Cleantech Awards in London

Clean technology or cleantech is one of the UK's most dynamic sectors. This growing sector is estimated to be worth more than £120 billion and employ nearly one million people in the UK. A number of award events are organised each year in London to celebrate innovation and showcase achievements in the sector. The following are some of the major awards handed out to the sector's leaders and innovators.

New Energy & Cleantech Awards

First organised in 2008, the New Energy & Cleantech Awards recognise entrepreneurs, investors, companies and others who play a pivotal role in shaping the future of green energy and cleantech industries. Award categories include Innovator of the Year, New Energy Champion and Company of the Year. Other awards celebrate leading university spin-outs, advisory firms, financiers, retailers and developers.

The New Energy & Cleantech Awards attract more than 300 CEOs, directors, entrepreneurs, venture capitals and financiers, and others. The event is also a large scale networking opportunity and includes a conference that explores exciting developments in the energy and cleantech sectors.

Cleantech Innovate

Cleantech Innovate is held annually in London and Scotland. Leading businesses pitch their ideas at the event in a bid to win the Climate KIC Award. The winning team is assessed on the strength of their innovation, climate impact, the scalability of the idea, the team and the prospects of market success. Previous winners have included Rezatec, Straw Fuels and Q5. First staged in 2013, the event also includes a networking lunch and evening reception.

During the event, some 40 growth-oriented and venture-ready technology companies based in the UK present live in London. Pre-selected companies include firms with corporate research and development backgrounds, university and science park spin-outs, and entrepreneurs with privately developed technology. The event attracts a diverse audience that includes investors, corporate buyers, media and dealmakers including law firms and accountancies. A showcase for cutting-edge technologies, the event is organised by ecoConnect.

Ashden Awards

The Ashden Awards were established in 2001 and celebrate excellence in green energy. The event regularly attracts high profile speakers, including former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, Prime Minister David Cameron, HRH Price Charles and Sir David Attenboroguh. Awards are handed out in several UK, international and sustainable travel categories, including the overall UK Gold Award and International Gold Award. Recipients often develop solutions that reduce and manage demand for energy, including smart grid technology, renewable energy generation and energy storage. In addition to prize money, award winners receive customised support to assist with developing their ideas and accessing new networks.

The annual awards ceremony is held at the Royal Geographical Society in London. The event attracts business leaders, academics, investors, professionals, media and others. The Ashden Awards coincides with the Ashden Conferences and other events that showcases the work of award winners. The week-long programme of events also provides opportunities to discuss challenges related to creating a low-carbon future. Ashden is a charity that promote and supports pioneers in sustainable energy. The organisation plays an important role in accelerating the transition to a low-carbon world.

CleanTech Challenge

The CleanTech Challenge is organised by the London Business School and University College London. The international business plan competition is open to innovative clean technology business ideas, helping students create viable start-ups. Teams compete in three rounds for a £10,000 prize. The competition culminates with a two-day boot camp final in London. Participants include business and engineering students, who are mentored by industry leaders in cleantech and related sectors.

The gruelling competition typically draws 200 entries from around the world. There are also four companion national competitions in Belgium, France, Italy and the Netherlands where national winners are selected for the international finals in London.