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Round 8 of the Nordic Cleantech Open starts on 1 September, 2018

About Nordic Cleantech Open

Nordic Cleantech Open is a start-up competition for cleantech entrepreneurs from the Nordic and Baltic regions.  The purpose of the competition is to identify the 25 best and most innovative seed stage cleantech start-ups from the Nordics and Baltics, to then highlight them to our international jury of investors and industrial actors. The process puts the start-ups in the spotlight, with the goal of supporting and accelerating their transition into the global market.

Why should you participate?

  • Improve your business traction. Our results show that after the competition, the Top 25 companies have, on average, a larger turnover than the median of other Nordic cleantech companies.
  • Gain global visibility among investors and industrial actors from around the world.
  • Get valuable feedback from the expert jury. They will assess your innovation, market potential and ability to execute.
  • Pitching opportunities for the Top 25 and Top 10 companies in front of investors and industries
  • Companies that reach Top 25 get a full company description in our widely distributed Top 25 Report.
  • All applicants are added to the Cleantech Scandinavia database, where industry and investors regularly search for innovations and investment opportunities.

Interested? The application opens on September 1, 2018!

How Does the Competition Work?

Who Can Apply?

  • Anyone looking to turn his or her cleantech idea into a successful business.
  • You have to 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 money from friends and family is excluded. However, if your start-up is slightly above the recommended funding level and looking for further investments and industrial exposure, you are welcome to apply.
  • Your business needs to be based in one of the Nordic or Baltic countries (Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia or Lithuania).

How to Apply?

Simply fill out the online application form and explain your company to us. 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 valuable written feedback on their application from our jury members. Take the opportunity to hear what the investors and industrial companies think about your solution!


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.

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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 is the renowned provider and promoter of Nordic cleantech. Our exclusive platform of cleantech companies offers a unique opportunity for our well-established international network of investors, industrials, real estate companies, cities, service providers and the public sector. 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 organizations. 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 Ibrahim at

Do you Wish to Contribute?

If you wish to sponsor the competition, in return we offer a gateway to the evolving and innovative Nordic and Baltic 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 Ibrahim at