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CLIMATE: Final call for Europe’s largest cleantech idea competition

06 August, 2014

The deadline for participating in CleanLaunchpad, Europe’s largest cleantech idea competition is approaching! Chrysalis LEAP is looking for ideas that will represent Cyprus and Greece in the pan-European competition, organized by Climate-KIC, EU’s main climate innovation initiative. Final date for application submission is August 23rd.

Chrysalis LEAP will select 10 ideas to participate in a bootcamp held in Cyprus on September 12th - 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 prizes 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 in seed capital.

Chrysalis LEAP co-founder, Alexandros Charalambides, stated: “So far we have received some very interesting ideas and we are expecting a lot more as we are getting closer to the deadline. Cleantech is relatively fresh in Cyprus and Greece, and we are happy that through CleanLaunchpad we are contributing in building the infrastructure and giving all necessary tools for the business development of this new sector.”

Head of Marketing and Communication at EY Cyprus, sponsor of Chrysalis LEAP, Kyproula Papachristodoulou, said “It is such a pleasure to see how much talent is revealed through this competition and EY Cyprus is proud to sponsor and support such great initiatives that focus on creativity and entrepreneurship.”

For information about the competition and to fill in an application please visit

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.