How to Enter the Ideas Competition
Step 1. Register with your country's host organization.
You may view a complete list of the host countries here.
If you don't see your country listed, please let us know about your interest for future competitions.
If you are interested in being a host of a competition, please sign up here.
Once you have registered with your country's host organization, you may move to Step 2.
Step 2. Prepare and submit your idea by developing your pitch.
The pitch, whether to an investor, a potential customer, or a business partner, is the way in which way an entrepreneur conveys their product or service idea, and the value of it, in a meaningful and authentic way. During the competition, we will help you to develop a full 5-minute pitch.
Pitches may be either formal or informal, and might be delivered by different methods, from a PowerPoint presentation to a casual, impromptu conversation. Most important is to know what message you want to convey, and the audience to whom you will present this information. Those two pieces of information will help create a "success paragraph" to convey your idea, and convince your audience to say, "tell me more!"
Get Started on Your Pitch by Building Your "Success Paragraph"
To register for the competition, follow the 5 concepts below to build your "success paragraph."
- My idea is: (describe in 200 words)
- The problem my idea solves is: (describe the value proposition)
- The market for my idea is: (describe who will buy the product/service)
- My idea will have a positive effect on the environment because: (describe the environmental impact)
- My idea is a winning one because: (describe the unique competitive advantage)
Here's an example for a company that makes eco-friendly ceiling tiles out of recycled materials.
"My idea is for a new building material that uses recycled content to create a state of the art acoustical ceiling tile. In order to meet carbon emission standards, builders need new, low-emitting materials for both new buildings and those that are being refurbished or remodeled. This new product will help building contractors increase their use of utilize recycled materials in any building, while delivering an attractive, sound-absorbing ceiling tile that has no harmful emissions. The market for this product is through existing building distribution channels and is cost competitive with existing ceiling products. It is made from recycled materials, has a long life, and is fully recyclable. There are no companies currently manufacturing this type of material in the US."
Step 3. Wait for the judging to begin at the end of October.
If you are named as your country's finalist, you will make a 5-minute video which will be presented at the Cleantech Open Awards Gala in November.