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Fossil-free cement and innovative wave power win Startup 4 Climate

For the fourth year in a row, Swedish entrepreneurs have been awarded in one of Europe’s largest innovation competitions for climate impact, Startup 4 Climate. The winners of this year’s competition, startups Cemvision and Novige, convinced the jury with fossil-free, circular, and energy-efficient cement; and a combined wave-, sun-, and wind power solution, respectively. The winning companies will receive SEK 1 million each and coaching from the jury.

2023 has been a record-breaking year for the competition with 75 nominated companies and over 8 200 participants in the People’s Vote. On Wednesday evening the eight finalists pitched for a fascinated audience and a very impressed jury.

“Wave power and fossil-free cement would be two revolutionary contributions to the energy and climate transition. This year’s starting field was by far the most challenging ever, and I am incredibly impressed by the drive and competence we saw in all eight finalists. Winners from previous years have brought in multi-million investments after winning Startup 4 Climate and we believe that this year’s winners have the same bright future ahead of them,” said Johan Lindehag, member of the jury and CEO of Ellevio.


The most resource-efficient cement on the market – fossil-free, energy-efficient, and circular – is made by Cemvision and backed by Bill Gates. The innovation means that significantly less calcium oxide is needed, meaning that limestone can be omitted. Instead, Cemvision extracts calcium oxide from industrial waste. This means an 80 to 100 percent reduction in energy use compared to limestone and traditional production and entails that the process can be electrified. Cement production is one of the biggest sources of emissions in the world at around 8 percent of global emissions.


Novige’s wave power solution differs from other heavy, complicated wave power with lighter units that give a higher effect while adding solar panels and wind turbines. Novige’s wave power works like an old-school garden pump with few robust components – accessible standard components. Simple, effective, and a lot of energy for your money. The founder and CEO Jan Skjoldhammer made the first sketch of the invention 35 years ago. Hailing from Oslo and flying over waves for three decades as a SAS pilot, he is now focused on Novige and Täby. If you’re curious you can find an operational wave power unit by Svanholmen outside Lidingö in Stockholm.
“As an entrepreneur myself, Startup 4 Climate is one of my favorite things. Year after year, we in the jury get reminded of the amount of great ideas and drive there is in the long country of Sweden. And in these dark times, I feel it’s even more important to put the spotlight on climate heroes who can make a big difference and inspire each other. We hope that the award will come to good use!”  said Stefan Krook, member of the jury and founder of GodEl.

Eight of Sweden's hottest greentech companies ready for the final in Startup 4 Climate


Startup 4 Climate, the energy transition’s answer to Dragons Den with four times as much prize money as Robinson, has attracted a record number of contributions and an unprecedented interest from the public ahead of this year’s edition of the competition. Now the jury has named seven out of eight finalists with submissions covering everything from fossil-free cement, fusion energy and organic batteries, to AI for buildings. Climate gaming also gets a chance after the game Climatopia received the most votes out of 8,200 in The People’s Vote.

The eight finalists will now proceed to the final round on November 15, where they will pitch their innovations to the jury. Here you can find Johanna Mossberg from the Swedish Energy Agency, angel investor Jane Walerud, professor Lina Bertling Tjernberg, Stefan Krook who founded GodEl and Kivra, and Johan Lindehag CEO of the energy company Ellevio.

“A success factor for the climate and energy transition is new ideas, technical innovations and scalable solutions. The purpose of Startup 4 Climate is to highlight and support innovations in the energy field with measurable climate benefits, and over the years the competition has become a platform for many startups that can take the next step in their development. The climate wins when new technology, entrepreneurship, and social interest come together,” says Johan Lindehag, CEO of Ellevio and jury member.

Startup 4 Climate is founded and run by Ellevio and GodEl, in collaboration with the innovation hub THINGS and social climate network We Don´t Have

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Rekorddeltagande i innovationstävlingen Startup 4 Climate


När ansökningstiden nu löpt ut för årets upplaga av Startup 4 Climate, en av Europas största startup- och innovationstävlingar för klimatnytta och energiomställning, står det klart att intresset slår alla tidigare rekord.

– Årets upplaga har fått mer än dubbelt så många anmälningar och ett startfält som breddats ordentligt. Konkurrensen kommer att bli stenhård och superspännande, säger Anna Quarnström, tävlingsgeneral och hållbarhetsutvecklare på GodEl. 

Nu börjar omröstningen av Folkets Röst – där vinnaren direktkvalificerar sig till shortlist. 

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Ny omgång för en av Europas största tävlingar för energi- och klimatinnovationer


Efter förra årets rekordsäsong öppnar nu Startup 4 Climate, en av Europas största innovationstävlingar för start up-företag inom energi och klimat, upp för en ny omgång. 2021 års upplaga slog rekord i antalet bidrag från unga företag med banbrytande idéer för energiomställning och påtaglig klimatnytta. 2 miljoner SEK ligger i potten och den namnkunniga juryn ser fram emot att få djupdyka i nya innovationer för energiomställningen.

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2 miljoner kronor i potten för startups med idéer för klimatet


Idag startar en av Europas största innovationstävlingar inom energi och klimat, Startup 4 Climate. Tävlingen har instiftats av Ellevio och GodEl i syfte att accelerera energiomställningen. De bästa idéerna med störst mätbar klimatnytta vinner.

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Sveriges bästa klimatinnovationer har korats


Batterier av trä och virtuella kraftverk – det är Sveriges mest lovande klimatinnovationer. Det står klart efter att juryn och folkets röst utsett vinnarna i Sveriges största innovationstävling med klimatfokus, Startup 4 Climate. Vinnarna, Ligna Energy och Krafthem, utropades under prisceremonin på FN:s klimattoppmöte COP26 sent igår kväll och får ta emot en miljon kronor vardera.

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Nu har innovationerna pitchat – vinnarna offentliggörs på COP26


Sveriges största innovationstävling inom energi – Startup 4 Climate – fokuserar på unga bolag som utvecklar innovationer med mätbar klimatnytta. I år deltog 30 innovationer som tillsammans fått över 5000 röster av folket. Den 14 oktober pitchade åtta finalister sina innovationer för tävlingens jury. Vilka som vinner offentliggörs den 11 november i samband med FN:s klimatkonferens COP26.

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