Top Innovators Finding Solutions to Fight the Climate Crisis Announced in 50 to Watch List


London, England – 23 October 2020  The 2020 50 to Watch report is the second annual list of the most promising early-stage private companies delivering innovative solutions to combat the climate crisis. The entrepreneurs in the list are creating new technologies and business models that could solve the plastics crisis, regenerate soils, seed new forests, create climate-positive buildings and end desertification.

In the face of a worsening climate crisis, this year’s 50 to Watch companies hold the seeds to a brighter future. With dedication and innovation, they are fighting the plastics crisis, regenerating soils, accelerating electrification and more,” said Jules Besnainou, Director, Cleantech Group.

To arrive at the companies on the list, Cleantech Group put together a diverse panel of more than 30 early-stage investment and innovation experts from five continents. The Expert Panel nominated the companies they were most impressed with, focusing on innovative solutions to the climate crisis. Next, those nominations were combined with Cleantech Group nominations and added to research on early-stage public awards. The resulting 500 nominations were put through qualitative and impact filters. All nominations were weighted according to their relevance, keeping a sectoral and geographical balance. A shortlist of 150 companies was agreed. The Expert Panel then reviewed and scored this shortlist to arrive at the final 50.

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