Digital solutions for climate challenges

The Tech For Our Planet challenge programme is an exciting new opportunity for startups to pilot technology that will help us reach our net zero targets. The best startups will have the chance to showcase their solutions on the international stage at COP26. 

This challenge programme is an initiative run in partnership between the Cabinet Office and PUBLIC to explore and showcase how digital and data solutions can make a major and essential contribution to the global climate effort.

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Programme Phases

  1. Recruitment 
    May 12th – June 25th
    Applications are now closed
  1. Selection
    June 25th – July 30th
    Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview
    Selected startups will be announced at the end of July
  1. Rapid Pilots
    August 1st – October 30th
    Once the companies are selected, they will work with external partners on rapid pilots to demonstrate the value of the technology in advance of COP26
  1. Showcase at COP26
    November 1st – 12th
    As a culmination of the programme, each company will present their pilot and the potential on an international stage at COP26
  1. Legacy
    Looking to the future, innovators will work with HMG on bringing solutions to market and creating a legacy towards COP27 and beyond.

Our goals:

  • Convene industry, investors, and more to develop and pilot innovative solutions to some of our most pressing challenges to bring net zero visions to life
  • Inspire hope among communities to encourage behaviour change and a new generation of climate innovators
  • Showcase the best of entrepreneurship and create export opportunities for cutting-edge companies 
  • Encourage innovative technologies to tackle key climate challenges identified, for a better future in the UK and around the globe

Contact us

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