CleanTech Challenge 2020

Sustainable development is a hot and challenging topic. The same goes for founding a successful business. Within 10 weeks of interactive seminars you will be able to combine the two.

Do you want to take part in this great learning experience and have a chance at winning a ticket to the CleanTech Bootcamp in London? Get to know more about the challenge at the kickoff on December 16th at YES!Delft! Subscribe below to stay updated about the kick-off!

Get started on your idea as a tech student

Get started on your idea as a business student

How it works

1. Find

Find your own team with students from TU Delft, Erasmus University Rotterdam and Leiden University and come up with a business idea.

2. Learn

Coaching from specialists in the field of sustainability.

3. Improve

Make sure that the business idea is not only sustainable but financially feasible.

4. Pitch

Pitch your idea  during the Dutch and London finals.

At the cornerstone of innovation.

The CleanTech Challenge provides entrepreneurial students the chance to work out their innovative ideas from the concept stage to a final business plan, with the help of professionals throughout the process. 

Are you interested in starting your own sustainable business but don’t know where to start? The Dutch CleanTech Challenge is a competition for entrepreneurial students throughout the country. After the great success of the previous Dutch CleanTech Challenges, we are proud to announce the 2020 edition of the Dutch CTC. The Dutch CTC is hosted by Yes!Delft Students and the Erasmus Center for Entrepreneurship and encourages student teams with interdisciplinary backgrounds to develop and pitch their concepts for a sustainable start-up. The CleanTech Challenge provides entrepreneurial students the chance to work out their sustainable, innovative ideas from the concept stage to a final business plan, with the help of professionals throughout the process. If you are interested, join our network event on December 19th at Yes!Delft where you can meet other participants and make a team to join the competition. We invited a few special guests as well to give you some inspiration and more information about the CleanTech Challenge.  More information about this evening will be sent soon. 

 

Timeline 2019-2020

December2019

Kick-off CleanTECH Challenge 2020

The official kick-off of the CleanTech Challenge will take place on the 16th of December.

Networking sessions

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January2020

March2019

Workshop cycles

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Semi-Finals

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March2019

March2019

Dutch Finals

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LONDON FINALS

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April2020

FAQ

General

I am studying in Rotterdam. Is this challenge also for me?
It sure is! At first glance this competition might be all about the innovation in ideas, which is not true. In England this competition was actually started by the London Business School and University College London, which might hint the importance of business.
Who can participate in the Challenge?
The Challenge is for university students only, and is targeted at those currently undertaking a postgraduate degree (Masters or Doctoral) in a business, science or engineering discipline at a recognized Higher Education Institution anywhere in the world. “Current” means students who were enrolled in a degree programme as of the start of the competition.

We do accept ideas that have been developed in collaboration with individuals who are not students (or no longer students). However, each team of 2-5 people that competes in the Challenge must entirely be comprised of students. We allow — and encourage — participants to seek external input into the development of their ideas, as the aim of the competition is to help students further develop and refine their idea

How is the Challenge different from other business case competitions?
Most business plan competitions focus on the output – often an elaborate document that does not focus on the core risks and challenges faced by a new venture. This competition is different.

To begin with, students have to base their ventures on real technology opportunities and market needs. In addition, students are required to put together ‘teams’ that are explicitly short-term – whose sole objective is to take the opportunity through to the next stage of investment by a process that we call ‘de-risking’. Third, students work with mentors to refine their ideas.

In short – the CTC aims to create sustainable ventures.

What qualifies as “Cleantech”?
We seek ideas that have the “potential to make a significant environmental impact.” If your idea falls in this definition, it can be considered “clean tech.” CleanTech includes (but is not limited to) the energy, waste treatment and agriculture sectors. A good characterization of the ideas we would expect to fall in the CleanTech category is provided here.
What awards and benefits will the winners receive?
The winner(s) of the Dutch CleanTech Challenge will receive price money including a ticket to the finals in London, offering an opportunity to win an additional cash award of £10,000. (This prize may be split among teams upon the recommendation of the Judges and at the discretion of the CTC Organizing Committee, for instance in the case of a tie.) All winners from the first round will get:

