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Chrysalis LEAP announces the launch of CleanLaunchpad

24 June, 2014

Europe’s largest cleantech idea competition in Greece and Cyprus

Chrysalis LEAP, with the sponsorship and collaboration of ΕΥ Cyprus, announces the launch of CleanLaunchpad, Europe’s largest cleantech idea competition, in Greece and Cyprus. The pan-European competition is organized by Climate-KIC, EU’s main climate innovation initiative. Participating countries include Hungary, Germany, Spain, UK, Sweden, Italy, Poland, Cyprus, Greece, Denmark and the Netherlands.

Chrysalis Leap will be accepting applications from Greece and Cyprus by August 23rd. After that, 10 shortlisted ideas will participate in a bootcamp held in Cyprus on September 13th - 14th which will include mentoring, classes from experienced professionals, networking and preparation for the national final that will take place on October 17th. At the national final, teams will pitch their ideas to a jury that will award a cash prize to the top three and the ability to compete in the pan-European final which will take place on October 29th – 31st in Valencia in Spain. The overall winner of CleanLaunchpad will receive 10,000EUR. Second and third prize winners will receive 5,000EUR and 2,500EUR respectively. Apart from cash prizes, the three first winners will be granted entry to the coveted Climate-KIC acceleration programme, an 18-month real-life business school that will allow them to develop and commercialize their idea making use of up to 95,000EUR each in seed capital.

Chrysalis LEAP founder, Alexandros Charalambides stated: “We are very proud that Climate-KIC entrusted us with the execution of CleanLaunchpad in Cyprus and Greece. We have experienced the value of acceleration first-hand through our own inclusion in Climate-KIC’s program upon winning a 2012 Pan-European competition with the project ENERMAP. In 2013 we shared our knowledge with the launch of Chrysalis LEAP in Cyprus and now we are fortunate to have this opportunity to help even more entrepreneurs compete for a seat on Climate-KIC!”

Head of Marketing and Communication at EY Cyprus, sponsor of Chrysalis LEAP, Kyproula Papachristodoulou, said “EY Cyprus has been supporting entrepreneurship fervently for decades. It is always present in initiatives aiming at promoting entrepreneurship and finding innovative ideas that can tackle problems created by climate change. In this way we contribute significantly in building a better working world for our people, our customers and our societies.”

For information about the competition and to fill in an application please visit http://cleanlaunchpad.eu/application-form/

Chrysalis LEAP (Launching Entrepreneurship Acceleration Platform) is the first accelerator in Cyprus which provides start-up teams with the necessary tools and skills to transform their ideas in the fields of Cleantech and Sustainable Development into solid, scalable and marketable business ideas.