The CleanTech Challenge 2013 Boot Camp finals took place in London on 25-26 April 2013. The challenge, a business plan competition that helps students from around the world form teams and develop their clean technology business ideas, has been hosted by London Business School (LBS) and University College London (UCL) since 2009. It involves a 3-stage competition, during which participants receive guidance, feedback and mentorship from industry professionals. Ten finalist teams competed in the live "Boot Camp" finals for a £10,000 cash prize.
The winnng team this year was Power Window - comprising Koen Hooning, Gijs Van Vrede and Willem Kesteloo from Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands. The Power Window is a clean electricity producing coated window which works combining three technologies, being: Luminescence, Total internal reflection (like in an optical fiber cable) and Photovoltaics. Its efficiency scales with its transparency which can go up to about the efficiency of thin film solar cells or high-end PV solar cells, and since it can replace normal windows its integrated design makes it more cost effective than its current competitors.
The runner up team was Aerosol Control Technologies, LLC (ACT), represented by Daniel Garcia and Michael Gidding from Washington University, USA. Aerosol Control Technologies, LLC (ACT) is commercializing technology that significantly reduces particulates and other exhaust emissions from diesel engines. Michael Gidding and Daniel Garcia, recipients of a Peabody Energy-sponsored Arch Grant, founded the company around an invention developed at Washington University in St. Louis.
The ten CleanTech Challenge 2013 Boot Camp Entrants:
Aerosol Control Technologies, LLC (ACT) - Washington University in St. Louis (RUNNER-UP)
BWP Systems - INSEAD, France
EDAS - Vlerick business school, Belgium
Power Window - Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands (WINNER)
Radium Organics - Imperial College, UK and University of Oxford, UK
Shikor - University of Oxford, UK
Smart Shower - Politecnico di Milano School of Management, Italy
Turbolab - St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, Russia and Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, Russia
UM-APU - University of Michigan, USA
WaveTube - Chalmers Institute of Technology, Sweden