Impact Venture Builder

We support the development of a few chosen cleantech solutions throughout the whole innovation journey: from ideation stage to market growth. We offer universities and actors in the innovation eco-system to become our partners and corporates and public entities to become founders to actively be part in picking the best ideas and engaging in their development.

About the Impact Venture Builder process

Innovation initiatives have developed and popped out everywhere over the last 10 years. Yet we need them to have more success and more impact. In order to improve the lives and well- being of people everywhere, in order to solve the magnitude of the climate change challenge, we need to focus our resources. In essence, more cooperation is needed that matches innovation skills, market development activities, customers, private and public end-user demands to develop relevant solutions. Therefore, together with the global energy utility Électricité de France and other founders and partners, we have initiated a new process, the Impact Venture Builder: This new end-to-end innovation process  is opened to various types of actors and covers the whole innovation journey, from ideation to market growth.

We join forces with our network of universities, innovation hubs, cities, industry actors and investors to optimize each step of the innovation journey and bring smart products and services to the market in a faster, more efficient and successful way. First we collect ideas, then experts (all founders, such as energy companies, real estate actors, cities, other industrial actors etc.) assess their value and pick the best ones, and finally we match the chosen ideas with talents to build diverse start-up teams that develop them further with our support.



Supporting actors

Call for customer-centered & impactful cleantech ideas

Do you want to actively engage in creating a more sustainable future?

Do you want to challenge and test your own creativity and innovative skills?

Do you have a great idea that should be put into practice?

Don’t hesitate and hand in your cleantech idea already today! We are looking for early-stage ideas that are customer-focused with a positive environmental impact. Ideas may not have a higher TRL (Technology Readiness Level) of 4 and be related to the following sectors:

  • Mobility

  • Energy

  • Circular economy

  • Recycling

  • Consumption behaviour

  • Materials

  • Water

  • Waste


Develop your idea further with new team members!

If your idea will be below the chosen ones to be developed further it will be matched with other ideas (if valuable) and relevant talents to create a strong start-up team supported by the Nordic and international network of the Impact Venture Builder. Depending on the needs, the support could be full or part-time salaries for the team members who need one, full or part-time office or lab space in Lund, Sweden, specialized expertise, tools and project expenses. The start-up team will develop the idea further and create and iterate a prototype, for six months (starting in December 2019). 

OR let others develop your idea further and win 1.000 €!

If your idea is picked but you decide to NOT BE PART OF THE TEAM working on its development you can win 1.000 €. If you have already invested resources into the idea (e.g. research-based idea), we will discuss the question of ownership on a case by case scenario.

Next steps

All incoming ideas will be assessed by the Founders of the Impact Venture Builder, who finally choose the most relevant and promising ones, starting with a first assessment in June 2019. Over the summer, further ideas are collected and continuously assessed. At the end of September, the most promising ideas are chosen and we are starting a call for talents to create diverse start-up/ project teams, which will each develop one idea further into prototyping for five to six months, starting in December 2019.

The team members will differ in background as well as in age and nationality. It is foreseen that some persons might work full-time (students during an internship…), other half-time, other part-time depending on the kind of actor, project, and situation. Support will be provided to the selected teams to help them on all aspects of innovation to business. Depending on the needs, the support could be full or part-time salaries for the team members who need one, full or part-time office or lab space in Lund, Sweden, specialized expertise, tools and project expenses.

The prototypes will then be presented to potential investors (early-stage investors, corporates, public bodies…) at a Demo Day in June 2020. If a funding is secured, the start-up can continue its innovation journey to turn the prototype into a product and finally bring the product/ service to the market(s).

Do you have any questions or comments? Please, don’t hesitate to reach out to us! We are always happy to get in contact with innovators and potential partners to the Impact Venture Builder.

Contact Charlotte Jost (Project Manager at Cleantech Scandinavia), charlotte@cleantechscandinavia.com, +46 70140 3850