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Looking to scale your innovation? Need ideas, resources and advice to take your start-up or scale-up to the next level? From agriculture to transport, recycling, chemicals, clean energy and the latest in AI, you can search for and find opportunities to work with corporates, investors, accelerators and programs dedicated to helping us create a cleaner, cooler future.

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Past Innovation Challenges

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EIT Food

EIT Food Fast Track to Market 2024

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EIT Food is looking for fast-moving, mature companies with an existing business case that has high potential to generate B2B/B2C sales for new or improved food innovation products or services. Through the Fast Track To Market funding programme, you can boost your market readiness to bring your service to new or expanded markets.

Whether expanding to new markets, or growing new products in existing markets, the support of EIT Food can help your company speed up your marketability and potential commercial success.

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Invest India

Solarx Startup Challenge 2024: Asia And The Pacific Region
SolarX Startup Challenge aims to discover implementable, cos...

SolarX Startup Challenge aims to discover implementable, cost-effective, scalable, and innovative solutions to some of the most persistent challenges faced by the solar energy sector. The second edition (2024) is focused on the Asia and the Pacific region (APAC), aiming to promote innovation and discover local solutions, with the over-arching objective of capacity building.

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Diageo Sustainable Solutions

Improving Water Use Across the Hospitality Sector
To improve the water use across the hospitality sector, we a...

To improve the water use across the hospitality sector, we are looking for creative solutions in pubs, restaurants, bars and hotels to reduce water use while preserving or enhancing the customer experience. This includes shaking cocktails, serving drinks, glassware and ice to chill before filling, etc. These may be technology-based, innovation or other solutions – surprise us!

What is not included:

Offtrade solutions (Retail sales. May be applicable in other Water challenges).

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Diageo Sustainable Solutions

Agricultural Water Impact
To improve water efficiency in agricultural operations, we a...

To improve water efficiency in agricultural operations, we are looking for solutions that will help us reduce our water impact and make our existing agricultural processes more efficient. We will also consider solutions that indirectly target water usage by reducing the need for water at any step of the crop’s lifecycle. Where we irrigate, we are looking for solutions to improve water efficiency.

Potential Solutions could include but are not limited to:

  • Environmental monitoring and sensor technologies for on-farm water efficiency and water quality
  • Water-efficient crop inputs and precision tools
  • Irrigation technologies that minimise watershed impact
  • Crop-level water monitoring and management solutions

What is not included:

Solutions that are not geared towards agriculture (may be applicable to Water Efficiency challenge instead).

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Diageo Sustainable Solutions

Water-efficient Ingredients
To minimise the climate and water risks of the ingredients w...

To minimise the climate and water risks of the ingredients we source and use, we are looking for new and complementary blue-sky technology solutions to support our growth ambition while preserving existing agricultural supply chains. The aim is to find additional sources of ingredients with reduced water usage and water quality effects. Ingredients of interest are rice (India), aniseed and grapes (Turkey), agave (Mexico), wheat (UK), maize (USA), barley (Scotland/Ireland), sugarcane (India and Africa), sorghum (Kenya & Nigeria) and neutral spirit geographies: USA, India.

Potential Solutions could include but are not limited to:

  • Alternative, novel crop production methods such as ocean farming
  • Alternative ingredient production processes such as precision fermentation, cellular agriculture, or molecular farming
  • Alternative feedstocks for ingredient production, including waste streams
  • Controlled environment agriculture solutions

What is not included:

We are not looking for regenerative agriculture solutions as part of this challenge, although we do recognise the interdependencies.

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Diageo Sustainable Solutions

Wastewater Upcycling
To maximise the value of Diageo’s...

To maximise the value of Diageo’s waste streams, we’re looking for solutions that can be applied to Diageo’s distillation and brewing operations to upcycle wastewater into value-add products or services. This could benefit Diageo’s supply chain, other industries, local communities, or nature.  We’re particularly interested in solutions, including modular solutions that can be adapted to differing concentrations of compounds, those that can be applied to industrial processes to increase concentration for easier and more efficient extraction of value-add components, and those that are applicable to different geographies, including remote locations. 

Potential Solutions could include but are not limited to:  

  • Alternative, novel crop production methods such as ocean farming

  • Alternative ingredient production processes such as precision fermentation, cellular agriculture, or molecular farming

  • Alternative feedstocks for ingredient production, including waste streams

  • Controlled environment agriculture solutions 

What is not included:

We are not looking for regenerative agriculture solutions as part of this challenge, although we do recognise the interdependencies. 

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Diageo Sustainable Solutions

Water Efficiency
To improve water efficiency in bo...

To improve water efficiency in both our own operations and those of our manufacturing suppliers, we’re looking for solutions that will bring step change improvements in water efficiency across our own and our manufacturers’ water use. To help us reduce our water use by an average of 30% by 2030, we are looking for solutions that will bring improvements in water efficiency across our brewing, distilling, malting, and packaging processes, including wastewater treatment and water recycling.

