Enhancing clean-tech scalability: Prototyping workshop for innovative startup support

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Various cleantech start-ups provide innovative technologies and business models to effectively tackle climate change. However, cleantech start-ups across the world face a variety of challenges that threaten their sustainability and scalability, thereby hampering their ability to generate measurable impacts. Small and growing enterprises are often confronted with difficulties in accessing sizable markets, attracting talent and obtaining tailored finance. Access to technical or business expertise and adequate infrastructure can also be an obstacle, as can compliance frameworks or policies and mind-sets which are unsupportive of entrepreneurship or do not acknowledge the need for environmental preservation.

adelphi has been assigned by the Provadis School of international Management & Technology and the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) Climate Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) to support the development of innovative and tailored project ideas to accelerate cleantech start-ups in nine European countries (Bulgaria, Cyprus, Estonia, Latvia, Malta, Portugal, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia). adelphi facilitated a participatory workshop, engaging support organisations from the above-mentioned countries to prototype project ideas based on a collaborative, user-centred approach.

adelphi developed and applied a project prototyping methodology which facilitates the design of innovative project ideas, meeting the need of their target groups and building upon collaboration, co-creation, experimentation and transparency.

During the prototyping workshop, organisations supporting clean-tech start-ups developed tailored and customised approaches that systematically tackle the above-mentioned challenges faced by clean-tech start-ups in their efforts to grow and scale while also discussing these with their peers.