What is CleanTech?“Technology is not the goal, it is the way toward sustainable global prosperity.” CTC organizing team
The Cleantech Challenge is a worldwide competition in which teams of (ex)students develop a business plan around sustainable development, aiming at the price of £10,000 in the London finals at the London Business School. The organizations AFD (Academics for Development) and AFT (Academics for Technology) from Leuven, are responsible for the selection of the Belgian team. Only one team will be selected to participate in the London finals.
Our goal is to provide students with practical experience through the development of their own sustainable project, in addition to the theoretical knowledge they’ve acquired at the university. Coming up with good and creative ideas that have potential is one thing, putting it into practice is another. In this concept, AFD and AFT want to guide these students by organizing four workshops on the following subjects: (1) business plan modeling, (2) technical feasibility, (3) financial resources and (4) pitching strategies.
In the first semester there will be two workshops planned: business plan modeling and technical feasibility. In the second semester, the participants will learn more about how to aquire financial resources and learn more about pitching strategies. These are followed by the Belgian finals in march. Here the best team, with the most promising idea and best developed business plan, will be selected to participate in the London finals.The winner goes home with the prize of £ 10,000.
AFT and AFD are looking for motivated students who want to learn how it’s like to develop, together with us, their own idea. On their way to the finals, they will be coached with different workshops and feedback. It is therefore not only a competition, but also a very instructive and practical experience for both bachelor’s and master’s programs. Students from business schools and other post-master programs are also more than welcome. The only requirement is that the idea is sustainable and can contribute to the creation of a ‘better world’. Either by Internet of Things, or by making car batteries more efficient, purifying water better, et cetera. The ideas can go into a lot of directions, let the creativity do its work! We are already very curious!
For more information, be sure to check our info-event that is scheduled on the 1st of October. The Kick-Off event, where you can look for teammembers if you do not have a team yet, or where you can just have a chat with other students with an entrepreneurial mindset, will take place at the Radiohuis in Leuven on the 5th of November.
Previous WinnersHere are some previous winners, who illustrate the many facets of CleanTech nicely and talk about their experience with the competition.
Building furniture with recycled plastic building blocks
Develop fertilization maps for farmers to predict the optimal quantity of nitrogen to use given the position in the field with the use of drones
New startup: Turbulent (since 2015)
1st place CTC 2014 Belgium
2nd place CTC 2014 London
SubC: Anchor that can actively dig itself in the sand using a hydraulic system.
Turbulent Hydro: Off-grid electricity generation through efficient hydroplants with vortex turbines.
1st place CTC 2012 Belgium
2nd place CTC 2012 London