaunchpad competition changed my world view. I went from being bitter about the delay in implementing the climate agenda to having my inner eco-warrior reactivated. I realized that it isn’t just about what I can do to change things, but about supporting other innovators to succeed and build a better world with their ideas.

Scotland is a fantastic place for the ClimateLaunchpad competition. As an EU citizen passionate about life-improving innovation, I’m delighted to live in a country with so much juicy potential. The Scots have already changed the world with their inventions – from John Logie Baird inventing the television to Alexander Fleming discovering penicillin – and will continue to do so.

ClimateLaunchpad doesn’t just create world-changing winners and climate success stories. It also builds strong business personalities, creates high-performing ideas and fosters resilience and determination.

So if you’re a Scottish-based entrepreneur or innovator, I would urge you to apply to ClimateLaunchpad. There’s a lot of support out there waiting for your talent and ideas. From coaching to workshops, the competition gives you all you need to pull together a rock-solid business plan.

I know I would love to do it all again.

About the guest blogger

Isabella Guerrini de Claire, founder and director of Aurora Sustainability Consultancy

Isabella Guerrini de Claire is the founder and CEO of Aurora Sustainability. In 2016 her innovation the ‘Green Grow Mushroom’, grown on waste coffee grounds, won the 2016 Scottish ClimateLaunchpad People’s Choice Award and went on to pitch at the global ClimateLaunchpad finals in Estonia.

ClimateLaunchpad 2017 – submit your green business idea

Do you have a green business idea with the potential to go stratospheric? ClimateLaunchpad 2017, the world’s biggest green business ideas competition, has launched in Scotland hosted by the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI).

Apply now for help developing a rock-solid business plan and the chance to compete for up to €10,000 and a place on the Climate-KIC Accelerator.

Deadline Sunday 28 May 2017 > SUBMIT YOUR IDEA.

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