Call for Applications for Startups to Feature at COP26 in the UK in the Tech for our Planet Challenge Programme 2021

Apply for the Tech for our planet challenge programme 2021 for a chance to access rapid piloting opportunities and showcase at COP26 in the United Kingdom.

Application Deadline: June 25 2021


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  • Rapid Piloting Opportunities

Successful companies will work with external partners on rapid pilots to demonstrate the value of their technology in advance of COP26. We will provide in-kind support for competition winners, including industry introductions and mentorship to ensure the pilots are as relevant as possible to government priorities.

  • Showcase at COP26

The programme will culminate with each company presenting their pilot, and the potential of their technology on stage at COP26. 

Looking to the future, innovators will work with HMG on bringing solutions to market and creating a legacy towards COP27 and beyond that will expand to include hardware and engineering solutions.


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Goals of the program

  • 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.

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About the Tech for our Planet Challenge Programme

Tech for our Plane

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. 

Tech For Our Planet is looking for innovators who are providing key digital and data technology solutions to tackle important climate challenges. If this is you, apply now to be in with a chance to pilot and pitch your solution. Applications will close June 25th.

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

Key Dates and Order of Program

  • Recruitment 

May 12th – June 25th

Innovators have six weeks to submit their application on the challenge portal

  • Selection

June 25th – July 30th

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview

Selected startups will be announced at the end of July

  • 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

  • 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

  • Legacy

Looking to the future, innovators will work with HMG on bringing solutions to market and creating a legacy towards COP27 and beyond.

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Emmanuella Igomu is a content writer at Camberene. She is a communication enthusiast currently studying Mass communication, where she majors in Public Relations and Advertising. Emmanuella sometimes doubles as a brand promoter/online marketer and hopes to intern in a public relations/advertising agency or online marketing department in the near future.

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