14 September 2016
A hot spot for climate innovation
Climate-KIC is the first place to go for game-changing climate innovation in Germany. The German office drives the development of scalable high impact climate change solutions with its programmes and its community of the most innovative companies, researchers, start-ups and students. The Climate-KIC head office in Germany is based in the heart of Berlin at EUREF-Campus, an historic industrial site that was turned into an innovation campus dedicated to a low-carbon future – the perfect fit for Climate-KIC. 6 Core Partners and 15 Affiliate Partners collaborate with Climate-KIC in order to drive cross-sector climate innovation.
Climate-KIC has 5 innovation hubs in Germany
Berlin: All German programmes are supervised by Climate-KIC’s head office in Berlin. Climate-KIC operates its own start-up incubator in Berlin – the Green Garage is the only permanent cleantech incubator in Germany. In and around Berlin, we host many of our partners: GFZ, PIK, TU Berlin, Virtual City Systems, BTU Cottbus, Climate Media Factory, CDP Europe, Solar Valley.
Frankfurt: In Hessen three partners are very active and shape several programs and projects: City of Frankfurt, Provadis Hochschule, and University of Kassel. Climate-KIC Partner Provadis Hochschule runs the Climate-KIC Accelerator in Frankfurt, leads the Pioneers-Programme in Hessen, runs several professional education activities and organizes this year’s annual Climate-KIC Climate Innovation Summit taking place in November.
Hamburg: In Hamburg, Climate-KIC is mainly present through the University of Hamburg who participate in several projects and since this year host the climate innovation summer school “The Journey”. Broadening of Climate-KIC activities is foreseen.
Munich: Munich has been a key hub of the Climate-KIC Accelerator since its beginning, hosted by UnternehmerTUM in Munich. Furthermore TU Munich is strongly engaged in hosting the Journey summer school programme and takes part in several innovation projects.
North-Rhine-Westphalia: The industrial hot-spot in the West of Germany is a hub for industrial innovation projects, e.g. Climate-KIC’s flagship programme EnCO2re has a strong presence there as industrial Co-lead Covestro has its headquarters there. Other important partners in the region include FZ Jülich, Bayer, RWTH Aachen, and Wuppertal Institute.