Startup Climate Action

We want to generate new startups that are fighting climate change, and now it’s time to turn your vision into reality and unleash your potential.

What's in it for you?


Are you an entrepreneur, innovator, problem solver, or super-talent with a passion for the future of our planet? Do you have a solution, innovation, or startup that helps fight climate change? Then you should join Startup Climate Action!

Through the world-class ecosystems and networks of Sting and Norrsken and together with our amazing Climate Champions and Partners, we will offer selected ideas and teams the best imaginable support to realize your idea and dream, manifold increasing your chances of success and impact. 

Startup Climate Action offers you a unique opportunity to access Sting’s extensive experience in coaching and accelerating startups, many of which have become household names in Sweden and beyond, along with Norrsken’s ability to pack a punch and make waves in the impact ecosystem. 

Together, our knowledge and network can turn your ideas into business! 

Timeline

 
The Startup Climate Action initiative contains four blocks to accelerate the creation and growth of your idea and startup: Ideation, Deep Dive, Test Drive & Accelerator. 



You can participate in the challenge with an idea or without an idea.  The platform offers matchmaking functionality to form startup teams. If you participate with an idea you can find your team members and form your star-quality team through the platform. If you participate without an idea you can browse ideas and request to join and contribute to the ideas that you find most interesting. 

All kinds of talents and brilliant minds are needed in startup teams, so don’t hesitate! Join the challenge now to help save our planet! Take action! #ClimateAction


 




11/06 - 02/08

Ideation

Get inspired and connected

In the Ideation phase, we bring together ideas and talents and inspire you to take climate action. You can sign up with an idea or contribute to an existing idea or team.




20/08 - 13/09

Deep Dive

Refine your idea

In the Deep Dive phase, your team will receive individual coaching and an invitation to a one-day Bootcamp to help develop the startup, business model, and team.





12/10 - 23/11

Test Drive

Validate your idea

The Test Drive program is a pre-accelerator program by Sting & Norrsken where you are given the tools to test and validate your business idea.





Spring 2021

Accelerator

Grow faster and smarter

In 2021 Sting will run a dedicated Climate Action Accelerator for up to 6 carefully selected startups, providing tailored support to the most promising teams.

 

Ideation
11/06-02/08

 

Get inspired and connected

 

Submission Deadline: 02/08 23:59
Selection: 03/08-19/08

 

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About

In this phase, we bring together ideas, solutions, entrepreneurs, and talents. You can sign up with an idea or join or contribute to an existing idea/team. Already formed early-stage startups can also participate and make a submission. 

On the platform, you can present your idea and find people to build your super-star team. Through the platform, participants will receive guidance and inspiration along the way, opportunities to join sessions with experts and receive support for building strong teams.

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 Program

Invitations to online inspiration, AMA and knowledge session. 

If you participate with an idea: opportunity to find and form your dream-team to realize your idea. 
 
If you participate without an idea: opportunity to find your next meaningful adventure by joining a team with a great idea that you want to be part of realizing. 
 
Your idea evaluated by a qualified jury startup and climate experts.

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 Selection Criteria

The selection will be based on the following criteria:
 
Solution (novelty, uniqueness, feasibility, time-to-market, risk)

Impact potential (CO2e impact and other climate-related KPIs)

Team quality (experience, competence, diversity, drive, ambition)

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Rewards

The best 3 ideas for each Climate Challenge will be invited to continue to the Deep-Dive Phase.

Deep Dive
20/08-13/09

Refine your idea

Submission Deadline: 13/09 23:59
Selection: 14/09-27/09

 

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In the Deep Dive phase you will receive individual coaching and mentoring and be invited to a one-day intensive Bootcamp on 2 September to help develop your startup, business model and team.

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Program 

Invitation to a one-day intensive online “bootcamp” on 2 September with inspiration, coaching and feedback sessions.

Opportunity to join online meetings with selected Climate Champions.

