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Nordic Cleantech Open Top 3 Winners Announced!

Round 2018-2019 opening soon...

Read about TOP 3 winners   here!


About Nordic Cleantech Open

Nordic Cleantech Open is a start-up competition for cleantech entrepreneurs from the Nordic and Baltic countries. The competition aims to identify the 25 best, innovative seed stage cleantech start-ups in the Nordic and Baltic regions and highlight them to our expert jury of international investors and industrial companies.  The process facilitates building relations between start-ups and the jury as well as helps to accelerate the cleantech companies into the global market.

Why should you participate?

  • Boost your business traction. Our results show that the Top 25 of the competition, on average, have a larger turnover after the competition in comparison to the median of other Nordic  cleantech companies.
  • Gain global visibility among investors and industrial companies from around the world.
  • Get valuable feedback from the expert jury. They will look at your innovation, market potential and ability to execute.
  • A chance to win a free ticket to a suitable trade mission organized by Cleantech Scandinavia and/or its partners
  • Pitching possibilities for the Top 25 and Top 10 companies in front of investors and industrial companies from various fields.
  • If you climb to Top 25, you get a description of your  company in the widely distributed Top 25 report.
  • All applicants get a full description of their  company in the Cleantech Scandinavia company database, where industry and investors search for new technology.

Ready? Application round 8 to the Nordic Cleantech Open is launched summer 2018!

How Does the Competition Work?

Who Can Apply?

  • Anyone looking to turn their cleantech idea into a successful business can apply.
  • You own the rights to the idea with which you are entering the competition.
  • It is recommended that the applying company is a start-up that has received less than EUR 1,000,000 in external private financing. Grant funding, bank loans, revenues and any money from friends and family are excluded. However, if you are a start-up slightly above the recommended funding level and looking for further investments and industrial exposure, you are welcome to apply.
  • Your business is based in one of the Nordic or Baltic countries (Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia or Lithuania).

How to Apply?

You simply fill out the online application form. This form is swift to fill out, but we advise you to  be thorough as it  will be the main source of information for the jury, when selecting the top 25 companies.

All applicants will receive written feedback on their applications from our jury members, so take the chance to hear what the investors and industrial companies think about your solution.

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One Application - Several Initiatives

When you apply to Nordic Cleantech Open, if you are eligible, you also compete in the different co-competitions called  ‘Windows’  with the same application.

Malmö Smart City Award

The Malmö Smart City Award is an outstanding opportunity for innovative and entrepreneurial companies addressing environmental problems in the built environment. This could be a number of areas including, better building materials, energy efficiency in buildings, energy generation in cities and more.

WWF Climate Solver is a climate innovations portal developed by WWF. The objective is to strengthen the development and to increase the use of transformative technologies and business models which have a great potential to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and increase energy access around the globe. The magnitude of positive climate and energy access impact potential carried by early-stage commercialized innovations is the focus of the Climate Solver programme.

Window for Postcode Lottery Green Challenge

Postcode Lottery Green Challenge is a special co-competition partner for Nordic Cleantech Open;  if you are eligible, you can make a separate application at Postcode Lottery Green Challenge webpage. However, we encourage the Nordic Cleantech Open applicants to contact Tanja at for assistance with the application to make the application process for Green Challenge easier and smoother.

The Postcode Lottery Green Challenge is one of the world’s largest competitions in the field of sustainable entrepreneurship with the aim to support ideas, which combat climate change. With prize money the finalist startups can further develop their product or service, and to bring it to market.

About the Organizer

Cleantech Scandinavia’s mission is to scout the new innovative cleantech companies in the Nordics and Baltics and  offer a unique opportunity for our well-established international network of investors, industrials, real estate companies, cities, service providers and the public sector to learn about them. We are the trusted source of cleantech-related investment opportunities, business intelligence and investment statistics in the Nordics.

Today we have some 70 members, including venture funds, industrial ventures from leading multinational companies, real estate companies, cities, service providers and government organisations. We have members from all continents with one common interest – Nordic cleantech innovation.

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Questions or Comments?

If you have any  questions or comments  regarding the competition, feel free to contact Tanja at

Do you Wish to Contribute?

If you wish to  sponsor, in return we offer a gateway to the evolving and innovative Nordic cleantech start-up scene, visibility and a lot of fun along the way!  If you wish to contribute to the Nordic Cleantech Open, please contact Tanja at