Potential solutions could include but are not limited to:

  • Monitoring and measurement tools such as connected sensors and software technologies
  • Membrane filtration systems, softeners, activated carbon filters, ion exchange
  • Cooling tower water capture, recycling, and reuse
  • Wort cooling, tunnel pasteurisers, bottle washers, vacuum pumps
  • Waterless systems
  • Continuous loop water management systems
  • Greywater recycling systems

What is not included:

Wastewater upcycling (this is covered in the wastewater to value challenge); On-farm water solutions  

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Innovate UK

Showcase Events For Climate Tech Investing / Concrete & Building Materials
The seventh Innovate UK Showcase Events for Climate Tech Inv...

The seventh Innovate UK Showcase Events for Climate Tech Investing will be held on 2nd May 2024 at the British Antarctic Survey headquarters in Cambridge. The theme for the event is “Concrete & Building Materials”, and will feature innovators whose solutions seek to abate emissions associated with cement and concrete, and other innovative building materials that will contribute to decarbonisation of the built environment.

Cambridge Cleantech is delighted to be one of the partners to organise the UK Showcase Events for Climate Tech Investing.

If you have a technology related to:

New cements/binders, innovative chemical additives for cement and concrete (like self-healing concrete gels, e.g.), digital solutions, circular solutions (like concrete recycling innovations, e.g.), alternative non-concrete building materials, and innovative methods of producing cement or other building materials, then apply to pitch.

Come to pitch in front of investors!

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Cross-Sector Battery Systems (CSBS) Innovation Network

UKBIC SME Credit Round 2 Competition
UKRI’s Faraday Battery Challenge, delivered by Innovate UK, ...

UKRI’s Faraday Battery Challenge, delivered by Innovate UK, will support UK registered small and medium-sized enterprises (SME). The funding competition will enable you to apply for a share of up to £1.5m to increase and facilitate your engagement with the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UKBIC).

The aim of the competition is to support SME’s Research and Development for the scale-up of battery technologies within the UK as well as their access and engagement with UKBIC.

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Innovate UK

Innovation Exchange Challenge: Test means for electrical machines in aircraft hybrid propulsion
Safran is seeking to expand the available testing for hybrid...

Safran is seeking to expand the available testing for hybrid aircraft propulsion technologies in the UK by identifying the test means and facilities as well as organisations that have the skills and experience to support testing and development. This Innovation Exchange Challenge is looking for test houses, universities or companies that have test means for flight-relevant electric machines (including motors) so that partnerships can be established.

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The Liveability Challenge

The seventh edition of The Liveability Challenge
The Liveability Challenge is back and on the hunt for ground...

The Liveability Challenge is back and on the hunt for ground-breaking innovations across the world that enables large-scale decarbonisation, climate adaptation and resilience, as well as efficient and circular food systems.

Win more than S$2 million in funding from Asia’s largest sustainability solutions platform.

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Chrysalix Venture Capital

Cement Decarbonization – CO2 Free Intermediates
Chrysalix Venture Capital will award up to $250K USD for the...

Chrysalix Venture Capital will award up to $250K USD for the winning solution.

The prize money:

  • Is awarded based on the judges’ evaluation of the best submission
  • Will be dedicated to funding a 6 to 12 month project to demonstrate a viable business case along with a proof of concept (e.g. technology prototype, techno-economic validation)
  • Final amount will be determined based on the technology readiness and business readiness level of the solution

Successful, start-up worthy solutions that achieve the 6-12 month project milestones will have the opportunity for additional follow-on equity funding of $1M+ from the Chrysalix Carbon Neutrality Fund.

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Innovate UK

Open Innovation challenge: Manure Valorisation and Energy Production
innovative ways to transform poultry manure into energy sour...

innovative ways to transform poultry manure into energy sources and other valuable outputs.  They are seeking suitable technology to convert this waste into other formats such as renewable energy, chemical extraction, specialised compost, etc in a safe and sustainable way. A modular, scalable solution would be preferred, located on-site to minimise transport costs, and to benefit business operations directly.

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Innovate UK

Open Innovation Challenge: Innovative Products from Millet (and Other High Fibre Grains)
This Open Innovation Challenge, delivered by the Global Alli...

This Open Innovation Challenge, delivered by the Global Alliance Africa project, is supporting Unilever Kenya who are searching for innovative solutions to produce millet food products with consumer appeal and zero waste, using circular economy principles.

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New Energy Nexus

The Clean Fight Accelerator
The fourth edition of The Clean Fight will be focused on foo...

The fourth edition of The Clean Fight will be focused on food warehousing, distribution and retail solutions with high GHG impact, cost efficiency, and a clear path to scalability, that can help the tight-margined food service industry transition effectively into the clean economy.

Our non-residential program will run from May-October 2024.

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Innovate UK

Innovative Products from Millet (and Other High Fibre Grains)
This Open Innovation challenge, delivered by...

