Spotlight Edition 2021

Move and move others with you. Win 100,000 Swiss francs for your idea that activates people for the climate.

For the first Clima Now Spotlight, we are looking for great ideas that move people to positive action. The goal: You and your peers take action against climate change. You inspire as many people as possible to do the same. To make this happen, we provide financial support for the three best ideas.

It doesn't matter if you transfer knowledge, promote activism, make a difference with gamification, create natural ecosystems or if you reach others through a product or social gatherings. Anything is possible that inspires others. The key question: How can up to 100,000 people be activated for the climate?

Do you already have your idea ready? Then go ahead and fill out the application form.

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Clima Now awards a total of 175’000 Swiss francs to the three winning projects. The prize money is supplemented by Clima Camp modules. In addition, we will finance a professional coaching for a year for the winner idea. This is powered by our partner One Planet Lab.

Take your chance! We are looking especially for people with visions who have not yet managed to implement all of their great ideas. Do you have a big idea that has only reached people on a small scale? Or a dream how you can inspire other people to more climate sustainability? Then you are in the right place under our spotlight.

Your road to success

The Spotlight process

1. Submit idea

Ideas can be submitted via our application form until the end of September 2021. Describe yourself and your vision and fill out our Mission Model Canvas (Word | PDF). The document helps to capture important aspects of the project.

In order to present your idea on our website adequatly, please send us some pictures of you or your team – and if you want to increase your chances, also a short introduction video. Afterwards our jury will check which ideas will make it to the next round.

2. Public Voting

Fame to whom fame is due. All ideas that have been approved by the jury will be showcased on our website. On our Wall of Fame, all ideas get their own place and can be evaluated, discussed and shared by the public. And there will be a public voting: Visitors have three votes each and the crowd decides who makes it to the final Pitch Night. Fingers crossed!

3. Pitch Night

The seven winners from the public voting will take the stage at the Pitch Night in December 2021 in Zurich. Who will impress the jury and the audience in the room and online? Everyone gets seven minutes to pitch their idea in the spotlight.

In a followed online voting, the three best ideas will be awarded. Those who make it through the last round with flying colours have already achieved a lot and harvest fame, financing and support. Are you in? The stage is yours!

They co-decide

Jury 2021

Proven experts from the fields of climate science, business development and impact financing provide Clima Now with their expertise. They review your ideas for their viability and will give vital advice and their vote at the Pitch Night. This counts for one third versus two thirds of the community in the final voting.

Portrait of CĂ©line Fallet
CĂ©line Fallet Managing Director wemakeit

CĂ©line Fallet is a Swiss crowdfunding pioneer, creator, new work enthusiast and lecturer. As managing director of the crowdfunding platform wemakeit and founder of the crowd investing platform oomnium, she enables a wide variety of projects to be realized and to build a sustainable community.


Portrait of Nora Wilhelm
Nora Wilhelm Co-Founder collaboratio helvetica

Nora Wilhelm is an activist, social extrapreneur and co-founder of collaboratio helvetica, an initiative that catalyzes systemic change towards more sustainability and common good in Switzerland. She has been recognized by the Swiss government, the UN and Forbes 30 under 30, among others.


Portrait of Thomas Vellacott
Thomas Vellacott CEO WWF Switzerland

Thomas Vellacott has been CEO of WWF Switzerland since 2012. Prior to that, first as Head of Corporate Relations, and from 2003 as Head of Programs and Member of the Executive Board, he was responsible for the conception and implementation of WWF Switzerland's national and international environmental protection work until he became Deputy CEO in 2007.


Portrait of Laurène Descamps
Laurène Descamps Project Leader Impact Hub

Laurène Descamps is passionate about bottom-up climate innovation. At Impact Hub Zurich, she leads the Circular Economy Transition initiative, which aims to accelerate the transition to a resource-light Swiss economy. She also leads Climathon Zurich and is an ambassador for the global Climathon movement.


Portrait of Martin Meili
Martin Meili Chairman of the Foundation Board Clima Now

In 1970, as an exchange student in the USA, Martin Meili took part on the first Earth Day and was already confronted with the problems of climate change and the "point of no return". With his commitment to Clima Now, he wants to ensure that suitable solutions are finally promoted, and proper measures are taken.


Portrait of Bettina Kahlert
Bettina Kahlert Team Leader myclimate

Bettina Kahlert works as team leader for efficiency consulting at myclimate. She has extensive experience in the areas of sustainability and environmental management, strategic sustainable development, integrated carbon offset measures/services and awareness-raising measures.

Why Spotlight?

Many people with strong climate ideas do not have a stage. With Spotlight, we shine a light on them – making their ideas publicly visible and debatable for all of us. NOW.

In partnership with WWF Switzerland and One Planet Lab, we are making the very first call for Clima Now Spotlight Edition 2021. We invite everyone to submit ideas and then to decide on their favourites jointly by means of a collective voting.

The voting winners will take the stage at the Spotlight Pitch Night in December 2021. The winner who convinces the jury and the audience will receive financing. Clima Now supports the three first-place projects with a total of 175,000 Swiss francs.

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Support for your idea

Spotlight Partner

Our strategic partners help us to successfully realize Clima Now projects. Winners of the Spotlight can benefit from their know-how and network to turn their ideas into success.

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WWF Switzerland

WWF is committed to biodiversity and sustainable resource use in over 100 countries. WWF's goal is to stop the global destruction of the environment and to shape a future in which people and nature live in harmony.

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One Planet Lab

One Planet Lab designs and shows paths to the world of tomorrow. Towards a future in which we only consume as many resources as our planet can provide. To go this path, people find support at One Planet Lab. Through knowledge and networking, pioneers are helped to implement and develop projects.