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    The moroccan best team will progress to the Global Finals that will take place in San Francisco during the Cleantech Open Global Forum in November 2015.

Cleantech Open Global Ideas competition


The top local finalists will get the chance to compete live in the National Finals in Casablanca, Morocco in front of a panel of judges and a live audience, including key stakeholders and media, in October 2015 during StartUp Maroc Championship

CleanTech Open Morocco

Cleantech Open Global Ideas competition is a search for breakthrough cleantech ideas in one of six industry categories; air, water & waste, energy efficiency, renewable energy, green building, smart power and transportation. Entrants answer questions online and develop a short venture pitch video. Through national competition rounds, the best team will progress to the Global Finals that will take place in San Francisco during the Cleantech Open Global Forum in November 2015.

International finalists will present their idea in front of a crowd of 1,000 investors, entrepreneurs, sponsoring companies, corporations, members of academia and press and will participate in additional activities designed to connect them to potential partners, customers and investors from Silicon Valley and around the world.

The top local finalists will get the chance to compete live in the National Finals in Casablanca, Morocco in front of a panel of judges and a live audience, including key stakeholders and media, in October 2015 during StartUp Maroc Championship

Eligibility Criteria

Anyone looking to turn their clean technology idea into a thriving business can apply. Entrants can be sole proprietors, teams or early-stage companies.
You will need to select one of the cleantech categories below
Air, Water & Waste: Ways to cut pollution
Air Water & Waste category entries focus on improving resource availability, conservation and pollution control. Air covers services, instruments and equipment related to emission control, treatment or reduction technologies. Also included are creative approaches to greenhouse gas reduction, including carbon conversion and sequestration. Water covers treatment, storage and monitoring, recycling and conservation technologies. Waste covers waste management equipment; sorting; resource recovery processes; pollution prevention, control, and treatment technology; as well as waste reduction through innovative recycling processes and creation of new recyclable materials, such as bio-based plastics.
Example technologies:
– Storm-water and flood control, rainwater harvesting
– Smart irrigation
– Water filtration and disinfection
– Advanced filters and filtration (air or water)
– Carbon and GHG monitoring and control
– Carbon capture sequestration, storage
– Waste cleanup and remediation

Energy Efficiency: More efficient methods and devices
The Energy Efficiency category comprises technology that can significantly reduce wasted energy and help to lessen the need for additional power plants. Examples include advanced light sources and controls, smart / user-friendly energy management systems, energy-efficient water heaters and other appliances, high-efficiency industrial process systems, motors, pumps, and advanced space heating and cooling systems.
Example technologies:
– Industrial process improvements
– Natural gas monitoring and control (industrial or residential)
– LED lighting
– Advanced lighting controls
– HVAC solutions
– Utility scale natural gas control

Renewable Energy: Replacements for fossil fuels
The Renewable Energy category includes innovations that use, enable and accelerate the migration to renewable energy. Renewables encompass technologies that use waste streams to directly produce energy. Examples include low-emission power sources, such as solar, biofuels, wind, wave and tidal energy and hydropower.
Example technologies:
– Solar for energy production
– Thin film solar manufacture
– Concentrating solar PV
– Biobased fuels
– Hydropower
– Advanced fluid flow designs
– Wind power technologies
Green Building: New kind of buildings or materials
The Green Building category focuses on reducing the environmental impact of building construction or operation through improved design or construction practices, new or innovative use of building materials, or new hardware or software applications. Technologies are applied directly to the built environment. Examples include water management systems, reduction of hazardous materials in building construction or operation, use of new environmentally friendly or recycled materials, systems to improve indoor environmental quality and systems for improved waste reduction or disposal.
Example technologies:
– Insulation materials
– Cement alternatives
– Indoor air filtration systems
– Disaster relief and modular housing
– Low VOC carpeting and flooring
– Water saving toilets, showers, plumbing
– Recycled materials for use in building material
Smart Power, Green Grid, Energy Storage: Better ways of carrying electricity of storing it
The Smart Power, Green Grid and Energy Storage category encourages links between information technologies and electricity delivery that give industrial, commercial and residential consumers greater control over when and how their energy is delivered and used. It includes improvements in all forms of energy storage, from battery technology for consumer-scale products to large chemical, metal, biological or other approaches to storage of utility-scale energy, as well as methods for controlling or increasing the efficiency of energy storage or energy transmission. Examples include wireless metering and use of real-time pricing information, intelligent sensors, batteries, fuel cells, fly-wheels, and advanced materials or systems for energy transmission, such as hardware and software controls.
Example technologies:
– Real-time power monitoring
– Network architecture for power management
– Hydrogen storage
– Battery form factor improvements
– Advanced fuel cell membranes
– Power storage
– Transmission efficiency
Transportation: Greener cars, buses, trucks or planes
The Transportation category encompasses transportation and mobile technology applications that improve fuel efficiency, reduce air pollution, reduce oil consumption or reduce vehicle travel (not limited to automobiles). Technologies are applied directly to transportation systems or vehicles. Examples include new vehicles and new types of transport services and infrastructure, efficient batteries, fuel cells, bio-based transportation fuels and use of information technologies.
Example technologies:
– Fleet and route management systems
– Logistics management
– Carpooling solutions
– All electric vehicles
– Flex fuel engines and applications
– Drivetrain conversion kits
– Monitoring and control of driver behavior

Judging Criteria

– Idea Concept: Concisely and clearly explained
– Innovation: Breakthrough in thinking or design
– Business Viability: A significant and interesting market exists
– Sustainability: Positive impact on the environment.


National Champion
– A spot to compete in the International Final that will take place in San Francisco during the Cleantech Open Global Forum in November 2015
– An All expenses paid trip (Hotel and Flight Ticket) to Attend the International Final
– Ample media attention will be awarded to the national startup winner.
– Attend StartUp Maroc Bootcamps
2nd & 3rd Runner-Up
– Attend StartUp Maroc Bootcamps


10.07.2015 : Opening application period for startups
10.07.2015 – 31.07.2015 : 1st Round of Application
Apply at the first wave of registrations increase your chances of being selected to participate at the National Final
05.08.2015 – 25.08.2015 : 2nd Round of Application
Some startups have already been selected in the first round, you may have the chance to apply for the National Finals if places are still available.
01.09.2015 -10.10.2015 : 3rd & Last round of application:
Last chance to apply for the National Final
October 2015 : Finalists selected to participate in the National Finals
October 2015 : StartUp Maroc Bootcamp for finalists
October 2015 : National Finals : StartUp Maroc Championship
November 2015 : International Final
January 2015 : StartUp Maroc Bootcamp for the National Winner and 2nd and 3rd Runner Up