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>>> For B2B Startups with a proven Climate Impact

Meet investors and prospect clients

Apply to the Sandbox Program for free.


Fine tune your pitch and find the opportunities to scale and boost your climate impact

what you will learn in our 2-month program

  • Consolidate your Business Model, Pricing Model and Go to Market Strategy
  • Strengthen your Sustainability Assessment and Communication
  • Enhance your B2B Pitch for potential clients
  • Explore the Fundraising domain and be prepared for mastering the Investor Pitch

what you will get

  • Business model and climate impact inspected and reviewed by experienced instructors and mentors
  • Competences to defend your market positioning and competitive advantage
  • Access to funds from investors interested in the climate industry
  • Confidence to size new business opportunities and collaborations for growth
  • Enrichment of your network in the climate tech industry and among sustainability-oriented companies

What you will do, in a nutshell

  • Train: 7 workshops with the goal of reviewing your Business models, Business Planning, Assessment and Communication of Sustainability Impact, Go-to-market strategy, Sales Pitch, and Investors Pitch.
  • Connect: You will meet European Impact VCs and Corporates in need of investing in the climate transition
  • Get visibility: We will spread your voice and present your solution throughout our European network

Sandbox mentors and technical board

Paolo Meola

Paolo Meola

One of the promoters and founder of Forest Valley Institute. Co-founder and Partner of one of the main digital marketing agency in Italy. Paolo has a background in digital marketing and digital transformation.

Alice Casiraghi

Alice Casiraghi

Circular economy specialist, UX, and systems designer, is co-founder of Future Urban Living, a circular strategy company helping decision makers transition towards regenerative business by design.

Serena Moro

Serena Moro

Sustainability Consultant with a focus on the fashion sector and founder of Cikis. The company has a proprietary fashion-specific framework and guides companies from strategy to implementation.

Filippo Lombardi

Filippo Lombardi

Tech entrepreneur, executive manager and angel investor with 10 years experience across 3 continents in the e-commerce, marketplace, internet/SaaS industries. Expert in bringing new technologies to market, and sell big ideas in rapidly developing markets.

Milena Prisco

Milena Prisco

Milena is a corporate and M&A lawyer, counsel working for Pavia and Ansaldo, with a significant experience in legal assistance for implementing ESG policies. She is regularly speaker in seminars and congresses in Italy and abroad and lecturer in M&A and sustainable finance at post degree masters. She is author of publications, papers and articles in corporate, M&A and ESG finance. She is a member of the International Bar Association (IBA) and international committees for sustainable fashion.

what to expect after the application

Every year we open 4 Batches with 8 to 10 startups each, and you can have access to 1 of them.
According with your registration and number of participants, we will evaluate your participation in our 4° Batch of the Sandbox Program for free.

Next Sandbox Program Starts on: 7th February 2023
Next Demo Days planned: 28th-30th March 2023

  • 2hrs Workshop on "Business model and sales offering design"
  • 2hrs Workshop on "Communicating sustainability"
  • 2hrs Workshop “Business Planning”
  • 2hrs Workshop on “Fundraising Strategy & Fundraising experience”
  • 2hrs Workshop on "The Investors Pitch Deck"
  • 2hrs Workshop on "The Sales Pitch Deck"
  • 2hrs Workshop on "Go-to-Market Strategies"
  • 4hrs Pitches Reviews with mentors and peers
  • One-to-one Sessions on demand to review the decks and get advised by mentors
  • Access to Investors Demo Day event organized by Forest Valley with International VCs in climate innovation
  • Access to B2B Demo Day with a selection of corporate clients in need for climate solutions in your domain
  • The Demo Days are just the first touchpoint with new opportunities, we will keep promoting your solutions for much longer!
  • Interview on the Forest Valley Podcast + related article on our Journal
  • Presence on social media channels (LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter) - with free post boosting
  • Your startup public profile, tailored for getting found by corporate clients, powered by free Google ads search campaigns
  • Access to a selection of opportunities in climate innovation
  • Access to the international network of FV

Ready to join the sandbox program?

Register now for free and get access to our 4° Batch of the Sandbox Program to get matched with investors and clients.

Remember you have time to submit your Application for the 4° Batch until the 13th of January 2023.

Apply here

By submitting your application, you will be redirected to a form you will need to complete to get evaluated for the Sandbox Program.
It should take about 30-40 minutes to complete the application. After you complete the application, you'll receive a confirmation in few hours.


    With the Sandbox Program we support startups with B2B solutions in climate sustainability and innovation (including physical and digital products and services). Every batch will include different verticals, so we are open to startups operating in any industry. We will be able to help startups from prototype to production stage. If you are already selling your product/service, more than welcomed!

    Each startup is asked to fill in the application form to access the Sandbox Program. These data will be used internally for the selection and for the create a profile of your offer, which will constitute the basis for the matchmaking with relevant stakeholders of our network. At the end of the 2 months training program, we will bring you to Demo Days with prospects and Investors. Then we will keep promoting your solution in our international network.

    For selected startups we are 100% free. We will charge only when a match has been concluded. We will charge a 5% fee on investments and grants received thanks to the program, and a variable fee, agreed between the parties, on the contracts closed with clients matched through the program.

    We promote and support each member in our network in several fashion: by supporting the communication of their projects and expertise though our communication engine; by involving them in new projects where their competence is key; by offering access to our courses on circular economy, climate innovation, sustainable finance, etc.. and with early free access to the Sandbox Platform Beta that will facilitate finding the right partners also after the Sandbox Program is over.
    Being in the ecosystem makes you closer to a community of people dedicated to the same cause, but on different paths, meaning you can always enrich yourself learning from peers. Moreover, the matchmaking process will make it easier for your projects to reach the right partners/clients.

Forest Valley mission

We bring founders, scientists, corporates and public authorities together from all over the world to match ideas with action, connections to collaboration and problems to solutions.

What they say about us

  • the sandbox program was a good opportunity to improve our presentation
    Greentech Innovators
  • Really useful and interesting, it improves your potential and changes your point of view about your project
  • The best thing is seeing the impact that innovation brings to climate change and the selection of startups at the demo day was very valuable.
  • What i liked the most was meeting the counterparts. It is a well organised meeting platform.
    nOa climate GmbH
  • for me it was useful to Understand key aspects that for investors are crucial. the Good mentoring was helping a lot with interesting material and skilled people.
average investors and organizations
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