The shortlist of the 36 companies selected to pitch their business ideas at Cleantech Innovate 2018, a showcase event for the most exciting low-carbon technologies taking place at The Royal Institution in London on 20th March 2018, has been announced today.
The annual event offers 36 of the most promising entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their game-changing, low-carbon innovations to over 350 active funders, corporates, support agencies and the media.
36 companies, the list of which can be seen here, have been hand-picked by the Cleantech Innovate 2018 Selection Committee from a highly competitive field of close to 100 applicants.
The shortlisted companies span a wide range of sectors, including transport, agri-tech, energy, waste, water generation, and air quality. As well as featuring a range of UK-based companies, the list includes innovative start-ups from Chile, Ireland, India, Switzerland, and Germany.
The shortlist comes hot on the heels of the announcement earlier this week that Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency, will be the headline partner for Cleantech Innovate UK, joining cleantech investment specialists Greenbackers Investment Capital and international intellectual property firm Marks & Clerk as partners for the event.
Members of the Cleantech Innovate 2018 Selection Committee commented on the announcement:
Charlotte Morton, Chief Executive of We Are Orchard Ltd, who are organising the event, said:
“Selecting just 36 out of close to 100 innovative start-ups who are looking to change the world was a huge challenge but one that the Selection Committee relished. We were blown away by the breadth and strength of the applications, and I can’t wait to see the shortlisted companies pitch their ideas in March to a theatre full of eagle-eyed investors looking for the next big thing in cleantech.”
Robert Hokin, Managing Partner at Greenbackers Investment Capital, said:
“As Chair of the Selection Committee, I was greatly impressed by the quantity and quality of the applications. Choosing just 36 from nearly 100 business hopefuls presented a hugely enjoyable challenge. The finalists represent a diverse range of sectors, from agritech and air quality through to transport and water treatment.
“The breadth of applications is a testament to the growing strength of the cleantech sector in the UK and beyond. As an investor myself, having just launched a new fund, I look forward to seeing these companies pitch their innovations to the greater investment community at Cleantech Innovate 2018.”
Michael Priestnall, Innovation Lead for the Energy Catalyst at Innovate UK, said:
“Innovate UK’s mission is to support UK businesses to realise the potential of innovation – to develop new ideas, technologies and business models, and to make them a commercial success. The low-carbon technology sector is showing enormous growth around the world as global markets create increasing business opportunities for UK cleantech innovators.
“We’re delighted to support Cleantech Innovate 2018, which shares our key mission to support emerging cleantech businesses in developing their ideas and winning funding, and we’re looking forward to seeing some of the most exciting, game-changing new technologies on show at the event.”
Thomas Prock, UK, German, and European Patent Attorney at Marks & Clerk, said:
“Building sustainable technology and energy systems is the great technical challenge of our time and the momentum behind the cleantech sector continues to grow. It is great to be partnering with Cleantech Innovate to help foster innovation and connect the businesses and entrepreneurs of the future with potential investors.”