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PRESS RELEASE: New prizes to recognise game-changing innovation at cleantech showcase

  • Cleantech Innovate 2018 to take place on 20th March at Royal Institution in Mayfair
  • ‘Game-Changer’ prize to be awarded to most potentially revolutionary technology
  • ‘Best Pitch’ prize to be awarded to company giving most inspiring presentation to investors at showcase event

A new prize will recognise the entrepreneur with the most potentially game-changing low-carbon technology at Cleantech Innovate 2018, a showcase event for the most exciting cleantech innovations taking place at the Royal Institution in Mayfair on 20th March.

36 entrepreneurs, handpicked by a selection committee and spanning a range of low-carbon sectors, will pitch their cleantech innovations to a room of investors at the event. The new ‘Game-Changer’ prize will be awarded at the end of the event to the entrepreneur with the technology with the greatest potential to have a revolutionary impact on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and/or improving resource use worldwide. The prize will be judged by the Cleantech Innovate Selection Committee according to the following criteria:

  1. The potential value of the business idea
  2. The novelty of the innovation
  3. The feasibility of the business plan
  4. Why that particular business is best placed to deliver the innovation to market.

The 36 pitching entrepreneurs will also contest the new ‘Best Pitch’ prize, which will be awarded to the entrepreneur delivering the most convincing and inspiring pitch at the event and will be voted for by the event’s delegates on the day.


Charlotte Morton, Chief Executive of sustainability consultancy and Cleantech Innovate organisers We Are Orchard, said:

“The introduction of the Game-Changer prize for Cleantech Innovate 2018 reflects our desire to recognise the innovation that has the greatest potential to bring about a step-change in our ability to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve resource use around the world.

“The particularly high quality of pitching companies shortlisted this for this year’s showcase event also means that the new ‘Best Pitch’ prize will be very hard-fought. It promises to be a very exciting day, with plenty of revenue-generating innovation for investors to get their teeth into.”


Michael Ruggier, founder and Chief Executive of GameChanger Technologies Ltd and lead judge for the Game-Changer prize, said:

“As a planet, we face huge challenges – by just 2030 we’ll need 50% more energy, 40% more water, and 35% more food than we do now to meet increased demand. Overcoming these challenges is doable, but without a significant change in mentality and a willingness to invest in technologies that are truly game-changing, this will not happen.

“That’s why I’m delighted to support Cleantech Innovate 2018’s innovative Game-Changer prize, which will recognise a technology that truly involves radical and disruptive innovation. Creating this type of innovation involves starting with a clean sheet of paper, rather than trying to compete with what’s already out there, and requires passion, belief, courage, and determination. I’m very much looking forward to seeing a true game-changer recognised by this great prize at the event next week.”




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