Global startups tackling climate change will compete in Amsterdam this month for a chance to join Europe’s premier cleantech accelerator.

Thousands of early stage companies, from every corner of the planet, entered the 2019 ClimateLaunchpad competition. That number has now been whittled down to the 137 who will pitch for a spot on the accelerator spearheaded by EIT Climate-KIC.

“These 137 start-up teams, selected over 50 countries across the globe, represent the most promising innovations emerging from the cumulative efforts of many people in many places, guided to channel their ideas into a sense of agency and business creation for climate action. These innovations collectively will feed into a wider effort to transform systems and reach a net zero economy,” said Dr Kirsten Dunlop, CEO of EIT Climate-KIC. “The program aims to provide a global stage to future green leaders and accelerate their journey. The participants of the program are mentored for two months, and have access to our large community of coaches and entrepreneurs. I wish all participants every success and I look forward to working with them to transform our society into one which is regenerative, resilient and adaptable.”

The Global Grand Final event in Amsterdam is on 14 and 15 November. Check out the finalists.