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UPDATE Sept 08, 2018: Three Teams to represent Nepal in Climate Launchpad Grand Final, UK
Climate Launchpad, the world’s leading green business ideas competition, hosted the National Final of Nepal on Friday, September 07, 2018 at Hotel Yak and Yeti, Kathmandu. Climate Launchpad Nepal 2018 is organized by Emerging Technologies Pvt. Ltd. in partnership with the Government of Nepal, UNDP, Global Environment Facility, German Development Cooperation, WindPower Nepal, Sagarmatha Cement, Nepal Insurance Company, Thames International College, and SUN Urja Nepal.
The Chief Guest for the program, Honorable Minister Shakti Bahadur Basnet,Ministry of Forests and Environment,Government of Nepal spoke about the importance of entrepreneurship training and promotion programs in the context of Climate Change. Esteemed guests Mr. Renaud Meyer, Country Director, United Nations Development Programme; Dr. Claudia Hiepe, Head of German Development Cooperation, German Embassy; and Mr. Nawa Raj Dhakal, Acting Executive Director, Alternative Energy Promotion Centre also spoke at the program.
At Nepal’s National Final, the 12 selected teams pitched their business ideas and a jury panel of experts selected the best 3 teams from Nepal to represent the country at the Global Grand Final in the UK in November 2018. The winner of the National Final was Team Green Coal Pellet who produce cost effective eco-friendly Green Coal Pellets for brick and cement industries. The runner up was Team EEBrick who manufacture Cement Stabilized Earth Brick (CSEB), which is low cost, energy efficient and environment friendly for house construction. In third place was Team KISAN Agro who empower farmers to develop rural agro industry and provide healthy and organic vegetables to urban customers.
Climate Launchpad is a platform for helping aspiring entrepreneurs grow their green ideas into global businesses to fix Climate Change. Nepal joined Climate Launchpad for the first time in 2018 on the initiative of Abhishek Yadav, an energy and environment expert and Managing Director of Emerging Technologies. The competition welcomed applications in innovations in renewable energy, energy efficiency, food and agriculture, water, transportation, industrial technology or any other way to tackle Climate Change till August 08, 2018. Out of the 58 applications received in Nepal, 12 teams were invited to join the competition based on the judging criteria of Climate Launchpad.The selected teams started off their rigorous training with a 2-day Boot Camp and six Coaching Sessions to prepare for their National Finals.
Out of 135 teams representing 45 countries in the Grand Final, the world’s top-10 best ideas win access to the Climate-KIC’s Accelerator, a programme focused at clean-tech commercialization. The overall winner of the Grand Final also receives a cash prize of €10,000, the runner up receives €5,000 and the team that comes in third place wins €2,500. Climate Launchpad is part of the entrepreneurship offerings of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology’s Climate-KIC, the European Union’s main climate innovation initiative. Representative of partner organizations, energy and climate change professionals, and investors were present at the National Final.
UPDATE August 12, 2018: Climate Launchpad “Bootcamp” Selection
Congratulations to the top 12 teams selected for the Climate Launchpad (Bootcamp) out of 58 total applications! Here is the alphabetically sorted list of selected teams:
1) Carbon Packaging
3) Green Coal Pellet
5) Hamro Krishi
6) Hybrid Energy Harvesting System
7) Khoryug Remanufacturing
8) Kisan Agro
10) Sustainable Construction Materials….
11) Sustainable Solutions for Energy and Environment
See you on Friday (Augsut 17, 2018) at 9:00 am for the kick-off of the competition at Hotel Himalaya, Lalitpur, Kathmandu Valley, Nepal!
Emerging Technologies is excited to partner with Climate–KIC to organize the ClimateLaunchpad for the first time in Nepal! ClimateLaunchpad is the world’s largest green business ideas competition. It is a stage for people who have great cleantech ideas to help them develop these ideas into startups making global impact. Climate-KIC is funded through the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, an initiative of the EU. Get a chance to participate in the Grand Final in Scotland, UK this November to compete globally, win prizes and secure investment for your business!
For Prospective Applicants:
Enter ClimateLaunchpad (CLP) competition in Nepal today: https://climatelaunchpad.org/application-form/
Nepal Country Page: https://climatelaunchpad.org/countries/nepal/
All your questions answered: https://climatelaunchpad.org/faq/
Previous winners: https://climatelaunchpad.org/finalists/
If you have additional questions, please leave a post or message on our Facebook or Linkedin pages. You can also contact us by phone or email.
For Prospective Local Sponsors:
We are fixing climate change, one start-up at a time. We would love to have local sponsors in Nepal who can support us in our vision and help us make the Bootcamp and the National Final events a grand success in Nepal. Please contact us by phone or by email to learn more about how you can partner with us.