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What is this all about?

The Climate Investment Challenge calls on university students from across the UK to develop and describe creative financial solutions and innovations addressing the defining challenge of our time  – climate change. This could include identifying untapped climate finance opportunities or developing innovative financial structures or instruments that improve the bankability of climate investments.

There is no single right answer. In the battle against climate change and its impacts, ideas across all sectors, topics and regions are important! 


The winning and runner-up teams will be awarded £7,500 and £2,500, respectively.  


All current postgraduates (Masters or PhD-level) studying at a UK university are eligible. The challenge is open to students from all academic backgrounds. Students will have to form teams of two to five. 

The Competition

The Climate Investment Challenge goes through three stages:

In Stage 1, your team will submit a Concept Note of your idea. If your team’s submission is selected, you’ll move on to the next stage.

In Stage 2 (the Semi-Finals), your team will be invited to develop a detailed slide pack of your idea. If your team’s presentation is selected, you’ll be move on to the final stage.

In Stage 3 (the Finals), your team will pitch your idea in front of a top-tier panel of judges from investment banking, private equity and impact investing.


Submit a Concept Note

The Concept Note will explain the financial challenge/opportunity, the climate impact, and how you plan to capitalise it. The Concept Note template can be downloaded on the “Apply” page.

Deadline: February 23, 2020



Develop a slide deck 

If your team’s idea is selected, your team will move on to the Semi-Finals.

Semi-Finalists Announced: March 9, 2020

You will be asked to develop a more detailed slide deck, expanding on your Concept Note and including financial cashflows of your idea. 

Deadline: March 29, 2020



Final Pitch to our expert panel 

If your presentation is chosen, your team will move to the Finals.

Finalists Announced: April 19, 2020

You will present your idea to an expert panel from industry and academia.
The winner will take home £7,500!

Finals Event: June 2020 @ Imperial College in London


Apply & Participate!

To participate in the Climate Investment Challenge, students must form teams of 2 to 5 graduate and/or PhD students from any UK university. Teams will then register and submit a Concept Note of their proposed idea by February 23, 2020.

The winning and runner-up teams will be awarded £7,500 and £2,500, respectively.

All finalists and semi-finalists will be invited to the Finals Event at which they will have the opportunity to connect and network with potential employers from banking, asset management, private equity and impact investing during the Climate Investment Challenge Finals reception.

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