2oCamp – Develop your Climate Innovation idea in a day

  • 21 Feb 2017

Organised by UCC Climate CoLab at the Environmental Research Institute together with Sustainable Nation, the one day workshop will walk you through all the steps in developing your idea or business further. 

Globally climate change is a $85 trillion business opportunity.  Climate change is becoming a serious issue as well as an opportunity hotspot. Driven by regulation through COP21, investors are now starting to put a risk premium on non-sustainable business practices. Consumer pressure is also forcing multinationals to change their procurement arrangements making sustainability a pre-condition to become part of their value chain.

If you are an entrepreneur interested in exploring ideas that tackle climate change, or if you are a company wanting to explore the opportunities in climate change or how it will impact on your business model in the future, you should book your place on 2oCamp.


The 2oCamp is for individuals and companies that have an idea and want to explore it in more detail. Over a one-day workshop, participants will get the tools to assess their idea, develop the idea further, and begin a pitch deck for obtaining investment in their company. The methodology applied is based on a shortened version of the Climate Launchpad methodology. Our aim is to increase the awareness of the opportunities in climate change and tackle climate change through entrepreneurship.

Organised by UCC Climate CoLab at the Environmental Research Institute together with Sustainable Nation, the one day workshop will walk you through all the steps in developing your idea or business further. The workshop is free but you do need to have the beginnings of a potentially commercialisable idea.

When: Monday 6th March, 10.00-16.30

Where: Room 1.28, Environmental Research Institute, Lee Road, Cork

You can find directions to the Environmental Research Institute, Lee Road at http://www.ucc.ie/en/eri/contactus/

To book your place email h.mcmahon@ucc.ie. Places are limited and will be allocated on first come, first serve basis.


Any idea goes

Any idea goes and there are no restrictions, apart from having sustainability as part of your idea in some shape or form (one of the purposes of the day is to explore climate impact further).

The Facilitator

The workshop is based on “action learning”, is fully interactive and will be facilitated by Ron Immink, the entrepreneur-in-residence for Sustainable Nation. Ron has an extensive background in working with entrepreneurs and businesses, is an expert in innovation and strategy, speaks on the topic of business regularly and is a best selling author.

If you have any questions about the event you can contact Ron directly at 085-1006307 or ron.immink@sustainablenation.ie. See LinkedIn profile https://ie.linkedin.com/in/ronimmink

The programme for the day

10:00 Introduction

  • Climate change, a brief background
  • The business opportunities from climate change
  • Examples of ideas
  • Overview of the approach
  • The output (9 slides)
  • Explaining the workbook
  • The ideas in the room
  • The dream
  • The deal
  • The market

 12:30-13:30 Lunch

  • Idea assessment
  • Financials
  • Climate impact
  • Competition
  • The elevator pitch
  • The ideas in the room ii
  • Next steps

 16:30 End


Sustainable Nation

Sustainable Nation as part of their 2 degrees platform want to highlight this as a business opportunity and have developed a number of programmes across the enterprise spectrum from idea stage to scaling and corporate intrapreneurship. 

UCC Climate CoLab

UCC Climate CoLab is an initiative of the Environmental Research Institute, UCC to bring together internationally leading researchers to provide a platform for collaborative and integrated research enabling the transition to a zero carbon and climate resilient economy and society. It has over

100 live research projects focused on climate change ranging from climate science, climate mitigation, climate adaptation and climate transitions. 

Climate Launchpad

Should participants want to take the idea further, they can apply for the Climatelaunchpad competition, where they have an opportunity to develop their business and compete with 30 European counties. The top 3 finalists will represent Ireland at the finals in Cyprus this year. 


A wide number of other incentives are available through our link with Climate-KIC.

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