Invitations to online inspiration, AMA and knowledge session exclusively for you.

Your idea evaluated by a qualified jury of startup and climate experts.

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 Selection Criteria

The selection will be based on the following criteria:

Market and business potential (size of problem, demand, viability, competition)

Solution (novelty, uniqueness, feasibility, time-to-market, risk)

Scalability (exponential growth potential)

Impact potential (CO2e impact and other climate-related KPIs)

Proof-of-concept (any initial market validation, proof-of-concept, traction)

Quality of pitch and pitch-deck

Team quality (experience, competence, diversity, drive, ambition)

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Rewards

The best idea in each of the 13 Climate Challenges will get:
 
A spot in the Climate Action Test Drive program
 
Recognition and publicity as Winner of the Innovation Challenge in that Climate Challenge
 
A personal meeting with the Climate Champion

Test Drive
12/10-23/11

Test & validate your idea

Grand Finale: 23/11

 

 

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About

The Test Drive program is a pre-accelerator training program where you are given the tools to test and validate your business idea. Theory is mixed with practice where experienced entrepreneurs and experts inspire and help you stake out your path forward. 

Sting has extensive experience from running Test Drive programs in a number of verticals, but this is the first time we have a dedicated Climate Action program and running it in collaboration with Norrsken.

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 Program

The program consists of four workshops that run in the evenings. Between meetings, tasks are given with individual coaching and mentoring from experts and experienced business coaches. It will be a hybrid online and on-site program. Teams not located in Stockholm will be able to participate remotely online.

The workshops run on Mondays 16.30-21.00 on-site at Norrsken House and online on Zoom, and the dates and themes are:

 

12 October – Startup Mindset, Testing Business Idea, Impact Assessment

 

26 October – Sales, Go-to-Market & Team Building

 

9 November – Financing, Value-Creation, Pitch Training

 
23 November – Grand Finale
 

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 Selection Criteria

The selection will be based on the following criteria:

Market and business potential (size of problem, demand, viability, competition)

Solution (novelty, uniqueness, feasibility, time-to-market, risk)

Scalability (exponential growth potential)

Impact potential (CO2e impact and other climate-related KPIs)

Proof-of-concept (any initial market validation, proof-of-concept, traction)

Quality of pitch and pitch-deck

Team quality (experience, competence, diversity, drive, ambition)

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Rewards

In the final workshop – the Grand Finale on 23 November – all teams will pitch their startups in front of a jury, and the Top 3 Climate Action Startups will be selected.

Winner #1 will qualify directly for a spot in Sting’s Climate Action Accelerator that will run for the first time during Spring 2021.

Winners #2 & #3 will go directly to the “pitch-final” for the Climate Action Accelerator.

The top 3 teams will receive office space & membership at the Norrsken House for two months for 2 members per team and an invitation to the Norrsken Impact Week.

The top 3 teams get an invitation to Sweden Sustaintech Venture Day.

Accelerator
Early 2021

Grow smarter & faster

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 About

Sting is one of the world’s leading accelerators and has repeatedly been named the Best Accelerator in the Nordics. Our 18 years’ experience from backing and scaling more than 300 startups gives you access to unparalleled skills and knowledge, which will make you feel like a serial entrepreneur even if you’re starting a business for the first time.

In 2021 we will run a dedicated Climate Action Accelerator for up to 6 carefully selected climate action startups, providing tailored support to accelerate startups that fight climate change.

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 Program

The accelerator will be an on-site program run out of Sting's office in A house in central Stockholm. It will run for 4 months, from February to June 2021, and be hybrid in the sense that some parts will be physical while others will be run online.
 
It is possible for startups not located in Stockholm to participate, but at least one founder/key person in the team needs to relocate to Stockholm during the course of the program to be able to benefit fully from the support. 

More details will follow shortly. In the meantime, you can read more about Sting here, and in our Sting Status Report 2019