The Israeli Finals of ClimateLaunchpad - Europe's Largest Cleantech Ideas competition
The event included a fascinating guest lecture by Dr. Nicolas Wyrsch from Switzerland on "The Solar Impact technology". Dr. Wyrsch is a member of the development team of the solar plane that is attempting to complete a trip around the world using solar energy. The event was held in collaboration with Eilat-Eilot Renewable Energy, CapitalNature and the Swiss embassy in Israel.
Dr. Nicolas Wyrsch
ClimateLaunchpad is a program by Climate-KIC; the EU’s main climate innovation initiative. It is Europe’s largest public-private innovation partnership focused on mitigating and adapting to climate change. Climate-KIC consists of an international network of companies, academic institutions and the public sector.
Delegates from 28 countries will participate in the International ClimateLaunchpad competition, held in the Netherlands. The Eilat- Eilot Initiative is the organizer of the competition in Israel. Twelve teams, out of 45 ideas submitted, were selected to present their ideas in the final. The teams worked on developing and improving their products and their presentations during a three-day marathon of business development held at Kibbutz Neot Smadar in preparation for the final. During the final they pitched their ideas to a panel of judges selected by the Eilat-Eilot.
The judges - from left to right: Dorit Banet, Avi Feldman, Dr. Saul Reichman, Noa Meron
Each of the teams had 5 minutes to present their idea. The ideas presented in the final were varied and included various technological developments. After the pitch the contestants answered the judges' questions. The Judges rated the pitches based on the number criteria- including impact on climate, innovation, business potential, quality of presentation, and more.
The winners in the Israeli Climate Launchpad finals :
- First place - EMDACT
A System that turns carbon dioxide (CO2) to natural gas by microorganisms.
- Second place - AutoCEB
Computer design of compressed earth bricks.
- Third Place - Roots
A Social network which serves as a mediator between urban farmers and customers who want to buy cheap high-quality fruits and vegetables.
The three winning teams will be sent by the organizers to the final competition held in Amsterdam in September. The European final winners will present their ideas in Paris, receive cash prizes and given access to the Climate-KIC Accelerator. The Porter School of Environmental Studies wishes luck to the Israeli contestants in the international competition in Amsterdam.