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sustainability bootcamp

Sustainability Bootcamp (SB)

Vali Berlin - The Entrepreneurship Hub at ESMT

Application deadline Feb 5

Calling all future tech and business entrepreneurs who aim to create a better tomorrow using cutting-edge technology.

Entrepreneurship has the power to solve essential problems of the 21st century.

Thus, Vali Berlin - The Entrepreneurship Hub at ESMT brings together technologists, business talents, investors, subject matter experts, and mentors to identify and analyze essential problems of our world, validate a market need, and develop innovative solutions.

Program details
March 3-17, 2023
Face-to-face and virtual
February 5, 2023
Application deadline

Target group

We are looking for talents that strive to become entrepreneurs and tackle the largest problems of our time, contributing to one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) defined by the UN. We are especially looking forward to working with:

  • Technologist, especially in artificial intelligence (AI) and/or climate science
  • Entrepreneurial-driven generalist/business person
  • Industry experts

Value proposition

At the end of the program, you will

  • Connect with other tech and business talents and potential co-founders
  • Gain valuable insights into trends, technologies, and sustainability
  • Identify and validate significant problem opportunities, and
  • Network and meet potential investors, mentors, and subject matter experts


  • Participation is free
  • Pitch your idea in front of an expert and investor jury
  • The winning team wins prize money and a spot at Vali Berlin's Summer Entrepreneurship Program

Program overview

Phase 1
Phase 2
Phase 3

Program overview

Phase 1
Phase 2
Phase 3
Problems and technology opportunities

Artificial Intelligence


Vali_SB_MerantixArtificial Intelligence presented by Merantix

At Merantix Venture Studio we build and scale machine learning companies. Through our unique incubation platform, seed financing and exceptional teams of entrepreneurs and engineers, we transfer world-leading research into products that will change existing and create new industries.


Vali_SB_Rasmus_MerantixDr. Rasmus Rothe, Founder at Merantix

"AI is like an unfair advantage we have on the road to sustainability. As a technology, it allows us to tackle the problem from all industries and angles - so all we need to do is start now!"



Vali_SB_Carbon13Climate Science presented by Carbon 13

Carbon13 fast-tracks founders to build scalable climatetech ventures, each with the potential of reducing CO2e emissions by 10 million tonnes a year. In April 2023, the successful Cambridge-based programme will be expanded by a programme specifically for the EU, which is hosted in Berlin. Carbon13 Cambridge has invested in 40+ ventures since 2021 with solutions such as methane capture, quantum computing for materials discovery, carbon negative concrete, alternative protein, bioplastics, carbon removal insurance, and green ammonia.

Vali_SB_Carbon13_MichaelMichael Langguth, Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer at Carbon13

"I am passionate about innovative projects, being able to create something new and solve a big problem is highly rewarding to me. My long term focus is on business models that achieve the triple bottom line."

Create a better tomorrow

Application deadline February 5

Apply now

Isabelle Canu

Partner at Green European Tech Fund (GET)

Christian Bogatu

Investment Advisor at SPRIND - Bundesagentur für Sprunginnovation

Philipp Semmer

Partner at Earlybird UNI-X

Saskia Roelofs

Investment Manager at APX
Still have questions?

We're happy to assist!

Email us

Baris Efe

Manager & Co-founder at Vali Berlin - Entreprenurship Hub at ESMT
+49 30 212 31 1649

Henry Sauermann

ESMT Chair in Entrepreneurship & Academic Director at Vali Berlin - Entrepreneurship Hub at ESMT