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The Australian eChallenge Climate Response

Responding to human induced climate change will take urgent and renewed innovation and creativity that delivers significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions while strengthening the world’s economies, communities, and environs. South Australia is leading the world in many areas of climate response with the Lord Mayor of Adelaide, Martin Haese, believing that Adelaide is set to become a “showcase for the uptake of renewable and clean technologies and for embracing opportunities of responding to climate change”.

In 2015 history was made when the nations of the world came together in Paris after 21 years of discussion and negotiation to agree to the first truly global response to climate change. After leading the UNFCCC team to support this process since 2009 Christiana Figueres declared in June 2017 that, "The fact is the decarbonisation of the global economy is underway, it is inevitable, and it is by now unstoppable".

Innovation is the Key

The global response to climate change will see significant economy wide changes that affect all sectors and as such this presents a rapidly expanding field of opportunity. However, given the ballooning global interest in this area entrepreneurs will need to move quickly. The Australian eChallenge Climate Response program has been designed specifically to support entrepreneurs to bring to market the low carbon innovations of the future.

The University of Adelaide is associated with ClimateKIC Australia, a knowledge innovation community with the purpose of helping to bring innovative climate change solutions to market. Participants of the eChallenge program will be eligible to participate in a number of ClimateKIC events and programs.

The Program

The Australian eChallenge Climate Response is run by the Entrepreneurship Commercialisation and Innovation Centre (ECIC) at The University of Adelaide and has stimulated entrepreneurship in Australia since 2001.

The Australian eChallenge provides a proven teaching and learning environment;

  • that exposes participants to the world of commercialisation,
  • entrepreneurial leadership,
  • entrepreneurial strategy development,
  • strategic business planning, and
  • venture financing

The Australian eChallenge is based on the development and submission of a comprehensive strategic business case for the development of an early stage entrepreneurial venture. Participants pitch their opportunities to panels of potential investors from the local business community.

It is a program where entrepreneurial teams compete for prizes and the prestige of being nominated the most outstanding Australian eChallenge entrepreneurial venture for the year.

Program Benefits
  • The development of new ventures
  • Creation of new products, services, or processes
  • Discover innovative ways to engage with existing, emerging, and new markets nationally and/or overseas.
  • Build skills that increase entrepreneurial capacity within your business
  • Participants can count this program towards a degree with The University of Adelaide


First prize is $10,000 in cash

What to do next?

Register below or enrol as a University student, for more information contact

Registration For 2017 Now Open

Australian Entrepreneurs' Challenge
Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation
and Innovation Centre

Level 5, Nexus 10 Building
10 Pulteney Street
The University of Adelaide


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F: +61 8 8313 7512
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