The purpose of the Environmental Innovation Awards is to promote the goals and values of ONE CREATION as an investor by supporting young companies in the early stages of their existence and to integrate them into a community.
Since 2010, the board of ONE CREATION has been successfully financing growth-stage private companies through its private equity allocation in the field of environmental innovation.
In 2023 the board of ONE CREATION recognized the need to encourage entrepreneurship at an early stage in the field of environmental innovation. The board therefore decided to allocate a total amount of 45’000 CHF as awards to be shared between three companies at an earlier development stage than it would normally consider for its own portfolio.
After being selected by a jury out of a pool of 15 finalists, the three winning companies would not only benefit from the monetary contribution, but also from the visibility of being exposed to the community of investors of ONE CREATION as well as being invited to the upcoming Building Bridges 2023 event in Geneva (Switzerland) to present and receive their awards at the gala dinner.
All finalists will be joining thereafter the ENVIRONMENTAL INNOVATION AWARD alumni community.
Environmental Innovation Themes
Candidate companies are expected to provide concrete and innovative solutions to environmental issues through the following themes :
Sustainable food and agriculture
Who can participate?
Applications are open to any company with the following minimum characteristics:
Minimum of 2 co-founders
As an entrepreneur if you want to go fast, you should go alone but if you want to go far, you should have co-founders. We prefer the latter.
Company already incorporated
Having an already incorporated company, whatever the format (including self-employed), is the first commitment towards success.
Possibly at an early-stage financing
Although the process is open to any company, we would favor nascent companies either in pre-seed, seed, pre-series A or series-A financing stages.
Solution to a concrete environmental challenge within our themes
We look for solutions that are tackling important environmental challenges within our themes.
Participants have the opportunity to gain access to a dedicated investment community focused on environmental innovations.
The 15 finalists will benefit from:
- A publication on ONE CREATION’s dedicated web page.
- A “One Creation Environmental Innovation Finalist” label.
- Participation in the ONE CREATION alumni and investor network with one event per year.
- Optional coaching session with ONE CREATION staff to prepare for the final Jury presentation.
The three winners will also receive:
- A monetary award according to their ranking.
- A “One Creation Environmental Innovation Winner” label.
- A dedicated presentation page within the 2023 ONE CREATION Annual Report.
- An invitation to present their company at the Building Bridges 2023 event in Geneva in early October and receive their award during the gala evening ceremony.
The winner will have two prize options:
30’000 CHF for an equity participation
20’000 CHF as a grant
The second prize will be 10’000 CHF as a grant.
The third prize will be 5’000 CHF as a grant. Sponsored by SIG.
Deadline for application : August 1, 2023
ONE CREATION is a B-Corp certified investment company created in June 2010 to support the development of environmental technologies through its investment portfolio. This commitment meets the conjunction of social, economic and environmental needs.
Awards ceremony to be held at Building Bridges, an international event that aims to advance sustainable finance from October 2-5 in Geneva.
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