Five finalists, with five totally different inventions to reduce global CO2 emissions. With pleasure and pride we present the start-ups who are still in the running to win the grand prize of 500,000 euro in cash.

Our first finalist is ARED, a Rwandan start-up that developed a mobile solar kiosk, to bring low-cost connectivity and energy services to millions of Africans. With the African energy consumption expected to have tripled by 2030 this can be a huge step forward.

ARED portret Henri Nyakarundi

From the Netherlands, Lightyear. A start-up that is working a fully solar-powered car and therefore isn't relying on the infrastructure of charging stations to travel. This solution can be the breakthrough for electric driving worldwide.

Lightyear 2

Our third finalist is the France start-up Glowee who created a biological source of light, using natural properties of marine micro-organisms. The company was founded after the French government prohibited the illumination of non-residential buildings at night.


Also from Rwanda is EarthEnable, a company that offers a sustainable and affordable alternative for cement to replace dirt floors which are a major cause of disease, discomfort and indignity. Cement has a huge carbon footprint, with over a billion people worldwide still living on dirt floors their potential to is huge.


Last, but not least, Pond. A biotech company from Denmark, specialised in transforming products into fully bio based and biodegradable solutions. Existing composite processing can be applied which allows painless substitution of conventional resins. Is this the end of plastic?

Thomas Pond

Winner to be announced during the final on 14 September
The five finalists will attend the final in Amsterdam on 14 September. Here they will pitch their business plans to an international jury, the press and the public. Follow the final live via our live stream on

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