Fresh business ideas on climate change

16.08.2018

Europe’s largest summer school: for the third time, “The Journey,” organized by the EU “Climate-KIC” initiative is stopping off in Hamburg. In just five weeks, roughly 50 participants will develop business ideas that address climate change and its effects. A total of 440 master’s students and career starters are currently touring 23 European cities.

The participants of the Climate KIC Summer School in Hamburg

The members of the Journey that started in Hamburg are using the two weeks there to learn more about the background of climate change and to gain insights into starting a business. Experts from the Cluster of Excellence CliSAP and the Center for Earth System Research and Sustainability (CEN) shared their knowledge, supported by external speakers from the Max Planck Society and the Helmholtz Zentrum and meetings with regional and succesfull green start-up founders. Trips to the German Climate Computing Center and the Startup Dock rounded out the program. Inspire, share and meet – these were the key words.

After two intensive weeks, the first drafts for business ideas are now ready. In the subsequent two weeks in Helsinki (Finland), the teams will develop these into viable business concepts and fine-tune their business projects. The final week of the Journey, in Valetta (Malta), will culminate in pitching this idea to an expert jury, which then selects a winner. The winning team and their plans for implementing the idea and starting their own business will be presented here in September.