Do you have a passion for the planet?

Join the challenge!

A good idea is the starting point to address the key issue of our time. But ideas without action won´t create change! We invite students and young professionals around the globe to join the Carbon Footprint Challenge 2019 to bring that action. Ideas submission is open now until July 7th.

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A challenge that make ideas grow

The Carbon Footprint Challenge is a UNITECH International initiative, enabled by its corporate partners Covestro, Bühler and Evonik as well as nine top European universities connected to the Unitech network.

We invite you, passionate students and young professionals to join the Carbon Footprint Challenge and together with us fight climate change. Bring your innovative ideas to live, join an idea team or support fellow green entrepreneurs with your knowledge and expertise.

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Take action against climate change and reduce the world’s carbon footprint

Win up to CHF 10 000 to support the realization of your idea

Receive coaching from experienced professionals from the industry and top European universities

Connect with some of the world’s most innovative companies

Be a part of a big community dedicated to reduce our carbon footprint

“Five years ago, I won a Bühler internal Innovation Challenge. I am still grateful for this great opportunity and curious to support now your ideas.”
Katharina Hilker Sustainability Specialist, Bühler
“Participation in the Carbon Footprint Challenge provides a high-pressure environment, and the support, in which to explore your ideas, your personal capabilities and your ability to bring about impactful change.”
David Ward UNITECH, Secretary General and Coach
“Participating in the Carbon Footprint Challenge 2018 was fun, adventurous, hectic and at the end of the day satisfying. It was an experience of a life time.”
Saadman Faisal Finalist, Carbon Footprint Challenge 2018

What are we looking for?

We are looking for passionate people and ideas that can decrease the carbon footprint of manufacturing, industrial processes as well as for products throughout their entire value chain. Specifically our fields of interests are following.

Sustainable Energy Sources
Sustainable Resources & Raw Materials
Carbon Sequestration Technologies

Let’s fight climate change together!

We invite you to submit your idea, join a team or support your peers by sharing your knowledge and expertise. Connect with a community of passionate innovators who want to drive change. Get training in innovation, sustainability and entrepreneurship from experienced representatives from the industry and academia that will equip you to bring your idea to life.

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02.05 - 07.07

Idea Sharing

Submit your idea, connect with fellow entrepreneurs and share your expertise by providing feedback.

08.07 - 11.07

Selection Top 25

A jury of experts will select the best 25 ideas that will advance to the next phase.

12.07 - 28.07

Idea Development

The top 25 form teams and together with the help of experts and the community further develop their ideas.

30.07. - 05.08

Selection Top 5

A jury of experts will select the 5 best teams to pitch at the final event.

06.09. - 07.09


The top 5 teams will pitch at the final event and the winner will be selected

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