Radiant smiles light up the Global Workshop of the CATAL1.5°T Initiative as participants come together in a spirit of collaboration and innovation.

Empowering Climate-Tech Start-ups: Insights from the CATAL1.5°T Global Workshop 

28.05.2024  Angeli Regala, GIZ
CATAL1.5°T Initiative to advance efforts in supporting climate tech start-ups

5 – 8 May 2024, Berlin, Germany — All members of the CATAL1.5°T Initiative gathered for their first Global Workshop to champion climate-tech solutions in the Global South.

The workshop kicked-off with a celebration of the relentless dedication of the people behind the CATAL1.5°T Initiative and progress made since it was publicly launched in April 2022 and regional activities having started in early 2023. All organisations implementing the initiative – Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, EIT Climate-KIC, Tecnológico de Monterrey, and Investisseurs & Partenaires (I&P) – shared their views on their practical experiences. The event featured a guest speaker, Emma Cox, Global Climate Leader at PwC, who shared insights on global trends in climate tech, shedding light on challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for start-ups in this sector.

She emphasized that while technology is no silver bullet, the affordability and accessibility of clean and sustainable technologies are vital for the regenerative and nature positive economy. Moreover, she stated the potential of innovative ecosystems in driving advancements in climate action, thus the urgent need for everybody's unwavering support.

This presentation served as a groundwork for the workshop, starting with a review of the brand narrative to enhance engagement with stakeholders and garner increased assistance for climate-focused start-ups. The workshop saw engaging discussions on the specific needs and capabilities of start-ups from Latin America and West Africa. In addition, participants engaged in lively discussions on current work methods, identifying potential areas for collaboration improvements.

Before the end of workshop, participants outlined the concrete steps and commitments, incorporating lessons learned from regional and local initiatives, to strengthen relationships, enhance communication, and build a solid framework for future collaborative efforts in advancing climate innovations.

Fostering teamwork for a sustainable future

  "The CATAL1.5°T Initiative unites the aspirations of both the private and public sectors to deliver tangible climate change solutions for us all. Working alongside passionate individuals from diverse backgrounds determined to turn these ideas into action is truly inspiring," remarked Mr. Frédéric Wils, Global Coordinator for CATAL1.5°T.

The workshop was a testament to the team's shared dedication to innovation and teamwork, and to nurturing ecosystems for start-ups focused on climate action and solutions. The energy and enthusiasm displayed by all participants underscored our collective commitment to driving positive change, reinforcing the CATAL1.5°T Initiative's mission to make a tangible impact on our climate.

All members of the CATAL1.5°T Initiative gather in front of GIZ building in Berlin.
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pieces of nails delicately balance on a single nail as part of a design thinking game during the CATAL1.5°T Initiative Global  Workshop
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The CATAL1.5°T Initiative aims to boost investments in high-impact, high-return, early-stage climate tech ventures from the Global South. To ensure long-lasting impact, the initiative also strengthens climate tech networks within regional start-up and venture capital ecosystems. Regional CATAL1.5°T platforms in Latin America and West Africa are run by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in cooperation with EIT Climate-KICTecnológico de Monterrey and Investisseurs & Partenaires (I&P).The CATAL1.5°T Initiative is funded by the international Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).