reede, 31. juuli 2015

ClimateLaunchpad 2015: Idea number 6 - Sympower


ClimateLaunchpad 2015 bootcamp Estonia took place in 26-28 June in an old fishervillage called Käsmu. Käsmu is located by the sea, so the atmosphere was quiet and inspirational for our participants.
Only the best 10 ideas got invited to bootcamp to get experience on how to develop their ideas to the next level.
In this post we will see an interview with the team called Sympower.


Team:
Simon Bushell
Georg Rute

1. What is your idea and how did you come up with this idea? 
Our idea is simple: Sympower’s unique smart platform changes the time of day when heating and cooling devices use electricity, saving our customers money without compromising comfort. While requiring no user input to save money, Sympower also adds a high level of controllability if desired.
By reducing the number of polluting fossil fuel plants used to meet peak electricity demand, Sympower reduces CO2 emissions now, and makes having more renewables in the electricity system much easier in the future.
We discussed early versions of Sympower while studying for a masters together. Outside of lectures, tutorials and research projects we often devised ways to change the world! During our masters we worked on another startup idea, Electrify, with a third friend from the course. After we decided to put that on hold due to current technical barriers, the ideas behind Sympower were born.

 2. How big is your team and how did you find yourselves? 
We are a team of two – Simon (CEO) and Georg (CTO). Despite there only being two of us in the team, we have a broad European perspective – between us we either come from or have lived in Estonia, the UK, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and France!
We met in London in 2013 while studying for an MSc in Sustainable Energy Futures at Imperial College. In May this year, soon after Georg started working on Sympower full time, he convinced Simon to leave his job at an Energy Services Company in London and to move to Estonia to co-found Sympower.
3.If you have to say three things, why your idea is better than the other ideas in the world then what will those things be?
1. Sympower is a shortcut to a low carbon future – the benefits it provides are as important now as they will be in 2050. 
2. Sympower makes better use of technology that is already found in everyone’s homes – no large investments into new solutions are involved.
3. Sympower saves customers money and reduces their carbon footprint without them having to make any changes to their lifestyle. 
4.Where are you seeing your idea in 10 years? 
In 10 years’ time, every household in Europe will have a Sympowered device and we will have expanded outside of Europe. In doing so, we will be saving our customers millions of euros per year on their electricity bills, we will have made a significant impact on Europe’s carbon emissions and made it a lot easier to connect more renewables to the grid. 
We will also be working in developing countries to help set up efficient microgrids using the Sympower platform and to strengthen existing, weak grids.
5.Why are you dealing with environmental problems
Time is running out to mitigate climate change, the biggest problem the world has ever faced.  We strongly believe that it is innovative business models that will solve the problem, and that at the centre of it all are people, aspiring to live more prosperous and sustainable lives. 
We are driven by the knowledge that Sympower will have a significant social as well as climate impact, both immediately and for many years to come
6.What was the best lesson or knowledge you got from ClimateLaunchpad? 
We have taken a lot away from ClimateLaunchpad so far, so picking out a highlight is not easy. 
The knowledge and connections we gained have allowed our business to progress at a rate that would not have been possible without ClimateLaunchpad.  In just a few weeks we have achieved as much as would otherwise have taken months.   
So instead, we’ll share a couple of memorable quotes that we heard at the Launchpad bootcamp and that inspired us:
“The best way to predict the future is to create it” (Abraham Lincoln, and others)
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 6 rules. Look up the video online, but highlights include: “Who do you want to be?”, “You have to break the rules. Not the law but break the rules”, “Don’t be afraid to fail” and “Sleep faster”.  

7.What is your founders dream?
A low-carbon, high-tech future in which all of humanity can live prosperously and sustainably



reede, 24. juuli 2015

ClimateLaunchpad 2015: Idea number 6 - PCO Solutions

ClimateLaunchpad 2015 bootcamp Estonia took place in 26-28 June in an old fishervillage called Käsmu. Käsmu is located by the sea, so the atmosphere was quiet and inspirational for our participants.
Only the best 10 ideas got invited to bootcamp to get experience on how to develop their ideas to the next level.
In this post we will see an interview with the team called PCO Solutions.



Team:
Magnus Lelumees
Ülar Palmiste
Madis Pärn
Ragnar Übner


1. What is your idea and how did you come up with this idea?
PCO Solutions will develop a technology that can turn the CO2 emissions into fuel. 

2. How big is your team and how did you find yourselves?
Our team is formed of four long-time friends that met in Tallinn University of Technology. We are all share the entrepreneurial spirit and ambition to have an impact by building a successful company.

