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PRESS RELEASE: Finalist start-ups for cleantech showcase announced

  • 30 start-ups shortlisted to pitch clean technologies to investors at prestigious event
  • Shortlisted start-ups offer “game-changing solutions to climate change and better resource use”
  • Showcase takes place in London on 30th April

The final list of start-ups shortlisted to pitch their clean technologies to a room full of investors at showcase event Cleantech Innovate has been announced.

30 start-ups have been shortlisted by a panel of cleantech innovation experts across five categories: water and waste, food, transport, energy, and shelter.

The event, which will take place on 30th April at the Royal Horticultural Halls in London, aims to connect the most promising environmental technologies that will “accelerate results for a more sustainable future” with impact investors looking for both a good return and a measurable and beneficial environmental impact.

The event will also feature workshops designed to support cleantech entrepreneurs looking to grow their business and will close with the presentation of the ‘Game-Changer Prize’, which will recognise the technology with the greatest potential to have a revolutionary impact on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and/or improving resource use worldwide.

Charlotte Morton, Chief Executive of We Are Orchard, organisers of the event, said:

I’m hugely excited to see the final list of start-ups that will be pitching to investors at this year’s Cleantech Innovate. These companies all have the potential to deliver game-changing solutions to the climate crisis we are facing and improve resource use around the world, and they will have the opportunity to secure funding from the sharpest minds in cleantech investment at the event.

For these innovative entrepreneurs, the easy part of applying is now over – now comes the more difficult but exciting challenge of delivering a world-class pitch on the day!

Jim Totty, Manager Partner at Earth Capital and a member of the judging panel, said:

The Sustainable Revolution that will dominate coming decades eclipses any short-term political and economic uncertainty. The extraordinary quality and number of game-changing entries on show at Cleantech Innovate 2019 totally confirms this. As many global industry sectors face existential threats in the next 20 years, the change to sustainable business models will be driven by the businesses on show at Cleantech Innovate.

Julie Alexander, Director of Technology and Innovation at Places for People and a member of the judging panel, said:

The quality of submissions across all the categories this year is incredibly good. It will be hard to pick out winners. It’s now all down to the power of the pitch.

Richard Templar, Director of Innovation at Imperial College London’s Grantham Institute and a member of the judging panel, said:

I was delighted by the volume and quality of the entries we were asked to judge. Having said that it made deciding on finalists much harder! Cleantech looks to be in rude health.

Joseph Seal-Driver, Entrepreneur In Residence at InMotion Ventures and a member of the judging panel, said:

The quality and variety of submissions are exceptional; it’s a really exciting time for sustainable business.



Notes for editors

List of finalists for Cleantech Innovate 2019:


For further information, quotes or images from Cleantech Innovate please contact:

Chris Noyce, PR & Parliamentary Affairs Executive, Cleantech Innovate


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