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 members to actively be part in picking the best ideas and engaging in their development.

Impact Venture Builder

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, we have initiated a new process, the Innovation Generator, which is a new end-to-end innovation process which is opened to various types of partners 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 (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.

Call for customer-centered & impactful cleantech ideas

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 (Smart parking, Smart charging, V2Grid, sharing charging stations, Car-sharing, car-pooling)
  • Energy (Energy efficiency, Carbon-free energy generation)
  • Circular economy/ Recycling
  • Consumption behaviour
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste

Why should you submit your idea?

  • You actively engage in creating a more sustainable future (!)
  • You challenge and test your own creativity and innovative skills
  • You proof yourself and others that you work in a solution-oriented way
  • Your idea gets (finally) visible and has the chance to be put into practice

If your idea will be below the chosen ideas to be developed further:

  • Your ideas will be matched with other ideas and relevant talents to create a strong and diverse project team supported by the network of the Impact Venture Builder. The team will be offered a full or part time office space in Lund, Sweden, to develop the idea further and create or iterate prototype, for five to six months (starting in  December 2019). 
  • 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.

What happens after submitting your idea?

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.

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).

Support to these stages will also be brought by the Impact Venture Builder together with its associated initiatives.

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.


Charlotte (Project Manager)


+46 70140 3850