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Climate boot camp comes to Adelaide

Some of the country’s brightest minds will connect at a climate boot camp next week to develop methods to help cities respond to climate change issues.

Climate-KIC Australia’s ClimateLaunchpad will see up to 60 teams of the most promising Australian innovators come together to develop innovative ways to respond to the climate challenge.

Fifteen teams from South Australia and Western Australia will participate in a two-day boot camp hosted by the University of Adelaide on 28 and 29 August.

Leading Dutch climate entrepreneur Frans Nauta and University of Adelaide experts will be on hand to help teams bring their ideas to market.

The competition searches the country for the most promising clean-tech solutions to the climate challenge, connecting entrepreneurs with an established business network to accelerate innovation and combat climate change on a national scale.

National winners will go on to attend the European ClimateLaunchpad Finals in mid-October 2017 in Cyprus, and gain preferential access to Climate-KIC Australia's Accelerator Program in March 2018.

Climate-KIC Australia CEO Christopher Lee said addressing climate change is the most pressing obligation our nation faces today.

“It is the bright young minds of Australia who have the potential to solve these very real global issues, they just need the opportunity and the support to get started,” he said.

“The ClimateLaunchpad is about seeking out these innovative individuals and giving them the means to turn their business ideas into mobilised climate action.”

Australia’s ClimateLaunchpad competition is presented by Climate-KIC Australia, a public-private innovation partnership launched earlier this year that aims to finding solutions for climate mitigation and adaptation. The South Australian Government and the University of Adelaide are founding Core Partners in Climate-KIC Australia.

Image Caption: ClimateLaunchpad will connect innovators and entrepreneurs with mentors who can help them develop their climate solutions and take them to market.

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