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Climate Launchpad (CLP) National Competition

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Climate Launchpad (CLP) National Competition

Climate Launchpad is the world’s largest green Energy idea competition. Their mission is to unlock the world’s cleantech potential that addresses climate change.ClimateLaunchpad is run by a central team, located in the Netherlands, which is supported by national teams who organize the competition in their country.

Climate Launchpad kicked off after being shortlisted among the 25 participants selected from the 73 applicants from the Universities in Kenya with an intensive Boot Camp & follow-up Coaching Sessions. This enabled me Create a rock solid business plan and perfected my pitch along the way.

The boot camp event took place at Strathmore University, Strathmore Business School (SBS), Tanzanite Room on the 26th & 27th July 2017, and 17th& 21st August starting from 8.00am to 5.00pm.The mock pitch session was held on the 5th September 2017 at the KCIC Board Room.

The gloves come off during the National competitions which took place on Friday 8th September 2017 at the Strathmore Business School, Cooperative Room from 1.45pm to 5.00pm and a cocktail thereafter, where the 3 winners who will represent Kenya at the the Grand Finals in Limassol,Cyprus were announced as below

Mr. Boniface Jiveri, Technologist/ Researcher, Botany Department, School of Physical and Biological Sciences giving a remark during his Winning Award at the Climate Launchpad National Competition.

Mr. Boniface Jiveri, Receives an Award

1. Bonface K. Jiveri Maseno University PositionONE

2. Elias Mabiria Kisii University Position TWO

3. Davies Ateka University Of Nairobi Position THREE

Climate KIC, in conjunction with Kenya Climate Innovation Centre (KCIC) Awarded us a two way ticket to the competition and Accommodation only but the passport and Travel Insurance costs were to be incurred by individuals.During the Boot camp training and national competition it was assumed that each University was to Facillitate their Members but unfortunately I did not receive any support from the University contrary to other universities

Grand Final in Cyprus in October- 

The event took place in Limassol, Cyprus, from 17th to 18th October 2017 – at Carob Mills Hotel and the Closing Ceremony was graced by H.E the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr. NicosAnastasiades and Awards,where Bio Alkanol Gel from Kenya won ClimateLaunchpad’s fourth edition. Our idea is based on the technology to obtain liquid fuel from waste materials. Second prize goes to MeduSOIL from Switzerland; they developed microbe cement. Vienna Textile Lab from Austria came in third with their scalable process to colour textiles with bacteria based pigments.

This year’s competition attracted the record number of 1,000 cleantech entrepreneurs applying for National Competitions in 35 countries across the globe. Kenya, Australia and India were among the exciting newcomers to the competition.

FransNauta, founder ClimateLaunchpad: “Seeing 105 teams from all over the world during the ClimateLaunchpad Grand Final simply proves our motto: Climate change will be fixed one start-up at a time. By entrepreneurs from all over the world, finding commercial, scalable solutions in a whole variety of markets. Climate change is not only one of the biggest challenges facing the planet, it’s also the biggest business opportunity and job creator for decades to come.”


The overall winner of the Grand Final receives € 10,000, the runner up gets € 5,000 and the idea that comes in third place wins € 2,500. As below

1st Prize: Bio Alkanol Gel from Kenya

2nd Prize: MeduSOIL from Switzerland

3rd Prize: Vienna Textile Lab from Austria


The Top-10 competitors in the Grand Final got direct access to the Climate-KIC Accelerator, the renowned business school where great ideas grow into great businesses are as below

Bio Alkanol Gel from Kenya

MeduSOIL from Switzerland

Vienna Textile Lab from Austria

Go To-U from Ukraine

SolarSack from Denmark

CipLab from Germany

Yased from Spain

Acrai from Germany

V-Chiller from Hungary

uFraction8 from Scotland

Climate-KIC Accelerator is the only EU acceleration programme focused on climate impact by cleantechcommercialization.

In three stages, The 18-month program brings knowledge, resources, tools and the coaching a cleantech start-up needs for success. 

Stage 1: Depending on where you follow this program, this stage comes with a grant of up to € 20,000*.

Stage 2: The grants in Stage 2 are meant to cover travel costs and could add up to € 25,000*.

Stage 3: Form partnerships that make you grow fast. This final stage, you may get up to € 50,000.

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