Naturacem, Grenohware and Safari Gas set to attend ClimateLaunchpad Global Grand Final in Scotland

September 3, 2018

The inaugural green business ideas demo day for green and eco-entrepreneurs ClimateLaunchpad Malaysia jointly run by Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre (MaGIC) and Malaysian Green Corporation Technology (MGTC), held in partnership with ClimateLaunchpad 3 National Champions selected to participate in the Global Grand Final in ScotlandMalaysia, 27 August 2018 - Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre (MaGIC) hosted Malaysia's first ever ClimateLaunchpad national finals which saw nine (9) startups going head-to-head to pitch for a fully-paid three-night (3) stay spot at the Global Grand Final in Scotland which will take place from 1 - 2 November 2018. ClimateLaunchpad Malaysia is an inaugural initiative aimed at cultivating innovative green and sustainable business ideas in Malaysia. Launched by MaGIC, Malaysian Green Technology Corporation (MGTC) and ClimateLaunchpad, the world's largest and smartest green business ideas competition, the programme seeks to find and foster the best green or eco-business ideas and help build these ideas into commercially-viable and scalable businesses. ClimateLaunchpad is part of the entrepreneurship offerings of EIT Climate-KIC. Climate-KIC is supported by the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union. With a shared mission to unlock the potential of green ideas, the three partners have come together in this initiative to help push the green agenda in Malaysia, raise awareness and encourage more startups to focus their solutions on pressing issues such as reducing carbon emissions or plastic consumption. Over the past 6 weeks, participants were put through specially tailored coaching sessions, deep diving into core topics of Customer Value Proposition, Market, Product, Financials, Climate Impact, Competitive Advantage and Pitching. Further, participants were also taken through discussions on business model development, Peer-2-Peer learning, and Entrepreneurs' shared experiences, after completing a two-day bootcamp. The demo day kicked off with a welcome note from Ashran Dato' Ghazi, Chief Executive Officer of MaGIC and opening remarks from Dr Mohd Azman Zainul Abidin, CEO of GreenTech Malaysia. The panel of judges included Tuan Syed Ahmad Syed Mustafa, Chief Operating Officer of GreenTech Malaysia, Zafuan Kassim, founder of Low Carbon Solutions and Aditya Tuli, Executive Director at MaGIC. Ashran Dato' Ghazi, Chief Executive Officer of MaGIC, said: "The innovative ideas pitched today is evidence that there are Malaysians out there who have high-potential groundbreaking solutions to address today's environmental existing pain-points in a sustainable and ecological way. Congratulations to the winners today! I hope that you will do your country proud in the global finals. I urge all the participants of ClimateLaunchpad Malaysia to continue refining, tuning and nurturing your idea into an impact driven enterprise that positively impacts the environment and plays a larger role in accelerating our nation's journey towards achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals."Dr Mohd Azman Zainul Abidin, CEO of GreenTech Malaysia, shared: "We hope this program would help spur the development of Green Economy and we are able to facilitate and create opportunities for local innovators to practice low-carbon future and to cultivate a Green Lifestyle. We also want to unlock Malaysia's potential in Green Businesses, to develop successful entrepreneurs for the green sectors and to provide avenues for green jobs in the market. This programme is expected to create positive impact to the Rakyat as well as to steer the green industry in line with the Green Technology Master Plan (2017-2030)."The programme received over 40 applications. Out of which, 15 were selected into ClimateLaunchpad Malaysia to gain industry insights and expertise to grow their business, develop crucial skills, and build relationships with key industry players.The winners are:1st place: Naturacem - An idea for eco-friendly cement that is cost efficient and reduces carbon footprint.2nd place: Grenohware - A startup that turns agricultural waste (oil palm fronds) into 100% compostable cutlery and food packaging.3rd place: Safari Gas - Uses eco friendly materials to produce Liquefied Petroleum Gas cylinders.The three (3) winners were selected based on six (6) criteria: 1. Business or Market Potential, 2. Job Potential or Social Impact, 3. Innovation or Technology Potential, 4. Climate Impact, 5. Strength Management Team and 6. Quality of Pitch. The winners selected today will be in Scotland to pitch their solution for a chance at a direct access to the Climate-KIC accelerator worth 95,000 investment in-kind.Among the innovative solutions pitched during the national final include: EPC Blockchain- Leverage on the benefits of blockchain to keep track of energy savings and energy generation projects to enable the aggregated monetization of carbon credits. Batik Treatment System- Provides efficient and economical treatment for batik textile wastewater containing high levels of silicate and organic pollutants using a 3-step treatment process. Freeceipts- A blockchain solution that eliminates the usage of paper receipts.Projek30- An innovative solution that uses IoT And Big Data Analytics to reduce food waste. Victory Farm- Provides Rooftop Vertical Urban Farming solutions for commercial and home usage. - ENDS -ABOUT MALAYSIAN GLOBAL INNOVATION & CREATIVITY CENTRE (MaGIC)MaGIC enables and supports the sustainable growth of entrepreneurship in Malaysia. Our goal is to drive sustainable ecosystem development through innovation, as well as create value and new economic drivers for Malaysia. We help entrepreneurs at every stage of their journey by collaborating with other government agencies, industries, and community stakeholders. To build our nation's creativity and innovation skills as well as grow talent, we offer dynamic programmes and capacity-building initiatives. MaGIC is also working to position Malaysia as a gateway to Asia for entrepreneurs to expand their business and reach. Social entrepreneurship is a key focus for us; we aim to drive the movement forward through community engagement, capability development, and social impact measurement initiatives. For more information on MaGIC, please visit ABOUT MALAYSIAN GREEN TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION (MGTC)Malaysian Green Technology Corporation (GreenTech Malaysia) is a government agency under the purview of the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology & Water (KeTTHA), charged as the leading organisation in spearheading green technology for green growth & sustainability in Malaysia in line with the Green Technology Master Plan (GTMP 2017-2030).For more information, please contactHazel Hassan, (019 217 8191)Reshmi Haran, (019 3220 880)Aneita Pandian Abdullah,