Frequently asked questions
What is Climate-KIC?
Climate-KIC is a world-class network focused on meeting the global challenge of climate change. Our core purpose is to create opportunities for innovators to shape the world’s next economy. We create new partnerships to integrate research, business and technology to transform innovative ideas into new products, services and jobs.
How do I get involved?
Climate-KIC is a community that brings together a network of partners from business, academia and SMEs. We bring people together with a common interest in the climate change challenge. We offer services to entrepreneurs to help them create their business and we train students in using their climate change knowledge in the business world.
What do we offer the public and private sector?
We help our public and private sector partners identify, develop and bring to market climate change innovations.
Find out more: www.climate-kic.org/for-businesses/
What do we offer students?
We offer added value to Master’s and PhD degree programmes at the best academic institutions across Europe as well as an annual summer school helping turn ideas in to business plans.
Find out more at www.climate-kic.org/for-students/
What do we offer entrepreneurs and start-ups?
We offer specific programmes to help entrepreneurs and start-ups, such as: attending our master classes or entering Climate-KIC competitions.
Find more information at www.climate-kic.org/for-entrepreneurs/
How does Climate-KIC operate and where is it based?
We operate across 13 European centres, including the major cities of Brussels, London, Paris and Berlin and a headquarters in London. Each centre has a director that forms part of an executive team lead by our chief executive officer based in a central office in London. We cultivate our relationship with Europe from our Brussels office.
How does Climate-KIC work on climate change?
Climate-KIC is the EU’s largest public private partnership addressing climate change through innovation to build a zero carbon economy.
We address climate change across four priority themes: urban areas, land use, production systems, climate metrics and finance. Education is at the heart of these themes to inspire and empower the next generation of climate leaders.
We run programmes for students, start-ups and innovators across Europe via centres in major cities, convening a community of the best people and organisations.
Our approach starts with improving the way people live in cities. Our focus on industry creates the products required for a better living environment, and we look to optimise land use to produce the food people need.
What projects is Climate-KIC working on?
Together with our partners, we identify markets for climate mitigation and adaptation innovations through research (pathfinder) projects, and implement the findings through (innovation) projects to create products and services. Then we take them to market through existing businesses, new joint ventures and spin-off companies.
What partners does Climate-KIC engage with?
We have a large group of core and affiliate partners across the network, from public and private sector backgrounds.
You can find an overview of our core partners online.
How can I become a partner?
Our partners help us drive the network forward they integrate research, business and technology and enable Climate-KIC to transform innovative ideas into new products, services and jobs.
If you are interested in becoming a new parter, or in advancing your partnership role within the network you can contact your local centre.
What’s a Climate-KIC centre and what happens there?
Across Europe we have centres led by world-class universities, and companies. Our centres develop local infrastructure into innovation ecosystems and link into a network of implementation sites across Europe.
Where are our centres located?
Click here for an overview of our centres.
Why have these geographical locations been chosen?
These locations are already leading centres, with extensive collaboration between industry, academia and research centres, as well as strongly supported by local governments.
Who are the main customers of the centres?
Local and international partners, students and clean-tech entrepreneurs are the main customers and users of our centres.
What is Climate-KIC’s organisational structure?
Strategically, we are led by our Assembly and Governing Board with representatives from our core partners.
Operationally, we are driven by an Executive Board led by our Chief Executive Officer. Our Supervisory Board oversees the Executive Board.
The Climate-KIC group consists of the Association Climate-KIC, a not-for-profit entity registered in the Netherlands, and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Climate-KIC Holding B.V., which has been established by the Association to deliver its goals and objects. Climate-KIC Holding B.V. has further subsidiaries across Europe.
Find out more about our governance structure.
What is the role of the Climate-KIC Assembly?
The Assembly is the body of Association Climate-KIC that is made up of all members of the Association, representatives from the 30 Core Partners.
The Assembly meets twice a year (June, September). It has decision making-authority with respect to appointments of Governing Board Members, any amendments to the Association’s Articles, membership fees for Core Partners and the Association’s annual accounts and is involved in setting the multi-annual strategy of the Association and its subsidiaries.
Click here for an overview of our Assembly members.
What is the role of the Climate-KIC Governing Board?
Responsibility for the activities of the Association lies with a Governing Board made up of 13 members. These are appointed by the Association’s Assembly. Each Governing Board member is initially appointed for three years, with an option for one re-appointment.
It is responsible for the activities of the Association and oversees multi-annual strategy of the group.
Click here for an overview of the members of our Governing Board.
What is the role of the Climate-KIC Supervisory Board?
The Supervisory Board supervises the policies of the Executive Board and the general affairs of the company. Two of its members are independent (chair and finance specialist), the remaining three are nominated from partner organisations.
Click here for an overview of the members of the Supervisory Board.
What is the Executive Board and what role is it performing?
The Executive Board manages the day-to-day activities of the Climate-KIC group and leads the Executive Team.
What is the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)?
The EIT is a body of the European Union. Their mission is to increase European sustainable growth and competitiveness by reinforcing the innovation capacity of the EU. They facilitate transitions: from idea to product, from lab to market, from student to entrepreneur.
To do so, they integrate higher education, research and business in areas of high societal need through Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs), focused on the following topics: climate change (Climate-KIC), information and communication technologies (EIT ICT Labs) and sustainable energy (KIC InnoEnergy).
What is the relationship between the EIT & Climate-KIC?
Climate-KIC is one of three Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) created in 2010 by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). The EIT is an EU body whose mission is to create sustainable growth. We support this mission by addressing climate change mitigation and adaptation.
Where can I find more information on EIT?
You can find more information on EIT at eit.europa.eu
When and how did Climate-KIC get started?
Climate-KIC is one of three Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) created in 2010 by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).
What is the legal entity of Climate-KIC?
The Climate-KIC group consists of the Association Climate-KIC, a not-for-profit entity registered in the Netherlands (commercial register number 52000117), and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Climate-KIC Holding B.V., which has been established by the Association to deliver its goals and objects. More about our governance structure.
What are the key achievements of Climate-KIC to date?
Climate-KIC produces a yearly review of its achievements. The latest edition can be downloaded here.
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