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What is this all about?

The Climate Investment Challenge calls on graduate students 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 £10,000 and £5,000 respectively.  


Students enrolled in a postgraduate degree (Masters, MBA or PhD-level) at the time of the submission. The challenge is open globally to students from all academic backgrounds. Undergraduate students may participate as long as the leader of the group is enrolled in a postgraduate degree. Students will have to form teams of 2 to 5 members. 


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 27, 2021



Develop a slide deck 

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

Semi-Finalists Announced: March 8, 2021

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 28, 2021



Final Pitch to our expert panel 

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

Finalists Announced: April 18, 2021

You will present your idea to an expert panel from industry and academia.

Finals Event: 27 May 2021 @ Imperial College in London


Apply & Participate!

To participate in the Climate Investment Challenge, students must form teams of 2 to 5 postgraduate students (Masters, MBA or PhD-level). Teams will then register and submit a Concept Note of their proposed idea by February 21, 2021.

The winning and runner-up teams will be awarded £10,000 and £5,000, respectively.

Note: Due to the COVID situation, the Climate Investment Challenge Finals event will be held virtually.

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