NEXT CALL FOR APPLICATIONS WILL BE LAUNCHED IN JULY 2016 – stay tuned @ClimateKIC_DE

Climate-KIC Germany Accelerator

Climate-KIC Germany helps start-ups to turn the climate challenge to a business opportunity. From our locations in Berlin, Frankfurt and Munich we operate the largest cleantech Accelerator in Germany.  Our incubation facilities at the Green Garage Berlin and  the UnternehmerTUM Munich are the perfect starting points for hands-on, climate-driven, innovative and business-minded ventures. Twice a year (every spring and every autumn),  new intakes get started in the Accelerator. But don’t mind if your are not located close to one of our locations, we also accept start-ups in the programme that are not based in Berlin, Frankfurt or Munich and that do not need office facilities. Learn more about the German Start-ups at our German Blog.

Who can apply

  • You need a breakthrough idea for a scalable business. We accept only high potential ventures in terms of both climate impact and commercial viability. Thus, applicants must have a substantial climate impact and be related to new technology.
  • You need to be team (at least two persons)
  • Your start-up needs to based in Germany
  • You need to work full-time on your idea/business

Application process

NEXT CALL FOR APPLICATIONS WILL BE LAUNCHED IN JULY 2016 – stay tuned @ClimateKIC_DE

 

The programme

Early stage ventures need different support than more mature start-ups. We help start-ups according to their needs: Three stages and funding worth up to 95.000 Euro build the framework of the Climate-KIC Accelerator. Along all stages we connect you with the European Climate-KIC community, with valuable business contacts, with investors looking for new ventures, and promote you as one of the most promising cleantech start-ups of Europe.

Stage 1: Fundamentals

Key elements: Idea evaluation, product planning, company set-up

Duration: 3 to 6 month

What you bring with you: A breakthrough idea related to new technology with a substantial climate impact. Successful application for the Accelerator. And a compelling pitch in front of the Climate-KIC jury.

What you get:

  • joined Kick-off with all German start-ups of the intake
  • Scholarship for up to two team members (1.400 Euro per person per month, max 16.800 Euro total)
  • Office space at the Green Garage in Berlin
  • Individual coaching sessions by a business coach
  • Participation in Climate-KIC Trainings (e.g. Fast Lanes)
  • Demo day to present your climate business to the Climate-KIC community, to investors, business partners and to the new start-up intake; at the same time pitch for stage 2 participation

Stage 1 is all about working on your business model and your company. As a result, you will have the first iteration of your business model.

Stage 2: Validation

Key elements: Customer evaluation, growth and outreach

Duration: 3 to 6 months

What you bring with you:  Defined business model and plausible assumptions to continue working on it. Successful application for the Accelerator. And a compelling pitch in front of the Climate-KIC jury.

What you get:

  • Scholarship for up to two team members (1.400 Euro per person per month, max. 16.800 Euro total)
  • A one-time grant of 4.000 Euro for additional expenses
  • Office space at the Green Garage in Berlin
  • Individual coaching sessions by a business coach
  • International exchange & networking: you get the opportunity to enter the Climate-KIC venture competition.
  • Participation in Climate-KIC Events (e.g. Fast Lanes)
  • Demo day to present your climate business to the Climate-KIC community, to investors, business partners and to the new start-up intake; at the same time pitch for stage 3 participation

Stage 2 is all about meeting potential clients to verify your business models. As a result, you will have a comprehensive business plan, financial model and customer research.

Stage 3: Delivery

Key elements: Expansion & financing, market success

Duration: 3 to 6 months

What you bring with you: Having passed successfully stage 1 or 2 of the programme. A validated business model with first paying customers and a comprehensive business and financial plan. A Successful application for the Accelerator. And a compelling pitch in front of the Climate-KIC jury.

What you get:

  • Scholarship for up to two team members (1.400 Euro per person per month, max.  16.800 Euro total)
  • A one-time grant of up to 30.000 Euro for additional expenses
  • Pitch training sessions
  • Office space at the Green Garage in Berlin
  • Individual coaching sessions by a business coach
  • International exchange & networking: you get the opportunity to enter the Climate-KIC venture competition.
  • Participation in Climate-KIC Trainings  (e.g. Fast Lanes)
  • Access to investor events

You know your market very well and can sign up a launching customer: you are ready for the final stage. You will secure new customers and look at scaling your business model. Now you are ready for meetings with investors.

 

Climate-KIC Start-Ups

Check out the German Climate-KIC start-ups that have already been supported successfully by our programme.

Alumni: Share your Success and Stay in Touch

Alumni Start-ups keep part of the Climate-KIC community as long as they want and stay in touch with Climate-KIC. For another 12 months after completion of the programme they get access to our events (e.g. Demo Days). They are invited to speak at events, mentor a team and share their experience with all of us.

 

Incubation facilities

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Home to green businesses: the Green Garage in Berlin

Good ideas need some space. We have that space – in our incubation facilities in Berlin and Munich. Our incubator Green Garage is, like the Climate-KIC Germany headquarters, based at the euref-Campus in Berlin Schöneberg. The garage was originally built in 1927 and were used for vehicles of the Berlin gas company. Today, after a complete renovation for low-carbon usage, it offers 6 modern and comfortable offices, a co-working space (which is also used for Climate-KIC community activities), a shared kitchen and a BBQ terrace. Our incubation facilities are an offer, not a must. However, we strongly recommend to move into our incubators (subject to actual availability) as this supports the acceleration dynamics.

 

Contact us

Do you want to start up your climate business? Get in contact with our Acceleration Managers.

Beñat Egaña
Acceleration Programme Manager Climate-KIC Germany
(overall Acceleration management and ad interim responsible for Berlin operations)
Phone: + 49 (0) 30 700 942813
Email: Postal Address: Climate-KIC Germany, Torgauer Strasse 12-15, 10829 Berlin, Germany

Bianca Zwiebler-SchmalzZwiebler_Bianca
Acceleration Manager Climate-KIC Germany/
UnternehmerTUM  
(responsible for Munich operations)
Tel +49 89-18 94 69-1422
Email:

 

Bernd Winters
Provadis Hochschule
(responsible for Hessen operations)
Tel +49 (0)69 305 2269
Email: bernd.winters@provadis-hochschule.de