CleanTech Challenge Belgium

Welcome to the CleanTech Challenge


The CleanTech Challenge is a free global business plan competition for ideas related to clean and durable technologies (CleanTech).

For Who?

Students from all universities and colleges in Belgium can apply. This includes Bachelors, Masters and PhDs, local and international students.


The Belgian competition is hosted in Leuven by AFT and AFD.


The CleanTech Challenge kicks off on October 17th and concludes in London in April 2018.

Tell me more!

The CleanTech Challenge is a free global business plan competition that helps students from across the globe form teams and develop their clean technology business ideas. The competition runs from October 17th to April 2018. Participants receive guidance, feedback and mentorship from industry professionals to get you all set up for the Belgian Final! The best Belgian team wins a trip to London to compete in live “Boot Camp” finals in London for £10,000 in cash.

Timeline of Events

Check again soon for an updated schedule!

17/10: Kick-off Event

Want to hear how last year’s participants experienced the CleanTech Challenge? Haven’t found a team yet? Want to meet the other teams? Need some ideas for your project? Meet us on the kick-off event!

Our team

This year the CleanTech challenge is organized by AFT Leuven and AFD Leuven.

The goal of AFD, or Academics For Development, is to offer students the possibility to have a social impact in a durable and meaningful way, by offering them the opportunity to contribute to real life issues in developing and developed countries.

The mission of AFT, short for Academics For Technology, is to promote technological entrepreneurship among students.

Together we can offer students a unique combination of entrepreneurship, technology, durability and social impact. Therefore we form the perfect team to organise the Belgian rounds of this global business plan competition about clean technology!

Céline Verjans

Céline Verjans

AFT Cleantech Manager

Roelof van Hoef

Roelof van Hoef

CleanTech Coördinator

Dominique Zandbergen

Dominique Zandbergen

AFD Cleantech Manager


Last year’s winner was Demetex from Louvain-la-neuve. They represented Belgium in the global finals in London and went home with the main prize: a 10000£ check.

Demetex’s idea is to offer to farmers fertilization maps allowing them to know the optimal quantity of nitrogen to use given the position in the field. With the use of drones, we can collect pictures of the fields and then treat them to offer a diagnostic to farmers. Thanks to the diagnostic maps, the farmers make economies and reduce their impact on the environment.
The Cleantech Challenge has been a great opportunity for us. It allowed us to gain visibility for our projet and to broaden our network. The workshops were really interesting. We had the chance to have great mentors coming from the cleantech sector. The Belgian CleanTech team has been very supportive during the contest in London. They organised everything so that we could concentrate on our work.


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