The CleanTech Challenge in 3 steps

Before you submit your proposal please read all the instructions carefully. Like the CTC page on Facebook HERE to get the latest updates. For any questions feel free to ask the CTC management team
All you have to do is to register your project team and give a small but reasonable description of your idea. This can be in form of  video, power point presentation or text. Please be sure that you have answered all the questions
Dont forget to become part of the CTC community to get the latest information, find partners & meet CTC partners. There you will also find all information needed to participate in CTC 2017. Best winning entries will present their solutions to business & innovation experts, investors and potential customers.

About ”CleanTech for Sustainable Cities 2016/17”

For the first time in history, the majority of people live in cities, and the urban population continues to grow. This has created a great need for more efficient, sustainable, and smart city solutions.un_sustainability-goals

The CleanTech Challenge is at the forefront of the development of clean, sustainable and affordable solutions applied to sustainable and smart cities. In many cases the cutting-edge solutions are developed within small or medium-sized enterprise, others by individuals andvisionaries and others by sustainability enthousiasts. All these groups of people, we the CleanTech Challenge team, welcome to participate in the most renown sustainability innovation competitions of the region, ”CleanTech Challenge – CleanTech for Sustainable Cities”.

The goal is to discover solutions which can make our society a better living place, and at the same time help it reach the UN 17 Sustainability Goals. We believe that Innovative sustainability solutions, technologies, services but also an innovative thinking are the main ingredients to reach these goals!


The event plan of the CleanTech Challenge (e.g submission,evaluation, prize ceremony) is common for both the academic and start up tracks and goes as follows:


Competition tracks

This year CleanTech Challenge will follow two independent tracks.

  • the student & academic track: where winners will represent Swedish & Scandinavian academia to the Global CleanTech Final in London . (The Eurovision of CleanTech Challenge as someone said) . There they will have the opportunity to meet international investors, get feedback, gain new experiences and see where they stand among other renown Knowledge institutions as Harvard University, MIT, Imperial College, London Business School etc

  • the start up track: where the 10 best selected small enterprises and start ups for 2017 will be invited to an Open Innovation CleanTech event in Sweden (Uppsala) in June 2017,where they will get the opportunity to present their ideas ,meet potential costumers and target new investors.


Focus areas :

The 7 focus areas of ”CleanTech for Sustainable cities 2016-2017” are:


  • Clean and sustainable energy solutions (including monitoring & ICT)…

  • Urban resource efficiency and city’s circular economy…

  • Sustainable transport and housing…

  • Natural and ecosystem services…

  • Buildings and infrastructure that supports recycling…

  • Intersectoral collaboration and integrated system solutions

  • Habits (behavioural chance) & Well Being – innovative wellness solutions, healthy and safe environments, integration ideas and welfare etc.

CTC Community

Join CTC online community, meet other contestants, and find information on how to register for the CleanTech Challenge competition!


CTC Community

Winning solutions & prizes


Thanks to our new partners CleanTech Challenge organisers will provide to the best-selected submissions (both academic/student & start ups) cost free assistance by experts (CTC partners) on business development and innovation management but also provide advice on exposure to international markets (e.g Europe, Asia, Africa and South America)

The submission process will be the same for the two tracks. The final evaluation score however will be different for the two submission categories. The sudents/academics will be evaluated together and the start ups together.Best 10 entries of both tracks, (not only winning entries) will gain international exposure and get invited to our CleanTech Event in Sweden, (Uppsala) where they will have the opportunity to present their ideas , meet potential costumers, and investors.

Taking part in CleanTech for Sustainable Cities you can find a step to take your ideas and solutions off the ground, become stronger, achieve synergies, and open the door for exports to new markets with high growth potential. Are you ready for it?


  • Trip to London, and chance to win £10,000 cash (120 000 SEK)

  • Contacts with international investors & get international experiences participating in the the Global CTC Innovation competition

  • Internship with a CTC partner.

  • Invitation to the final CleanTech event in Sweden.

  • Official certification of participating in CleanTech Challenge.

  • Possibility to sell their solutions

  • Check with export possibilities

  • Mentoring and coaching by CleanTech partners

  • Contact with CleanTech Investors!

  • Invitation to the final CleanTech event in Sweden



Main Partners for CleanTech for Sustainable Cities 2016



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CleanTech challenge is one of the most sound events in the region which creates new ground and opportunities in the cleantech sector!

Read carefully the instructions of how you submit your project idea or how you can participate in the event here!

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