Climate Solutions Contest

30 000 to share between the finalists!

The Climate Solutions Contest rewards each year startups and SMBs for their innovation that
facilitate the green and blue transition, transform businesses, industries and ultimately our
society. The initiative is supported by Les Echos Le Parisien.

Three prizes will be awarded to the following impact solutions heroes:

Rewards the impact startup of the year that demonstrated its ability to develop a viable and responsible business model and innovation.

Rewards the impact SME/SMB of the year that commited to transition sustainably and implemented an ambitious CSR policy.

Rewards the most promising initiative valuing water. This special prize recognises an innovative solution that protects and preserves aquatic ecosystems (SDG 6 and 14).

The selection process

A judging panel composed of 5 experts will review each project
according to the following criteria:


Postive impact


Innovative characteristics of the solution


Business model
viability and target
market relevancy


Project structure


Team experience

Jury members will score each criteria from 1 to 5, and a score over 25 will be
determined. The organisation assessed with the best score will be awarded.

The awards

The 9 finalists will be invited to the WIS, and have the unique opportunity to be featured throughout the summit:


Speaking opportunity at the WIS

Each selected solution will have the opportunity to deliver a pitch on the Climate Solutions Stage (5 minutes) which will also be broadcast on social media, and the winner will be featured 20 minutes on the main stage.


A cash prize of € 10 000

The winner of each award will receive a cash prize of € 10 000.


A booth within the Climate Solutions Centre

Each selected solution will have a booth at the heart of the event.


PR boost

Each selected solution will be presented in the WIS press kit distributed to the 80+ journalists accredited.


A complimentary fundraising campaign

The winner of each award will benefit from a complimentary fundraising campaign operated by Solylend’s crowdlending platform.

The jury

The calendar



WIS 2020 winner – Start Impact Awards

AUUM is is one of the few WIS 2020 winners.

The company develops a cleaning tool that limits the use of single-used cups in coorporate environments.


WIS 2020 winner – Start Impact Awards

Biostart develops a BioFilter: an innovative solution for water cleaning and filtering to fight against the micro-polluants.


WIS 2020 winner – Impact Up Awards

SMAAART recognised the carbon impact related to production of new connected materials Their mission is to refurbish smartphones and give mobile devices a second life to rduce the industry’s environmental impact.


WIS 2020 winner – Special Prize: Biodiversity

Tous aux abris ! is an NGO in charge of organising educational workshops and collective action to inform and raise awareness on the conservation of our living environment.


WIS 2019 winner

Umoja is an African brand that combines traditional know-how and innovation in the textile industry to bring green alternatives to a grey market.