The Collider’s 2019 Climate Tech Challenge is a global search for the most innovative climate change solutions emerging from students, researchers, and experienced professionals around the world. We’re looking for future climate leaders who are developing tools, sensors, or analytics products — whether their ideas are just scribbled on a whiteboard, protected by a patent, or are part of an established startup.
You are eligible to apply for the 2019 Climate Tech Challenge if you/ your startup matches all of the following criteria:
- Have intellectual property for or has developed a tech product related to climate analytics.
- Qualify (or would qualify) as a climate tech startup.
- Have annual revenue less than $500,000.
- Have raised less than $500,000 in grants or other funding to date.
Startups and emerging entrepreneurs from around the world are eligible to apply. We will only accept one submission per team.
Climate Tech Qualifications
To qualify as a climate tech startup/ entrepreneur, you must meet the following criteria:
- Incorporation and analysis of historical climate and weather data and/or a robust set of climate models.
- Contribution to existing weather and climate datasets.
- Scientifically sound generation and distribution of new weather and climate information.
For more details, see our blog post: What the Heck is Climate Tech?
Applications to the Climate Tech Challenge will be judged on the following criteria:
Degree of idea or product innovation. We are looking for breakthrough climate tech ideas and solutions that address critical needs within climate analytics and climate adaptation. We will be most impressed by your idea/technology if we are convinced that you’re doing something new or something better than what’s currently available on the market.
Importance of the need addressed. We are most excited by climate tech solutions that have the potential to profoundly improve the capacity of communities, governments, and corporations to adapt to climate change.
Consideration of equity and inclusion. Empowering marginalized communities with intel to guide adaptation efforts is key to ensuring a vibrant future for all. Competitive ideas and products will explain how the technology will serve and reach underserved groups.
Demonstrated interest in scaling the technology or company. Scalable tech solutions hold unique promise to rapidly inform adaptation efforts. We are eager to understand your interest in and/or plans to scale the proposed idea or technology.
The Collider will host two informational webinars about the Climate Tech Challenge. RSVPs are encouraged.
March 21, 2019, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. (EDT), RSVP
April 25, 2019, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. (EDT), RSVP
Contact The Collider’s Entrepreneurship Manager, Tory Grieves.