This Open Innovation challenge, delivered by the Global Alliance Africa project, is supporting Unilever Kenya to find innovative ways to process millet (and other grains) to produce convenient, fortified consumer products. Due to this nutritious grains’ physical variability, processing can be inefficient, and there are challenges in producing preferable formats. Unilever Kenya is seeking innovative solutions beyond commonly used/existing technologies to produce millet food products with consumer appeal and zero waste, using circular economy principles. They are also open to wider use cases involving other grains.

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Innovate UK

Circular Critical Materials Supply Chains Programme
This £15 million programme will support the development of r...

This £15 million programme will support the development of resilient UK based supply chains for rare earth elements. With a focus on primary (mine to magnet) and secondary (End of Life to magnet) supply chains.

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Innovate UK

Open Innovation Challenge: Valorisation of Expired Paints
Do you have a potential solution to valorise aged paints, an...

Do you have a potential solution to valorise aged paints, and paint fractions and components. Pitch your potential solution to Berger Paints with up to £25k seed funding available to develop the solution.

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Imperial Enterprise Lab

Venture Catalyst Challenge
Applications are currently open at Imperial Enterprise Lab, ...

Applications are currently open at Imperial Enterprise Lab, who are on the look out for exciting projects that would benefit from mentoring, masterclasses and a 1:1 support to launch into high-flying ventures.

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Built By Nature

A Global Call For Scalable Biobased Construction Material Solutions
Built by Nature, a network and grant-making fund, has announ...

Built by Nature, a network and grant-making fund, has announced a global prize totalling €500,000 to recognise innovation and stimulate scalability in the use of biobased materials such as timber, bamboo, hemp, straw, algae, and fungi in construction.

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Innovate UK

Innovation Exchange challenge: Demagnetisation and preparation of high performance magnets for reprocessing
Ionic Technologies seeks solutions for demagnetisation and p...

Ionic Technologies seeks solutions for demagnetisation and pre-processing of end-of-life high performance magnets.

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Innovate UK

Innovation Exchange challenge: measure and use eddy current and hysteresis loss data in permanent magnets
Hirst Magnetics seeks developers of magnetic models to explo...

Hirst Magnetics seeks developers of magnetic models to explore how eddy current correction and hysteresis loss in a dynamic motor can be simulated.

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Innovate UK

Innovation Exchange challenge: Automated separation of permanent magnets from vehicle motor drives
EMR are looking for time and cost effective ways to automate...

EMR are looking for time and cost effective ways to automate motor disassembly, and efficiently separate permanent magnets and copper coil from rotor housing.

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Innovate UK

Innovation Exchange challenge: removal of Iron (Fe2+ and Fe3+) from mixed metal oxide powders
Mkango Resources are looking for ways to remove Fe(II) and F...

Mkango Resources are looking for ways to remove Fe(II) and Fe(III) from either mixed metal powder, a slurry of mixed metal powder, or a dissolved acidic solution.

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Energy Systems Catapult, Carbon Trust

Inclusive Smart Solutions Programme
The Inclusive Smart Solutions programme i...

The Inclusive Smart Solutions programme is now open for applications. Funded by the Department of Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ) and delivered by Energy Systems Catapult and the Carbon Trust; the Inclusive Smart Solutions programme aims to create a better understanding of the opportunities and barriers faced by low income and vulnerable consumers in the transition to a smart and flexible energy system.

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Greentown Labs

Advancing Climatetech and Clean Energy Leaders Program (ACCEL)

ACCEL is an accelerator from Greentown Labs an...

ACCEL is an accelerator from Greentown Labs and Browning the Green Space (BGS) designed to bolster BIPOC-led climatetech startups by offering access to funding, networking connections, resources, and opportunities that structural inequities put out of reach. Seeking applications from startups at TRL 1-4 that are developing climate solutions for the electricity, transportation, buildings, manufacturing, agriculture, and resiliency + adaptation sectors.

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UK Circular Plastics Network, Innovate UK

SSPP Challenge
The Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging Challenge (SSPP) is ...

The Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging Challenge (SSPP) is contributing to the UK’s drive for clean growth and industrial decarbonisation by funding ground-breaking research and innovation to make plastic packaging fit for a sustainable future.

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Nordic Cleantech Open

Competition for cleantech start-ups and scale-ups
The main focus of the Nordic Cleantech Open competition is t...

The main focus of the Nordic Cleantech Open competition is to identify, support and promote the 25 best cleantech start-ups and the 10 best scale-ups in the Nordic and Baltic regions.

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Innovate UK

Unilever Kenya Open Innovation Challenge
Innovate UK Global Alliance Africa in partnership with Unile...

Innovate UK Global Alliance Africa in partnership with Unilever Kenya invites you to attend an online launch of our Open Innovation Challenge to find innovative solutions for processing millet (and other high fibre grains).

