Open Call for Challenges

The Climate Vertical (TCV) is inviting challenge owners to share with the community the climate challenges they are currently facing. We are bringing together startup teams, specialists, corporates, public administration to join forces and solve the climate challenges.


  • Collect Challenges
    4th May – 15th May 2021
  • Select top challenges
    15th May 2021 - ClubHouse Event
  • Call for solution builders or providers:
    15th May – 6th June 2021
  • The Hackathon
    14th June – 18th June 2021

Context / Background

We designed the journey with 4 main steps:

1. Identifying the climate challenges

2. Matchmaking between the challenge owners and community members (startup teams, experts, specialists, climate enthusiasts) interested in solving that challenge and committed to fight climate change.

3. Hackathon for developing solutions to solve the selected climate challenge

4. Follow-up support for 6 months to materialize the solutions

TCV is currently inviting Climate Challenge Owners to engage and share the challenges with the community.

Q & A
1. What is a Challenge?

For this open call, a Challenge should be understood as any particular problem, issue, topic or obstacle related to climate change or affecting the environment. Here are some examples of climate changes topics that a challenge owner can register to this call: Water Quality, Air Pollution, Waste Management, Deforestation and Land Degradation, Chemical and Toxic Emissions, Dispersion of Clean Energy Technology, Resource Management.

But please note that these are only some examples and challenge owners can register with any issue linked to climate change. We are interested in learning from the community what other challenge categories should be considered.

2. Who can apply / Who is a Climate Challenge Owner?

A challenge owner can be anyone from the following:

  • SMEs
  • Corporations
  • Public Authorities
  • Universities
  • Policy makers
  • NGOs Climate enthusiasts
  • Any other person or team that has identified a climate change issue

All applicants must be open to collaboration with startups and TCV community members to identify & prototype potential solutions to address the selected climate challenges.

3. What are the benefits for the Climate Challenge Owner?
  • Gain access to startup teams, experts and develop a bespoke solution from Startups that address your climate challenge
  • Gain access and develop new partnerships with other challenge owners interested in solving the same challenge or a similar one
  • Minimize time and risks by obtaining relevant input and help from TCV community
  • Learn & explore different solutions to tackle the challenge and discover new approaches.
  • Accelerate your solution prototyping,
  • Visibility through TCV digital channels, events and community
  • Make the world a better place!
4. How will TCV support the Climate Challenge Owner?
  • Lead the search, identify and select the right Startups for your challenge
  • Support in the identification and framing of a suitable challenge topic and make it understandable to the Startups or experts in the market
  • Support in building the solution from TCV partners
  • The possibility to participate in TCV next programs and receiving financial support to tackle the challenge.

Check our next programs for solving the challenges

The next programs by The Climate Vertical are the organic steps to build sustainable solutions with and for the community.
Submit your climate challenge, until May 10th 2021.
Next step: in June, we invite you to join the Hackathon where the ecosystem will come to help you solve the challenge.