The Women4Climate Tech Challenge is an international contest open to women designing innovative, climate-focused tech solutions. C40 supports the innovation community by driving action in cities and promoting sustainable women-led projects. Complementary to the Women4Climate Mentorship Programme, the key goal of the Tech Challenge is to pilot concrete solutions with a measurable impact in cities.
Through the Tech Challenge C40 provides innovators and entrepreneurs with access to urban experimentation. Our support is custom-designed for each solution, depending on the project’s level of maturity and its needs: acceleration, incubation, residence within the city, co-design of experimentations with citizens and users.
The first edition of the Tech Challenge took place this year, hosted by the cities of Paris and Tel Aviv-Yafo.
First edition highlights
The first ever edition of the Tech Challenge took place across 2018 and 2019. We received 105 applications, which got rated by a team of C40 experts. The 26 best applications were submitted to an external jury, who selected ten finalists in December.
The finalists pitched their projects to a panel of mayors and senior city officials in Paris on 20th February, ahead of the annual Women4Climate Conference. The winners chosen by this panel, Elodie Grimoin, co-founder of Urban Canopee and Inna Braverman, founder of Eco Wave Power, are now receiving assistance from C40, our partners and cities in the next phase of experimentation and implementation.