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Mission Ventures

Launchpad: Unlocking the future of packaging
Accessing packaging can be challenging, complex and expensiv...

Accessing packaging can be challenging, complex and expensive. This launchpad helps mission-driven brands succeed, with a free three-month programme that will give food and drink challenger brands access to world-class digital packaging solutions and experienced mentors, with support worth over £10,000.

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Innovate UK KTN

Global Incubator Programme in Canada - Agri-tech
Innovate UK seeks innovative agri-tech companies for two mar...

Innovate UK seeks innovative agri-tech companies for two market visits to Canada in March and June 2024

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Innovate UK KTN

Innovate UK Launchpad: funding for agri-tech projects in Eastern England
Innovate UK has launched a pioneering initiative to build on...

Innovate UK has launched a pioneering initiative to build on Eastern England’s strengths in agri-tech and food technology, offering businesses and researchers grants ranging from £25,000 to £300,000 to drive innovation in food production and sustainability.

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For ClimateTech

Accelerate Your Manufacturing Process For Your Climate Tech
Are you a Climate Tech innovator looking to commercialize yo...

Are you a Climate Tech innovator looking to commercialize your hardware product? Apply to the 2023-2024 Scale For ClimateTech (S4C) program. Through the S4C program, supported by NYSERDA, and administered by SecondMuse and NextCorps, innovators receive dedicated support throughout their manufacturing process in order to gain confidence in their path to market and scale up production to meet demand.

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Centrepolis Accelerator

Industrial Decarbonization Innovation Challenge

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The goal of this challenge is to globally crowdsource best in class Industrial decarbonization technologies and connect them with our industrial corporate sponsors to accelerate their emission reduction goals and industrial decarbonization programs. Michigan Executive Directive 2020-10 charged EGLE with developing a Michigan Healthy Climate plan and achieving economy-wide carbon neutrality by 2050. Up to $250,000 will be made available to demonstrate and test best-in-class industrial decarbonization technologies in a real world setting.

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Innovate UK KTN

UKRI’s Faraday Battery Challenge

UKRI’s Faraday ...

UKRI’s Faraday Battery Challenge, delivered by Innovate UK will invest up to £1.5m in innovation scale up projects in January 2024 to fund UKBIC SME credit Round 2.

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Breakthrough Energy

Breakthrough Energy Fellows Program

The Breakthrough Energy Fellows program suppor...

The Breakthrough Energy Fellows program supports the best and brightest innovators working to develop, scale, and commercialize technologies that have the potential to reduce carbon emissions by at least 500 million tons per year by 2050. 

 

 

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International Gas Union

Global Cleantech Challenge
The International Gas Union (IGU) and IGRC2024 are pleased t...

The International Gas Union (IGU) and IGRC2024 are pleased to collaborate with NGIF Industry Grants to announce the Global Cleantech Challenge.

The Challenge is a funding call to energy small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and startups from around the world with clean technology solutions to access grant funding, demonstration host partners, technology validation for product market fit and future energy customers in Canada.

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Greenshot

Accelerator Program

Greenshot is a 14-week accelerator that runs f...

Greenshot is a 14-week accelerator that runs from mid/late-January to April 2024. It culminates in a Demo Day in early May in front of top climate investors and venture capitalists in New York City. Participants will have a chance to compete for up to $75,000 in non-dilutive cash and prizes, selected by Greenshot’s expert Advisory Council. Partnering with Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business and CleanTech Open, Greenshot customizes program curriculum for climate solutions-focused entrepreneurs.

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Touchstone Partners and Temasek Foundation

Net Zero Challenge 2023
N0C is seeking impactful innovations to accelerate the pathw...

N0C is seeking impactful innovations to accelerate the pathway towards net zero emissions. Solutions should have developed a minimal viable prototype, is scalable, and is suited for the Vietnam context.

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NetZero Technology Centre

TechX Clean Energy Accelerator
TechX Clean Energy Accelerator is an intensive 15-week progr...

TechX Clean Energy Accelerator is an intensive 15-week programme for 12 innovative clean energy start-ups with clear potential to accelerate the transition to an affordable net zero energy industry.

  • CCUS and carbon removal solutions
  • Low carbon hydrogen
  • Alternative fuels and green chemicals
  • Renewable power: offshore and onshore
  • Digital solutions
  • Decarbonised heat and cooling, & other
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Startup Wise Guys

Accelerator Program
Startup Wise Guys SaaS acceleration Africa program will prov...

Startup Wise Guys SaaS acceleration Africa program will provide an optimized approach that delivers tailored guidance and support from world class mentors and experts. This accelerator program will help you navigate the bumps in the company building road, revolutionize your go-to-market strategy and encourage you to bring your A game.

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Greentown Go Build 2023 with Saint-Gobain

GoBuild Startup Challenge
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Go Build 2023 with Saint-Gobain is accelerating the commercialization of technologies to decarbonize the built environment, from conception to breaking ground, retrofitting, demolition, and recycling.

