CLIMBIZ welcomes entries from green and inclusive enterprises in the Black Sea region, which are working in partnership with others to generate economic, environmental and social benefits. CLIMBIZ's independent International Jury of experts selects so called Challengers, those initiatives which have the greatest promise of scaling and replicating their impact, i.e. achieving substantial improvements in poverty eradication and environmental sustainability while contributing to a greener economy, climate change adaptation and mitigation.

CLIMBIZ Challengers must

a) demonstrate entrepreneurship and innovation
b) deliver economic, social and environmental benefits
c) have the intention and potential to become financially sustainable
d) be locally driven or locally led
e) have the intention and potential to scale up or significantly replicate
f) be at least in the start-up phase or early stage of implementation
g) work in partnership with different stakeholder groups
h) operate in a Member State of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization (i.e. Albania, Georgia, Russia, Armenia, Greece, Serbia, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine)
i) be active in one or more sectors of the green economy, such as agriculture, biodiversity, ecosystem management and conservation, energy, fisheries/aguaculture, forestry, sustainable consumption, tourism, waste management, water and sanitation, etc.

What Are We Looking For?

CLIMBIZ Challengers are exceptional and inspiring examples of partnership-based, locally-driven, entrepreneurial approaches to sustainable development challenges. To get an impression about what kind of entrepreneurships we are looking for please visit the website of our partner the UNEP, UNDP and IUCN founded SEED Initiative and read about the SEED Award Winners. Click here for further information