The Innovation Challenge Hub
WHERE CLEANTECH ENTREPRENEURS MEET OPPORTUNITIES

What Will You Do Next?

Looking to develop, pilot, or scale your innovation? Take advantage of the myriad of opportunities provided by Innovation Challenges for which corporates, investors, accelerators, and governments are recruiting.

Cleantech Group helps innovators by sharing live (and expired) challenges that have captured our attention from our daily work engaging with the global cleantech ecosystem. The Innovation Challenge Hub is a useful resource to keep coming back to.

Cleantech Group is an active partner on these challenges:

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Innovation Challenges

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Elemental Excelerator

Deadline: May 31, 2024
Open Investment Opportunities
There are less than two weeks left to apply for our latest i...

There are less than two weeks left to apply for our latest investment cycle. Elemental is investing up to $3M per company and looking to support 15-20 companies across two investment tracks. If you are interested in joining the Elemental portfolio, apply now to receive preferential review for GGRF investments made this year. Further details and expanded investment opportunities will be announced in the upcoming months.

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East Ventures and Temasek Foundation

Deadline: June 4, 2024
Climate Impact Innovations Challenge
Climate Impact Innovations Challenge (CIIC) is Indonesia’s l...

Climate Impact Innovations Challenge (CIIC) is Indonesia’s largest climate innovations tech competition. Debuted in 2023, CIIC provides a platform for tech innovators to showcase their sustainable innovations in addressing ecological challenges and mitigating the impacts of climate change.

CIIC 2024 provides the platform for teams to compete in three tracks for a total prize pool of Rp 10 billion to pilot their solutions within Indonesia.

Only teams that have created a prototype or a minimum viable product with the intention of commercialization are eligible to apply.

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Innovate UK KTN

Deadline: June 14, 2024
Innovation Exchange Digital Innovation Challenge
The Innovate UK Innovation Exchange programme is supporting ...

The Innovate UK Innovation Exchange programme is supporting Rolls-Royce SMR to monitor the condition of components within power station modules throughout their journey from factory to storage and installation.

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Urban Future Lab

Deadline: June 21, 2024
Carbon to Value, Year 4
For its fourth accelerator cohort, the C2V Initiativ...

For its fourth accelerator cohort, the C2V Initiative and its Carbontech Leadership Council (CLC) are welcoming applications from startups at Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 4-7 that are developing carbontech solutions.

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Innovate UK

Deadline: March 1, 2025
Faraday Battery Challenge
The Faraday Battery Challenge will support UK registered Sma...

The Faraday Battery Challenge will support UK registered Small, Micro and Medium-sized, businesses only to apply for a share of up to £1.5 million to increase and facilitate their engagement with the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre. An extension was granted in 2022, so that the challenge now ends in March 2025.

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Sustainable Ventures

Ongoing
Innovation Challenge: Lambeth
Sustainable Ventures is launching a competition to help SMES...

Sustainable Ventures is launching a competition to help SMES & Established Businesses solve their net zero challenges and Innovators scale their solutions particularly in low carbon buildings, waste management, behavior change, and low carbon mobility.

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Imagine H2O Asia

Ongoing
Pilot Funding & Scale Up Support
Asia-Pacific water challenges that are addressed by entrepre...

Asia-Pacific water challenges that are addressed by entrepreneurs receive pilot funding and scale up support with partners.

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Plug-and-Play

Ongoing
Mobility Accelerator
Autonomous vehicles, connectivity, electrification, smart ci...

Autonomous vehicles, connectivity, electrification, smart cities.

Rolling applications year round. Stage-agnostic.

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EcoLabs

Ongoing
EcoLabs-Continental Urban Mobility Accelerator
Spanning urban mobility, electrification, energy efficiency,...

Spanning urban mobility, electrification, energy efficiency, and sustainable transport.

Open to applicants in all regions/continents.

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EVA

Ongoing
Electric Vehicle Accelerator
Charging infrastructure, EV fleets, services supporting elec...

Charging infrastructure, EV fleets, services supporting electric mobility.

Announced in April 2022. Open to companies located beyond Singapore.

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Get our Guides to Successful Innovation and Put Your Company Ahead of the Rest

Fast Guide to Successful Innovation Part One: How to Smash the Innovation Challenge Application

How much information should you share? What's essential? Optional? Part One of our Fast Guide to Successful Innovation zeroes in on what you need to do to connect with the decision makers in all the right ways.

Fast Guide to Successful Innovation Part Two: Pitching a Cleantech Company - Your Checklist for Success

Selling your idea or product to new audience can be as daunting as it is exciting. Our checklist takes you through a plan for getting the the best possible outcome.

Fast Guide to Successful Innovation Part Three: How to Get the Most from your Corporate Cleantech Partner

Understanding your potential new partner's requirements, and even their language, will help you benefit from the process, manage your feedback and respond with useful information.

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