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InnoEnergy, European Green Hydrogen Acceleration Center

Call for Projects - Scouting H2 Projects in Need for Investment - ECHA, EGHAC + the Commission to Collaborate

EIT InnoEnergy’s European Green Hydrogen Accel...

EIT InnoEnergy’s European Green Hydrogen Acceleration Center (EGHAC) have recently announced that we renewed their partnership with the European Commission to accelerate green hydrogen initiatives. You can find more details here.

We are aiming to reach relevant green hydrogen projects and technologies to apply for this call, which will consist in a due diligence process resulting in the opportunity for the selected initiatives being eligible for equity investment and accessing key investment players in Europe. Interested projects and technology ventures can fill in a high-level questionnaire by the 15th of July 2023. Finalists will participate in the Green H2 Investment Day at the end of the year in Brussels with 20+ investors present.

You can find the recording of the webinar which explains the process and all relevant information like selection criteria here and in the presentation attached.

Please reach out to info-eghac@innoenergy.com for specific questions.

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ADNOC

$1 Million Decarbonization Technology Challenge
The Decarbonization Technology Challenge invites innovators ...

The Decarbonization Technology Challenge invites innovators from across the globe to enter for a chance to win up to $1 million in piloting opportunities with ADNOC, to demonstrate greenhouse gas reducing potential.

Ten finalists will be selected to present their technology to a panel of judges in the UAE in December 2023.

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Octopus

Springboard is a 3-month part-time programme that is free of charge
Octopus Springboard is a 3-month part-time programme that is...

Octopus Springboard is a 3-month part-time programme that is free of charge, hands-on, and will help successful applicants:

  • Become investor ready with a stronger idea of target markets and product/market fit
  • Gain access to Octopus’ extensive network of portfolio companies, corporates and experts
  • Complete 1-2-1 engagements with industry/corporates, and potentially establish good relationships and possibility of follow-on projects and pilots..
  • Gain access to experienced, sector relevant advisors – these are people who can mentor and share their learnings with you, as well as introduce you to relevant people.

The programme will likely lead to investments of £500k-£1m by Octopus Ventures in some of the companies completing the programme, subject to Investment Committee approval and standard Octopus processes.

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Saint-Gobain

APAC Startup Challenge
As the global leader in light and sustainable construction, ...

As the global leader in light and sustainable construction, Saint-Gobain is committed to building a more sustainable future with clean and green building technology. From 3D printing and energy-efficient materials to immersive technologies and enhanced delivery optimization, Saint-Gobain are looking to collaborate with startups in APAC region that are committed to leveraging technology and innovation to build a better world.

Selected startups will get to be fast-tracked toSLINGSHOT’s Top 50 startups. They will also receive funding opportunities, mentorship, and access to invaluable resources to turn their ideas into reality. Apply today and help build a more sustainable world!

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Greentown Labs Go Make 2023

Advancing Solutions For Carbon Utilization, Storage and Traceability
Go Make 2023 aims to enable a circular, net-zero economy by ...

Go Make 2023 aims to enable a circular, net-zero economy by advancing solutions for carbon utilization, storage, and traceability.  Greentown Labs and Shell are looking for startups at TRL 2-7 with innovations for carbon utilization and management across a variety of applications.

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Swire

Swire Properties: Cooling Tower Water Reuse
Swire Properties seeks solutions to reduce water use in fres...

Swire Properties seeks solutions to reduce water use in freshwater cooling tower through capturing water vapour from evaporation for reuse.

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Swire

HAECO Hong Kong: Reduction in Water Scrubber Water Consumption
Funded Pilot Opportunity: HAECO Hong Kong seeks a solution t...

Funded Pilot Opportunity: HAECO Hong Kong seeks a solution to enhance the efficiency of water scrubbers or directly upgrade or replace them.

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Swire

HAECO Hong Kong: Increase Recycling Value of Wooden Boxes
Funded Pilot Opportunity: HAECO Hong Kong seeks to recycle w...

Funded Pilot Opportunity: HAECO Hong Kong seeks to recycle wood waste from boxes used for shipments.

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Swire

HAECO Hong Kong: Improve the Efficiency of the Existing Chiller System
Funded Pilot Opportunity: HAECO Hong Kong seeks a solution t...

Funded Pilot Opportunity: HAECO Hong Kong seeks a solution to increase the capacity of its existing chiller system.

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Swire

Swire Properties: Waste Digitization
Funded Pilot Opportunity: Swire Properties is looking for so...

Funded Pilot Opportunity: Swire Properties is looking for solutions to monitor waste generation and recycling performance for retail portfolio and facilitate higher recycling rates among commercial tenants.

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Swire

Swire Properties: HVAC Energy Reduction
Funded Pilot Opportunity: Swire Properties seeks to reduce t...

Funded Pilot Opportunity: Swire Properties seeks to reduce the overall carbon footprint associated with HVAC systems in existing commercial buildings within dense urban environments.

