The ClimateLaunchpad jury has selected the 12 finalists to the world’s largest climate innovation competition from over 50 applicants. The 12 finalists will be pitching their concepts on a Boot Camp Final Show, May 7th 2:30-4:30 pm at Aalto Design Factory in Otaniemi.  Want to join? Sign up for the show now!


ClimateLaunchpad, the world’s largest climate innovation competition, aims to identify and help forward the most promising ideas and teams to tackle humanity’s most haunting challenge, climate change. This year, Demos Helsinki and Aalto University are bring the competition to Finland for the very first time. The participants will start working on their ideas in the ClimateLaunchpad Boot Camp at Aalto Design Factory on May 6th. The Boot Camp culminates in the pitch show to be held in May 7th at 2.30-4.30 pm. To join the pitch show, sign up now by filling out this form!

The ClimateLaunchpad jury features top experts from cleantech pros to startup folk, including business angel and board member of Fiban Ari Hyppönen, investor and founder of Cleantech Invest Tarja Teppo, founder of Hupparihörhö Sami Kuusela, Aalto University’s professor of management Raimo Lovio and Demos Helsinki’s CEO Tuuli Kaskinen. They picked the best teams for the program from over 50 applicants.

Based on the hard work by our judges, we are proud to announce our 12 finalists!

OatKitchen is a cross-cultural food tech company, that is developing novel and sustainable plant protein foods. They combine the latest Nordic food science findings and the pure, natural and trendy Nordic ingredients with some traditional Asian food technologies in their products. People who care about the wellbeing of themselves, their children and the planet can make better nutritional choices with OatKitchens smart plant protein.

Parking Energy Ltd. says “charge while you park”. They update the existing warming poles to dual functioning warming poles / EV chargers. It is the world’s first parking electricity operator, starting from Finland and aiming to go global.

Clean Water Mapping is doing exactly what it’s called: they will design a system consisting of several sensors, which capture and send data through SMS text messages periodically. The data is then analyzed in their servers and compared with the minimum water standard for human consumption. After that they will create models based on comparisons of the data with that of NASA and these measurements, over time, will provide them with observable correlations between satellite data and the contamination levels they detect with sensors.

24/7 Local Service Point is a 24/7 available smart container, that reinvigorates the local community by providing easily accessible facilities for local services and exchanges. This reduces the need for travel to city centers and for construction of business space. The service point is integrated with an online service platform and existing services and communities.

Tuup helps to manage everyday time use and mobility by bringing all mobility options into one application, making it easy to compare and pay for the services – parking, public transport, taxi, car and bike sharing etc. With Tuup employers can offer employees a flexible mobility benefit, which puts climate friendly travel alternatives on an equal footing with car use.

Loadbro is a private Internet service where haulers and consigners can meet. Using Loadbro consigners can offer their freight tasks and haulers can make bids for them. This reduces greenhouse gas emissions by offering backhauls for shippers and raising the loading ratio of trucks, thus radically reducing the empty driving of trucks.

EnergyUP is an ICT social platform for measuring and enhancing individual and community energy saving actions at home and work, through sharing, challenging and comparing the results inside a social network context. The mobile app will connect to smart meters and enable people to follow and predict their energy consumption, compare it to relevant other households, learn through socially rated tips on more efficient behaviour, and to save and improve on the behavioural patterns through personal or common goals and challenges.

Nanomaj is developing a technology-driven frugal filter product that utilises an innovative filter material licenced by Ahlstrom, removing contaminants from the water and eliminating the need of treating it. This solution has potential to reduce the amount of charcoal used around the world for boiling water – 750 million people don’t have access to clean water – being affordable for the base-of-pyramid markets, fitting the prevalent lifestyles and local ecosystems and generating a sustainable profit.

Academic Association of Insect Economics, AAIE, brings together insect production research and financing. In addition their aim is to create and develop an industry around insect production and processing for both livestock and human consumption.

BlokFood is a distributed aquaponics greenhouse concept to produce vegetables and fish. Customers pick the vegetables fresh themselves and fish is harvested as a by-product. The process is a closed-loop cycle that uses 90% less water and 50% less fertilizers than conventional techniques, without pesticides.

Electric motor powered hill assistant unit for Heavy Good Vehicle does exactly what it says in it’s name. An electric motor and battery is installed in the trailer of a truck, assisting it when going uphill and regenerating power and charging the battery when going downhill. The system is independent of the truck and uses location, pitch, speed and altitude data to control the assistance and thus reduce fuel consumption and particulate emissions.

Energalis is a distributed solar thermal and solar electric solution including full financing and maintenance, aiming to the growing African markets. It’s aim is to improve the quality of life of African households while lessening greenhouse gas emissions and forest loss.


But no need to read more – come see the teams yourself at the pitch show on May 7th!