3. If you have to say three things, why your idea is better than the other’s ideas in the world then what will those things be?
The difficult thing with pollution control solutions is they are very costly for the companies where they are installed, also they don’t generally improve the value adding process. Other ideas mostly only slow down the CO2 accumulation in the atmosphere by reducing the emissions, but that’s not enough because the CO2 level is approaching the critical levels. Fossil fuels - the main reason behind human-made CO2 emissions - will continue to be the primary energy source due to increasing global demand. Thus, to reverse the climate change, the solution must be carbon negative which means it has to suck out the CO2 from the atmosphere. The three things that make our proposed idea special are: (1) CO2 emissions from the industry will be seen as a valuable resource, (2) CO2-to-fuel concept can be modified to be used as a method for energy storage for renewables and (3) CO2 can be “sucked put” from the atmosphere that makes it carbon negative solution.

4. Where are you seeing your idea in 10 years?
In 10 years we plan to have our first pilot CO2-to-fuel conversion plants in operation. Strictened CO2 rules and wider public awareness about climate change create a perfect situation for scaling up the business as the need for solutions for carbon footprint reduction increase significantly.

5. Why are you dealing with environmental problems?
The burden of environmental pollution is huge. According to WHO (World Health Organization) statistics, pollution is responsible for more deaths worldwide than the most combated diseases like malaria, AIDS, tuberculosis, combined. The developing world suffers the most, because a lot of the wasteful production happens there. Even in Europe for example, the annual economic cost of only air pollution is the unbelievable € 1.4 trillion. And that is even without the impact on environment and nature. Thus, it’s obvious that the challenge is enormous. It is said that only those, who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, should do it. We believe that we are crazy enough to do it!

6. What was the best lesson or knowledge you got from ClimateLaunchpad?
The concept of beachhead market truly helps to focus on the first steps in testing the idea and business model.

7. What is your founder’s dream?

We dream about a world, where human-made pollution is not a threat to the environment and health any more. And we plan to fulfill our dream in profitable and economic way.


teisipäev, 21. juuli 2015

ClimateLaunchpad 2015: Idea number 5 - PostPal

ClimateLaunchpad 2015 bootcamp Estonia took place in 26-28 June in an old fishervillage called Käsmu. Käsmu is located by the sea, so the atmosphere was quiet and inspirational for our participants.
Only the best 10 ideas got invited to bootcamp to get experience on how to develop their ideas to the next level.
In this post we will see an interview with the team called PostPal.

 
Team:
Veiko Proos
Klemens Arro
Harry Kanistik

1. What is your idea and how did you come up with this idea? 
PostPal is on-demand courier delivery service for online stores. Idea came to use from personal frustration with current courier delivery solutions on the market. We found a way to use technology to cut the middleman and make delivery service better for everyone.

2. How big is your team and how did you find yourselves? 
Our team consists of three co-founders and we all got together on Garage48 GreenTech hackathon event.

3. If you have to say three things, why your idea is better than the other ideas in the world then what will those things be?
First of all our service is much needed on the market. Secondly we are going after one of the biggest and fastest growing industry. And lastly we are going to give a huge environmental impact by lowering gas consumption and CO2.

4. Where are you seeing your idea in 10 years? 
In 10 years PostPal is leading last mile delivery network in the world.

5. Why are you dealing with environmental problems?
We believe that building a business on right grounds is not only good for the enviroment, but is also good for business.

6. What was the best lesson or knowledge you got from ClimateLaunchpad bootcamp? 
Best lesson was about talking to potential customers.

7. What is your founders dream?
Our founders dream is to disrupt billion dollar delivery industry, expend to 10 cities in Europe by 2017 and reach valuation of 100 million by 2018.

neljapäev, 16. juuli 2015

ClimateLaunchpad 2015: Idea number 4 - EcoCoins

ClimateLaunchpad 2015 Estonia took place in 26-28 june, in an old fishervillage called Käsmu. Käsmu is located beside the sea, so the atmosphere was quiet and inspirational for our participants.
Only the best 10 ideas got invited to ClimateLaunchpad to get experiance on how to develop their ideas to the next level.
In this post we will see an interview with the team called EcoCoins.
 
Team:
Sergei Prokopov
Alseksei Prokopov
Ivan Semyonin
Natalya Semjonova
Inga Jakobson

1. What is your idea and how did you come up with this idea?
My idea is to create a new virtual currency called EcoCoins and reward people for all activities related to saving ecology and planet. With help of EcoCoins, we can create a new social trend and add gamification into this area.

It is a long story how this idea became EcoCoins. About 4 years ago I realized that I have lots of old computers, phone, notebook, tablets and other used stuff in my room and I was lazy to sell it, but same time I didn’t wanted to trash things that might serve for someone else. Thus, I decided to create a new project called FleaMarket.ee. Idea was that anyone can sell or give away from this web portal, and to make it more attractive I combined it with Dutch auction. So if I want to sell or give away computer, I set initial price at 50 EUR, and every day price goes down until zero. Any time anyone who agrees with price takes it away. If it reaches zero anyone who needs it can take free.
Then if no one takes it for free, then it means that no one needs it and it’s not time to move it to trash, but at least you gave a chance to it to have a second life.