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Swire

Swire Resources: Reducing Municipal Solid Waste
Funded Pilot Opportunity: Swire Resources is looking for sol...

Funded Pilot Opportunity: Swire Resources is looking for solutions to measure and reduce Municipal Solid Waste from its shops and warehouses.

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Swire

HAECO Cabin Solutions: Chiller System’s Water and Energy Efficiency
Funded Pilot Opportunity: HAECO Cabin Solutions seeks soluti...

Funded Pilot Opportunity: HAECO Cabin Solutions seeks solutions to reduce the energy and water consumption of its current water chiller system in its U.S. manufacturing facilities.

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Swire

Cathay Pacific: Plastic Reduction
Funded Pilot Opportunity: Cathay Pacific seeks solutions to ...

Funded Pilot Opportunity: Cathay Pacific seeks solutions to reduce volume of single-use plastic in-flight, especially plastic bags for headphones and blankets.

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Swire

Cathay Pacific: Toolset for Material Selection
Funded Pilot Opportunity: Cathay Pacific seeks a data and so...

Funded Pilot Opportunity: Cathay Pacific seeks a data and software solution to  understand the sustainability impact of various materials to make more sustainable procurement decisions.

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Swire

Cathay Pacific: Office Waste Diversion
Funded Pilot Opportunity: Cathay Pacific is looking for solu...

Funded Pilot Opportunity: Cathay Pacific is looking for solutions reduce waste production and increase recycling rates in its Hong Kong office.

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Swire

HK Express: Inflight Waste & Single-use Plastic Reduction
Funded Pilot Opportunity: HK Express (HKE) seeks a solution ...

Funded Pilot Opportunity: HK Express (HKE) seeks a solution to reduce in-flight single-use plastics (SUP) and promote circularity through waste-to-energy/materials in Hong Kong from its inflight disposable waste.

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Swire

Swire Properties: Heating Energy Reduction
Swire Properties seeks to reduce the overall carbon footprin...

Swire Properties seeks to reduce the overall carbon footprint and energy consumption associated with heating systems in retail buildings within Chinese Mainland.

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Innovate UK KTN

iX Challenge: Valorisation of Paper Industry Waste
DCLM (operated by Veolia) would like to find economically vi...

DCLM (operated by Veolia) would like to find economically viable ways to valorise waste produced from the pulp and paper industry. In their aim to be more sustainable and contribute to a circular economy strategy, DCLM is looking at reducing waste to landfill by seeking solutions utilising innovative methods to valorise dregs (mixture of black and green liquor) and effluent fibre that are produced in large quantities from the pulp and paper production processes.

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Innovate UK KTN

iX Challenge: Solidification of Leachate Concentration
DCLM (operated by Veolia) would like to find more environmen...

DCLM (operated by Veolia) would like to find more environmentally friendly and economically viable ways to solidify the concentrate of their effluent treatment plant. They are seeking solutions utilising innovative solidification agents that can deal with large and increasing volumes of concentrate.

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Formnext

Start-up Challenge
Jump start for start-ups: To provide a platform for young c...

Jump start for start-ups:
To provide a platform for young companies in the realm of established players and pave the way for creative AM ideas to enter the market, Formnext organizes the Start-up Challenge annually.

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Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator

Incubation Program
The LACI Incubation program offers hands-on incubation servi...

The LACI Incubation program offers hands-on incubation services for Cleantech startups to grow in Los Angeles. The first four months of the program are dedicated to intensive curriculum workshops, one-on-one coaching sessions, and roundtables on go-to-market, investor readiness, and pilots. After the initial curriculum, the program is focused on achieving objectives outlined in a custom business roadmap of fundraising, product development, market access, team growth, pilot deployment, and partnerships.

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Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator

Innovators Program
Innovators is a core LACI accelerator program serving early-...

Innovators is a core LACI accelerator program serving early-stage cleantech startups in Southern California. The one-year program is funded by the California Energy Commission’s Regional Energy Innovation Cluster (REIC) and aims to support early stage entrepreneurs launching their venture in California’s growing cleantech innovation ecosystem.

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Elemental Excelerator

ClimateTech Funding Opportunity
Are you an entrepreneur looking to scale a transformative cl...

Are you an entrepreneur looking to scale a transformative climate technology? Are you invested in scaling a solution that brings both climate and social impact? Elemental are committed to bringing more funding, more projects, more solutions and more impact into the climate sector to deploy technologies in more communities in an equitable way.

 

Applications closed.

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LCBA Canada

Biodegradable Injection Molding for Packaging Applications | Thorlabs
Thorlabs Canada currently uses cardboard trays as part of th...

Thorlabs Canada currently uses cardboard trays as part of their optical component packaging. Thorlabs Canada is seeking a replacement for the current system and is particularly interested in using ecofriendly (i.e., made from nature-based materials + biodegradable) materials in an injection molding system to generate the trays. Thorlabs Canada would purchase the trays from a supplier and pay for the specific tooling to be developed.

