BSM supports the world’s largest green business idea competition

For the third consecutive year, BSM supported green innovation as a sponsor of ClimateLaunchpad (CLP), the world’s largest green business ideas competition.

The 2018 Global Grand Final successfully took place in Edinburgh, Scotland, at McEwan Hall. The event was sold-out with 700 attendees, including the National Leads from all participating countries.

The Final was hosted by the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI), with esteemed key note speakers and jury members such as Christoph Schulte, Schulte Group shareholder representative, and Niklas Koerner, BSM Strategy Manager, present at the event.

At this year’s CLP’s Global Grand Finale, the main focus and discussions were around fixing climate change, with interactive sessions on the financial aspect and creating healthy eco systems for successful climate innovations.

CLP’s mission is to address the negative impacts of climate change by ways of innovation, invention and entrepreneurship. The annual competition brought together a community of experts who wished to encourage aspiring and promising clean-tech entrepreneurs from all over the world with training, coaching and networking.

The ever-growing competition was nationally organised in 45 countries this year, with boot camp trainings and expert coaching sessions running in 50 locations across the globe. During the national programme, the teams competed in the national finals where the winning teams were selected to represent their country at the Global Grand Final.

In partnership with Chrysalis LEAP, the organiser of CLP in Greece and Cyprus, BSM provided intense training sessions to locally competing teams. The coaches representing BSM Cyprus and BSM Greece were: Marios Panteli, Hanseatic Chartering Commercial Manager, Irene Petallides, Assistant Fleet Manager BSM Cyprus, Marios Adamopoulos, Senior Accounts Officer BSM Greece, and Despina Tsoulakis, Vetting Coordinator BSM Greece.

With 135 pitching teams competing at the Global Grand Final, the top-ten start-ups won direct access to the Climate-KIC Accelerator, a renowned business school. The overall winner was awarded EUR 10,000, the runner-up received EUR 5,000 and the third-place winner won EUR 2,500.

The participants of this competition start businesses with the potential for big climate impact. BSM, through CLP, is exploring how to truly unlock their potential in order to empower solutions to environmental challenges.

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