First round winners - 10 promising business plans

The jury of the Business Climate Adaptation Challenge 2013 selected ten winners in round 1 with a promising business idea in the field of climate change adaptation. These ten entrepreneurs received have financial support and were assigned to a business coach to develop their pre-business proposal into a high quality business plan. The business plans were pitched at the Final Event on 15 November 2013.  

The Polderdak
Friso Klapwijk, The Dakdokters Amsterdam
The Polderdak is a green roof construction with improved storm water retention. It Polderdak offers a solution to water issues, particularly in the existing built environment. 

Adapting to climate change trough Ethiopia saving forests from household fuel use
Leon Simons, Young Club of Rome
We developed the Magic Mitad; a glass baking plate for injera, Ethiopia’s staple food, that can reduce the countries household fuel use with 80%. Large scale implementation can empower women, reduce deforestation and CO2 emissions, and make reforestation projects more successful. 

Real-time 24/7 satellite precipitation information for Africa
Mark Hartman, HKV
The business idea is to develop and maintain a state-of-the-art web based satellite precipitation product for Africa based on Meteosat-SEVIRI observations, available 24/7 at 15-minute and 3x3 km2 resolutions.
Rainfall data availability in the region is often lacking (in time, place, and quality). Our service enables end-users -such as water managers, farmers, NGO’s as well as citizens- to have access to up to date rainfall information allowing them to make better informed decisions. 

Smart water level extender
Jan van Bakel, De Bakelse Stroom
Development of a smart device which can be installed in ditches. This device creates the opportunity that the surface water level management by water boards in the main water courses automatically is extended to smaller water courses. 

Zilt Proefbedrijf Tested on Texel
A.M.J. van Rijsselberghe, Zilt Proefbedrijf
Zilt Proefbedrijf has developed a unique research location (1 ha) where the salt concentration in the soil – between fresh and Wadden Sea salt - can be continually monitored and controlled by means of specially developed software and hardware. It is the only test venue in the temperate climate zone for testing and updating the salt tolerance tables of conventional crops ( potato, beet , cereals , green manure). 

Inlaat op Maat
Koos Groen, Acacia Water
Inlaat op Maat (IOM) is a system for customized water intake. It automatically controls the intakes of salty agricultural polders in the summer, based on information on soil moisture and water courses (level , salinity and soil moisture) in characteristic locations in the polder received by telemetric sensors. An information system is linked to the measurement and control system, that can be used by water boards and farmers. The goal of Inlaat op Maat is reduction of the water intake, more efficient irrigation and an increased agricultural production. 

Nature Reports
Arnold van Vliet, Foundation for Sustainable Development / Wageningen University
Nature Reports will offer society easy access to developments in nature at various spatial scales. The information will be generated by top-biologists and by the public itself and allows society to adapt to changes in nature that are often induced by changes in weather and climate. The nature information is sold and partly freely offered via various products.

I go Eco app (for smartphone and tablet)
Hasse Goosen, Climate Adaptation Services Foundation
Developing a mobile application for your smartphone or tablet that suggests improvements in and around the house to become climate neutral. The objective is to make adaptation and mitigation to climate change tangible for households, schools, neighbourhoods and companies. The app contains hundreds of ‘down to earth measures’, e.g. green roofs, water storage, increased water infiltration in gardens and solar panels. The app increases awareness of buyers and connects them directly to the sellers of producers such as garden centers and building markets.

The Flood Experience
Marty van de Klundert, Spacevalue BV
The Flood Experience is an idea to develop international training and competence centres to increase resilience and self-reliance in flood (risk) situations. Within simulation facilities, civilians and professionals learn how to deal with water under various ‘uncommon’ conditions. 

Agri Drone
Rutger Hogezand, Aquademia
Increasing crop yields in agriculture and minimizing the use of water by means of a scientifically tested soil moisture scanner, mounted on a drone.