Cleantech start-up battles against Europe’s best in Climate-KIC Bootcamp

September 28, 2017


Climate-focused company Twipes is one of four start-ups representing the UK and Ireland at the Venture Competition 2017 two-day Business Bootcamp hosted in Oslo on 26th and 27th September.


Organised by the EU’s main climate innovation initiative Climate-KIC, the competition is exclusive to start-ups that have taken part in the Climate-KIC Accelerator and recognises Europe’s most innovative environmental projects.


Twipes, part of the Climate-KIC Accelerator operating from the Innovation Birmingham Campus, has reinvented toilet wipes by engineering a hygienic and sustainable dispersion time of three hours.


Its innovation has led to a top four placing in the national Venture Competition in London and the opportunity to compete against 30 of Europe’s best cleantech start-ups pitching in Oslo. Jason Gouveia, Innovation Programme Coordinator at Climate-KIC UK and Ireland said:

“We need to create more climate-positive businesses in the UK and Ireland, more quickly, if we’re going to meet our climate goals and play a leading role in this rapidly changing economy.


“The four start-ups going through to the Bootcamp in Oslo from the UK and Ireland demonstrate once again the critical role we play in providing finance and business support to climate-focused companies with potential to transform systems.” 


A selection committee will choose 10 of the 30 start-ups in Oslo to progress onto the European Venture Competition 2017 Final in Helsinki between November 30th and December 1st as part of the world’s leading start-up event SLUSH.  


Enterprises will compete at the Final for a 50,000-euro prize and the title of Best Climate Venture 2017 in front of a community of investors and over 17,000 techies.


The Business Bootcamp start-ups have until October 8th to submit an executive summary, which will help form the basis for selection.


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