A new competition will see 1,000 ‘planet positive’ businesses bid for funding from hundreds of investors with access to £100 million.

Founders of Blue Earth Summit are launching the BE100 competition, said to be Europe’s biggest pitch and scale opportunity for green and environmental innovators.

Organisers are expecting applications from startups and scaleups in climate technology, clean energy, air and water – but want to hear from all emerging business solutions in planet health. Registrations are open here.

“We all recognise that time is running out to protect our planet,” said Blue Earth Summit co-founder Guy Hayler.

“BE100 is our own direct action to find and fund businesses that are driving systemic change within their respective industries. 

“To date we have raised over £125m for 42 businesses and expect to play a role in raising £100m for businesses that are part of the Blue Earth community this year.”

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The selection process will see 30 startup finalists pitch to investors live on stage at Blue Earth Summit 2024.

Taking place at Woolwich Works in London and now in its fourth year, Blue Earth Summit will be held from 16th-18th October across 10 stages. It will gather over 5,000 innovators, startups, scaleups, global corporations, politicians, adventurers, academics, celebrities and campaigners under one roof. 

Among the 300 speakers are Dragons’ Den star Deborah Meaden, Ecotricity Founder Dale Vince OBE, Iceland CEO Richard Walker, former Minister and Trustee of the Climate Group Amber Rudd and Arctic explorer and investor Ben Saunders.

They will join representatives from a range of organisations including Virgin, Diageo, British Business Bank, Rewilding Britain and Blue Marine Foundation.

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