Cleantech Challenge 2014 – Italian Chapter

For the third year running, MIP has been selected as the Business School given the privilege of organising the prestigious ‘Italian Chapter’ of the 2014 Clean Tech Challenge, a competition intended for MBA and EMBA students focusing on the creation and design of Clean, Green technologies.
The CleanTech Challenge is an international competition primarily based in London and jointly hosted by the London Business School and the University College London Business. Participatory members of this programme include the INSEAD in France and the Vlerick Business School in Belgium, with MIP acting as the representative in Italy.
The first deadline for the submission of ideas to the competition is the 16th of February. Further information on the programme is available at
Winners of the competition will receive a prize of €5,000 and will take part in the Global Final of the competition in London, where the eventual winners will be awarded £10,000 in prize money.


5 reasons to join the European CleanTech Challenge 2013


If you are an early stage CleanTech start up and are thinking about taking part in this year’s competition, we wanted to share with you 5 good reasons why we think this is an amazing initiative for you to take part:

1. Funding

If you are a start-up looking for funding, this is really a unique opportunity to pitch to top investors (Angels and VCs) in Milan, London, Frankfurt, Paris, New York and San Francisco. Every investor Arena Meeting is attended by, on average, 75 selected investors. Many of the start-ups that went through this program in previous editions have successfully closed one or more rounds of funding. One of the finalists from last year is now incubated at 500 Startups.

2. Coaching/Mentoring

If you have already gone through start-up bootcamps in your career you might be doubtful whether there will be any value in attending yet another one. Having gone through the program ourselves, we really think there is something special about this one. The group / one-to-one sessions held by Bill Barber and his team at Maverick Angels are top quality. They really focus on helping you improve the pitch and provide some great insights on how to approach investors and fine-tune your 10 slide presentation.

3. Networking with other start-ups

You will have the opportunity to meet and bond with start-ups from different tech fields and countries. Going through each stage of the program you will meet great fellow entrepreneurs and share ideas, experiences, feedback and insights that can be extremely valuable.

4. Intesa Sanpaolo Partner Network

Being the second largest Italian bank, with a significant presence abroad, Intesa Sanpaolo reaches out to a large network of partners, service providers as well as large corporate organizations. These contacts can be extremely useful for start-ups looking to grow their business. The focus is on funding, but you will get much more out of it (media coverage, meeting potential partners, customers.)

5. Free to Join!

There is no fee to join and the submission only takes a few minutes to complete. We really think that, if selected, you will benefit hugely from the program!

If you have any question or need any further clarification, feel free to send us a message at All the best on your submission and we hope to see many of you at the first bootcamp weekend in Milan on October 12nd .

CleanTech Challenge (CTC) Deadline Approaching!

The CleanTech Challenge (CTC) is a student competition jointly hosted by London Business School and University College London Business and science/engineering students from top business and engineering schools compete in cross-functional teams. The challenge is to develop innovative clean technology ideas from the concept phase to a stage in which they would attract Series A funding or otherwise be self-sustainable … for a cleaner and greener World!

MIP Politecnico di Milano is the Business School in charge of organizing the “Italian Chapter” of the Clean Tech Challenge in 2012.
The Submission Deadline for this challenge is February 5th!