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LCBA Canada

Environmentally Friendly Thermoset Coating | Thorlabs
Thorlabs Canada is seeking an eco-friendly material replacem...

Thorlabs Canada is seeking an eco-friendly material replacement for its’ fibre optic components. Currently a thermoset powder coating is used to coat the medical grade stainless steel capillary tube (see red tube in picture). The specific properties of this thermoset powder can be viewed in detail here.

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LCBA Canada

Sustainable Solutions for Recycling or Upcycling Fiber Optic Cable | Telus
TELUS is committed to circular economy principles and respon...

TELUS is committed to circular economy principles and responsible resource use. As TELUS works to expand its PureFibre Network, fibre optic cables represent a growing waste stream that is currently going to landfill. As a result, TELUS is looking for sustainable solutions for recycling or upcycling fibre optic cables.

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Global Cement and Concrete Association

Open Innovation Challenge Call
Start-ups are invited by Innovandi Open Challenge, an exciti...

Start-ups are invited by Innovandi Open Challenge, an exciting international partnership programme, run by the Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA) to work on the development of new materials and ingredients for low carbon concrete – a major step towards the ultimate goal of net zero concrete.

Applications open: 14 March 2023

Deadline: 30 May 2023

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Circular Innovation Fund

Acceleration Program
The Circular Innovation Fund Acceleration Program aims to nu...

The Circular Innovation Fund Acceleration Program aims to nurture selected pre-seed and seed-stage companies within the circular economy to bolster investment in an underserved sector, de-risk future CIF investments, and support the build-out of a broader collaborative ecosystem of circular companies at all stages of commercialization.

Applications closed.

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UN Climate Technology Centre and Network

Piloting and Deployment of Technologies in Local Conditions
Malawians’ livelihood and safety are at risk with a changing...

Malawians’ livelihood and safety are at risk with a changing climate. The UN Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) is inviting its Network members to assist Malawi. Interested Network members are invited to submit a form, ‘Expression of Interest(EoI)’. For those who are interested, please visit the UNGM Portal (https://www.ungm.org/Public/Notice/199074) and click the blue button ‘Express Interest’ on your top right. All applicants should also be registered (free of charge) at United Nations Global Marketplace (www.ungm.org).

Applications closed.

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Urban Future Lab

Urban Future Prize Competition
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Urban Future Prize Competition seeks to award the world’s most revolutionary climatetech innovations by bringing the brightest entrepreneurs together to compete for two cash prizes of $50K. The Urban Future Lab at NYU Tandon is excited to offer a Future Vision Prize and a Climate Finance Prize, through the generous support of the New York Community Trust, NYSERDA, and MUFG. Find out more.

Applications closed.

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Innovate UK

Faraday Battery Challenge Investment Readiness Programme
If you are a UK-based SME, active in battery technologies fo...

If you are a UK-based SME, active in battery technologies for transport and energy storage, from anywhere within the battery supply chain (including materials and components, cells, modules and packs, recycling & enabling technologies) and are looking to raise investment, apply by 17:00 on 2nd May 2023 to be part of the Faraday Battery Challenge Investment Readiness Programme 2023 co-led by Innovate UK KTN.

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Suzano Ventures

Bio-Solutions Startup Program
Suzano wants to help develop the bio-economy along with grea...

Suzano wants to help develop the bio-economy along with great entrepreneurs with a structure of acceleration programs to leverage solutions that are in the laboratory phase or seeking commercial validation. The main target are deep tech startups with opportunity to create shared value, providing financial and strategic support to enterprises and, using Suzano’s wider network and resources, help to accelerate technologies to enable new bioproducts based on Suzano ́s eucalyptus forest as well increase digitalization and competitiveness of the forests.

This program offers unparalleled opportunities for emerging businesses to lead the way in biomass and sustainable packaging.

Pre-selections confirmed by 2 May.

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bp Innovation

Commercial Opportunity with the bp Offshore Wind team
Bp have launched three separate campaigns searching for inno...

Bp have launched three separate campaigns searching for innovators in the offshore wind sector, seeking collaborators from individuals to large-scale organizations who have new and exciting ideas – at any level of maturity –  about how to implement on three campaign areas – circularity, system integration and ecology.

Applications closed.

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Carbon to Value

Accelerator Program
C2V is now open for Cohort 3 , and they are seeking groundbr...

C2V is now open for Cohort 3 , and they are seeking groundbreaking carbontech start-ups between TRL 4 and TRL 7 that are developing differentiated and scalable solutions that capture carbon and/or incorporate captured carbon as a major input for valorization.

Applications closed.

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The Liveability Challenge (TLC)

Climate Change & Food & Nutrition Challenges
Climate Change The Liveability Challenge i...

