Do you want to explore climate entrepreneurship?

Start with us today and join our pre-incubator programme!

Climate-KIC offers the Greenhouse pre-incubation programme to starting entrepreneurs who have a climate business idea and the motivation to make it happen.

You will find tailored workshops, a community of climate entrepreneurs, and the support to further develop your idea and create or improve your business plan.

We believe that entrepreneurial thinking needs to be fostered, that is why we created the Greenhouse: a place for those who want to become entrepreneurs and are ready to get started with a concrete idea.

Who can apply?

Our pre-incubation candidates come from a broad spectrum of interdisciplinary backgrounds. We are accepting both students and professionals and offer equal opportunities to all nationalities, gender and age groups. It is a pre-incubation program, which means that you can explore your business idea besides a job or study.

For us, your idea and the right motivation is what counts. Teams with two or more members are preferred.


More information:

The Greenhouse provides support such as coaching, workshops and access to events.

  • Up to 6 months support and €2500 in funding
  • Professional business coaching
  • Working for developing your business model
  • Access to a motivated and dynamic community of likeminded individuals
  • Ways to measure your climate relevance
  • Access to workspace and infrastructure


The Greenhouse programme 2018 (2 batches) is offered at more than ten European locations in total.

This batch will be hosted in the following cities:

  • Wageningen: University of Wageningen (Atlas building)
  • Zürich: Climate-KIC Switzerland
  • Copenhagen: Technical University of Denmark (DTU)
  • Gothenburg: Chalmers University of Technology
  • Trondheim: Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
  • Lund: Lund University
  • Helsinki: Aalto University 
  • Paris: Agoranov
  • Budapest: Pannon Pro Innovations Ltd
  • Berlin and Cottbus: Climate-KIC and Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus – Senftenberg
  • Kassel: University of Kassel
  • Riga: RTU Design Factory
  • United Kingdom – Birmingham, London, Edinburgh and Dublin (institutions to be advised)

At least one member of the project group should live close to the location in order to be able to physically attend the coach meetings. We are constantly expanding our network and aim to announce additional locations soon.

* Please note that not all the locations offer both calls

Influential qualifications

We offer you career-enhancing qualifications of the highest quality, designed to extend and deepen your knowledge. You will receive coaching from experienced coaches, who are specialised in start-up support, located in the best academic institutions across Europe.

Career advancement

Climate-KIC provides you with unrivalled professional opportunities. Our combined network of academic institutions and innovative corporations provide a unique opportunity to realise your career aspirations and extend your professional contacts.

Commercial know-how

You always have great ideas, but you lack the skills to turn them into reality? We can give you the skills to be able to commercialise your climate change idea.

Personal development

You are tired of standardised education and want to be able to sharpen your own solutions for the climate challenge? We are dedicated to helping you explore and realise your own vision through mentoring and practical support.

Network and community

You become part of an unprecedented, active and influential network of entrepreneurs, businesses, regional governments and academic institutions.


The Climate-KIC Greenhouse programme is open for applications from 01 October until 15 November 2017 (in the Nordics: open until 30 November and London and Edinburgh 24 January, Dublin and West Midlands in February – actual date to be advised).

Application Form open



To Download

Greenhouse Flyer

FAQ document for participating teams

Timeline for the six-month program:



Some countries local dates might vary from the above, this will be conveyed by the local contact in each country.