I promoted this project through newspaper, radio, google and Facebook ads, but did not get enough people on board. Idea itself worked well, I gave out almost all my used stuff, but there were only few people who wanted to sell/give out anything. Thus, I gave up with this project.

Then my brother kicked me, showed Garage48 GreenTech event, and said that we could improve idea with old stuff exchange and build something new out of it. It was a good fit for that event as reusing stuff saves environment. I have started to build a team for Garage48 and we started to search for a new idea that could help to attract people to exchange second hand stuff. We have been looking for something to reward people when they give out second hand stuff, and something they can collect and exchange for something else, some point system.

Suddenly it came to my mind that as we are saving environment we could call our point system EcoCoins, and that idea leads to another area. We started to think what else people could do to get those EcoCoins. Thus, we created a new concept of mining EcoCoins for eco activities like exchanging second hand stuff, in exchange for old batteries, plastic, glass, paper, planting trees, using bicycle or walking work. List of activities could be huge.

With this concept, we participated in Garage48 and managed to do prototype, and applied to ClimateLaunchpad to sharpen the idea and make it real.

2. How big is your team and how did you find yourselves?
Team consist of five members from different areas. Every one adds some value to the project. Every week since Garage48 we meet together and discuss progress and what to do as a next step.

3.If you have to say three things, why your idea is better than the other ideas in the world then what will those things be?
There are some discounts for some activities but no one tried to reward people for Eco activities in a global way. There are different organizations for different activities; we want to be an umbrella for them.

Secondly, we want to add a gamification into ecology saving problem and start a new social trend, we want to people to share their achievements and compete with each other. We will reward them with different badges so it will be fun too.

Many things with recycle sign does not mean anything to most of the people or they don’t know what to do with that, we want to change that and help people to understand value of those things.

4.Where are you seeing your idea in 10 years?
My dream to make it popular as a bitcoins, but instead of wasting computer power and electricity to mine it, people will mine it by different eco actions thus improving ecology. They could buy or sell EcoCoins, and they can pay in shops with it at some point. It can be so that in order to buy something that harms ecology, like powerful cars, people have to pay with EcoCoins in addition to real money; this will create a demand in mining EcoCoiuns coins.

 5.Why are you dealing with environmental problems
I believe that planet resources are limited and we should think and act now to stop uncontrolled waste of planet resources for sake of future generation. And I have a passion to do that.

6.What was the best lesson or knowledge you got from ClimateLaunchpad?
 
After ClimateLaunchpad lessons I have started to look into our idea under different angles and now I have better understanding how to validate it and move forward.

7.What is your founders dream?
We want to issue 10 000 000 EcoCoins and have 100 000 users in our system by year 2020, and we want to make this project earning money to help to spread this idea to the world and save the planet.
Answered by Sergei Prokopov

esmaspäev, 13. juuli 2015

ClimateLaunchpad 2015: Idea number 3 - TravelLight


ClimateLaunchpad 2015 Estonia took place in 26-28 june, in an old fishervillage called Käsmu. Käsmu is located beside the sea, so the atmosphere was quiet and inspirational for our participants.
Only the best 10 ideas got invited to ClimateLaunchpad to get experiance on how to develop their ideas to the next level.
In this post we will see an interview with the team called TravelLight.

Team:
Verner Mägi

1. What is your idea and how did you come up with this idea?
My idea is TravelLight which is a rental service for clothes and travel gear. It's really hard to say how I came up with it but my studies are related to recycling and I am really interested in reducing textile waste. Clothes are seen as personal obejct but I would like to argue with that as fast fashion has made clothes just a random object. So why not rent them because when you go to holiday you mostly buy something stupid that you will wear only once anyways. Also airplanes will be lighter and don't pollute the environment that much.

2. How big is your team and how did you find yourselves?
My team is small. It is mostly me but I have asked a friend of mine to help me out.

3.If you have to say three things, why your idea is better than the other ideas in the world then what will those things be?
1) It will save so much airplain fuel that you could not imagine.
2) Traveling the world with your backpack will reach new hights.
3) Reduction of textile waste is needed in this world and now.

4.Where are you seeing your idea in 10 years?
 In ten years I would like to have rental stations in 20 airports and the reduction of textile waste at its highest.

 5.Why are you dealing with environmental problems
I love the nature and there is only one planet that we can live on. It needs saving and textile industry is the 4th largest polluter in the world.

6.What was the best lesson or knowledge you got from ClimateLaunchpad? 
How to zoom in and how to get things rolling.

7.What is your founders dream?
My dream is to make the planet cleaner and a better place to live by reducing textile waste.