  • Feedback on their ideas from world class clean technology venture capitalists
  • Introduction to a network of clean technology entrepreneurs, investors and potential partners
  • Mentoring by experienced professionals
  • Access to exclusive seminars

Subscribing

Am I eligible for this challenge?
If you’re a student registered for degree programme in the Netherlands during the academic year 2019 / 2020, you are more than welcome to participate! We anticipate but do not require that students will be post-graduate (Masters or Doctoral).
How do I submit my idea?
The Challenge is for university students only, and is targeted at those currently undertaking a postgraduate degree (Masters or Doctoral) in a business, science or engineering discipline at a recognized Higher Education Institution anywhere in the world. “Current” means students who were enrolled in a degree programme as of the start of the competition.

We do accept ideas that have been developed in collaboration with individuals who are not students (or no longer students). However, each team of 2-5 people that competes in the Challenge must entirely be comprised of students. We allow — and encourage — participants to seek external input into the development of their ideas, as the aim of the competition is to help students further develop and refine their idea

Can I submit more than one idea?
Yes, in fact this is encouraged! Please try to submit as many ideas as you want. However, individuals are only allowed to represent 1 team / idea for the finals.
I don’t have an idea, but I would like to participate. How can I join the competition?
We strongly encourage you to try to create your own ideas, even if they are rough sketch, and submit for Phase 1. Do some research and see what is being said about CleanTech – maybe you will find some inspiration.

Option 2 is to find a team that has already formed an idea over here. Post a message in this group with a request to join.

If you still don’t have even a sketch of an idea by Phase 1, you can technically join in Phase 2 if you get recruited by someone who has made it through Phase 1. That would be the third option. Ofcourse it’s more fun to try your hand at Phase 1, though, so we recommend you to do so.

You should also like the Challenge Facebook page, so that we can keep you updated on the competition.

What awards and benefits will the winners receive?
The winner(s) of the Dutch CleanTech Challenge will receive price money including a ticket to the finals in London, offering an opportunity to win an additional cash award of £10,000. (This prize may be split among teams upon the recommendation of the Judges and at the discretion of the CTC Organizing Committee, for instance in the case of a tie.) All winners from the first round will get:

  • Feedback on their ideas from world class clean technology venture capitalists
  • Introduction to a network of clean technology entrepreneurs, investors and potential partners
  • Mentoring by experienced professionals
  • Access to exclusive seminars

                 Previous winners

REAPlastic

REAPlastic will purchase the collected plastic waste from existing plastic waste pickers’ organizations. This plastic waste will be processed into recycled granules by local disadvantaged groups. A part of the granules will be sold directly to other local plastic...

AquaDrive

We want to reduce the suicides committed by farmers in India by making customized affordable products in order to tend their land and pay their bills. Aquadrive is a bike pump used to irrigate farmers fields. The product is the cheapest solution for backup power...

SecondLIFE Power Solutions

Aims to replace diesel generators with a cleaner alternative in the form of solar powered second-life automotive batteries. We have a proprietary technology to increase the life of second-life batteries. Our market study showed great potential, with the diesel...

Cl-air

Air-conditioning is currently not sustainable when look at the amount of energy that is costs. At places which have a supply of 80 degrees Celsius and a cooling demand of 16 degrees Celsius CLAIR can provide clean cool air! Clair is able to connect this system to...

PrasinusTech

Makes the ammonia production process clean and sustainable by using biomass/waste resources in place of fossil fuels. The business model revolves around collecting bio-waste from farmers, processing the waste, producing fertilizer out of it and supplying back the...

Dare

Project Dare proposes an innovative street-smart lighting system that saves energy and reduces CO2 emissions. “Dare” consists of two elements: “Drop” and “Share”. “Drop” focuses on the physical lighting fixture itself and “Share” compliments “Drop” by attempting to...

Play Around

Using mechanical and 3-D printing technology, we aim to close the material loop for children toys, providing customers with an experience of visualizing the creation of value from “waste”. Moreover, Play Around aims to introduce the concept of sustainability to...

Kartent

The Kartent is the new, green festival tent. Made purely from cardboard the Kartent is recyclable, cheap and can be printed on by festival sponsors. With the dimensions 2.40m by 1.40m the Kartent is even big enough for two people.

Aftermovie CTC Finals 2014

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