Climate Change
The Liveability Challenge is looking for disruptive innovations that can capture and utilise carbon to create scalable products for global markets, as well as solutions that can capture and store carbon at scale. TLC seek solutions that create value from the conservation or restoration of coastal and marine ecosystems in Southeast Asia.

Food & Nutrition
Aims to establish a circular urban agriculture or aquaculture system, or alternative protein system.  TLC are seeking innovative and breakthrough technological solutions to maximise production efficiency and minimise resource requirements.

Applications closed.

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LCBA Canada

Syngas solutions from wet bark and wood waste feedstock | Paper Excellence
Paper Excellence is seeking for a syngas with an energy dens...

Paper Excellence is seeking for a syngas with an energy density that is similar to natural gas derived from available hog fuel.

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LCBA Canada

Cosia Challenge on Solvent and Non-Solvent Additives Measurement
COSIA’s members are seeking a ‘plug and play’ inline multiph...

COSIA’s members are seeking a ‘plug and play’ inline multiphase measurement technology suitable for detecting solvent and other additives in produced bitumen-water emulsion. Industry is seeking a solution to well measurement that is cost effective and reliable, with reasonable accuracy and fit for solvent recovery processes surveillance.

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LCBA Canada

Energy Monitoring and Management Solutions | Bell Canada
Bell seeks adapted technological solutions Energy monitoring...

Bell seeks adapted technological solutions Energy monitoring and management solutions, to improve energy management in its facilities.

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LCBA Canada

Waste Heat Recovery | Bell Canada
Bell seeks adapted technological solutions in waste heat rec...

Bell seeks adapted technological solutions in waste heat recovery.  Challenge: where electricity is produced from waste heat, how to use the electricity produced to power telecom / IT equipment or other building loads.

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LCBA Canada

Alternative Energy Storage | Bell Canada
Bell seeks innovation solutions and technologies in alternat...

Bell seeks innovation solutions and technologies in alternative energy storage with aim to reduce utility consumption during peak hours.

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LCBA Canada

Fuel Cells for Emergency Power Generation | Bell Canada
Bell is looking for strategies for deploying and integrating...

Bell is looking for strategies for deploying and integrating new technologies and combining reliability and efficiency in the area of Fuel cells.

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LCBA Canada

Renewable Power Generation | Bell Canada
Bell is seeking for technological solutions for renewable en...

Bell is seeking for technological solutions for renewable energy power generation, in order to reduce Bell’s carbon footprint.

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LCBA Canada

Dewatering biomass for combustion | Paper Excellence
Paper Excellence is seeking an economical way to dewater/dry...

Paper Excellence is seeking an economical way to dewater/dry the biomass prior to its combustion.

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LCBA Canada

Fuel Cells for Emergency Power Generation | Bell Canada
Bell is looking for strategies for deploying and integrating...

Bell is looking for strategies for deploying and integrating new technologies and combining reliability and efficiency in the area of Fuel cells.

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LCBA Canada

DC+ Energy Storage Solutions | Bell Canada
Bell is seeking for technological solutions for renewable en...

Bell is seeking for technological solutions for renewable energy power generation, in order to reduce Bell’s carbon footprint.

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LCBA Canada

Manufacturing of lignin-based packaging materials | Paper Excellence
Paper Excellence is looking for alternative packaging materi...

Paper Excellence is looking for alternative packaging materials derived from lignin.

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Urban Future Lab

Offshore Wind Innovation Hub Accelerator program
Startups addressing key challenges to US ...

Startups addressing key challenges to US offshore wind development.

Applications closed.

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Innovate UK

Better Food for All: Innovation For Improved Nutrition
UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £...

UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £20m across three strands, for the development of innovative solutions to address significant nutrition challenges. Your project must have the potential to impact the nutritional quality of food and drink products consumed by the UK population:

  • Enhancing food quality
  • Stratified nutrition
  • Fortified and biofortified foods
  • Plant-based and alternative proteins
  • Preservation, packaging and storage technologies

Applications closed.

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PUB

PUB Global Innovation Challenge
Singapore’s National Water Agency is scaling digital and sma...

Singapore’s National Water Agency is scaling digital and smart solutions by providing funding, resources, and pilot opportunities with the utility.

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Diageo Sustainable Solutions

Pilot Program
Pilot program for start-ups in water, waste, agriculture and...

Pilot program for start-ups in water, waste, agriculture and food which can green Diageo’s business and wider.

Current open program in agriculture to build resilience in Diageo’s smallholder farmer communities.

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Kraft Heinz

Unleash the Power of Tomatoes from Seed to Shelf
Kraft Heinz are searching for innovative ...

Kraft Heinz are searching for innovative solutions from start-ups to unleash the power of tomatoes, delivering on taste, sustainability, nutrition, convenience and/or affordability.

Applications closed.

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Fashion for Good

Fashion Accelerator Program
Accelerator program for innovators within the fashion supply...

Accelerator program for innovators within the fashion supply chain. No equity 9-month accelerator programme.

Applications closed.

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