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Climate-KIC selects 11 of the most promising French start-ups in its Acceleration Programme

Paris, France – March 9, 2015 – Entrepreneurs are innovative and very creative to tackle climate change. In a variety of fields, these new business model precursors develop promising products and services for growth and jobs, while contributing to address climate issues.

At the end of the first session of 2015, the Climate-KIC France Acceleration Programme has selected 11 new start-ups, all originating from innovative sectors such as climate Big Data services, crowdfunding or energy modeling. Winners selected earlier this year demonstrated originality and talent in their business and presentation.

Jean-Christophe Duval, Entrepreneurship Lead, Climate-KIC France, commented: “We are very proud to support these new start-ups which cover a wide scope of activities, from forest to climate big data, through mobility, collaborative investment in renewable energies and energy optimization. Based on action plans discussed with their leaders, we offer them solutions to accelerate their business and consequently their climate impact, in a spirit of shared value creation».

Ecov develops a new integrated and industrialized concept of car sharing servicing for municipalities.

Waga Energy is launching a worldwide disruptive technology to purify methane generated from biomass waste storage, into pure bio methane which will be sold on the market as a renewable energy.

Lumo has developed a crowdfunding platform to enable citizens to invest in local renewable energy projects.

Open Foret has been created to offer services to transform the fragmented ownership of the forest and make access to new industrial needs, including   bioeconomy. Open Foret will contribute to maintain CO2 capture, at stake in aging forests, while replacing old species with new species more adapted to climate change.

Kubango designs energy optimization plan for the industry and offers solutions to be implemented and monitored.

Amplify Nature has developed a software and consulting services to monitor and better plan sustainable strategy of corporates, including their environmental impact and reporting.

WattStrat has developed a platform for local authorities and the energy sector to forecast the energy consumption and production at national, regional and local levels.

Open Energy software enables to determine the energy consumption of a building from the design and the construction stages, and offers monitoring of actual consumption with the objective to optimize it.

CDF, which stands for ‘Climate Data factory’, will offer refined big data for climate services in the world. The more refined data on Climate will be available, the more adaptation plans will emerge.

Cornis provides modeling for the maintenance of wind turbine blades.

Akylon developed a heat recovery system for the production of electricity.

The Climate-KIC acceleration programme identifies start-ups across Europe with a potential for climate resilience. They are accompanied in their development according to their maturity. The Climate-KIC Accelerator provides several selections per year, where entrepreneurs of the “next economy” pitch their start-ups before a jury composed of entrepreneurs in business climate, investors, advisory development of innovative start-ups and incubators.
Only the best start-ups, with the greatest potential for development and the strongest capacity for adaptation or mitigation of climate change, are retained – on the basis of specific performance criteria: climate impact, innovation, market potential, strategy, business plan and team.

Each new recruit shall benefit from other Climate-KIC programmes: masterclasses, international mission, French and European competitions. But it is primarily the opportunity for them to be in relationship with a community of 250 public and private partners. Start-ups can thus accelerate their development in collaborative innovation projects, relying on the development of services by R & D partners and getting closer to large groups.

Among the start-ups followed in the Climate-KIC Acceleration Programme, 2 distinguished themselves by winning competitions Climate-KIC France 2013 and 2014:

  • Evolution Energy has already convinced major international groups by offering them a 20% saving in energy consumption, and therefore substantially reduced their emissions of greenhouse gases.
  • Qarnot Computing entered the third industrial revolution by heating homes and business premises, in performing decentralized operations of high performance computing for large clients. This radical offer eliminates the use of data centers, very energy-intensive, and value the heat from the calculation.

The next sessions of the Climate-KIC Accelerator France will take place in April and July.

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About Climate-KIC

Climate-KIC is the EU’s main climate innovation initiative. It is Europe’s largest public-private innovation partnership focused on mitigating and adapting to climate change. Climate-KIC consists of companies, academic institutions and the public sector.

Climate-KIC is one of the partnerships created in 2010 by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), the European Union body that fully integrates the knowledge triangle of business, education and research by forming dynamic cross-competency partnerships – Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs). KICs develop innovative products and services, start new companies, and train a new generation of entrepreneurs.

Climate-KIC has its headquarters in London, UK, and leverages national and regional centres across Europe to support start-up companies, bring together partners on innovation projects and to educate students to bring about a connected, creative transformation of knowledge and ideas into products and services that help mitigate and adapt to climate change.

Climate-KIC currently has centres in France, Germany, The Netherlands, Switzerland, the UK and a Nordic centre in Denmark with regional centres in Valencia, Spain; Central Hungary; Emilia Romagna, Italy; Lower Silesia, Poland; Hessen, Germany; and the West Midlands in the UK.

Climate-KIC is a partner of Solutions COP21 and active on their Hub


About the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) is an independent body of the EU; set up to address the EU’s innovation paradox. Europe has a lot of top-notch publicly funded research, while the translation of knowledge into innovation that can be marketed and be commercially successful creating growth and jobs is seriously lagging behind. And that’s where the EIT comes in.

The EIT has a unique role in increasing European sustainable growth and competitiveness by reinforcing the innovation capacity of the EU within a dynamic and shifting global context. EIT brings unique Europe-wide and large-scale development of competences and capacities to boost entrepreneurial innovation and accelerate market uptake of innovation outcomes.

The EIT is showing increasing results in this area, which in addition have a multiplier effect of 1-3 for every euro invested due to the EIT’s smart investment strategy which combines 25% investment from the EIT with 75% investment from the KIC partnerships. This leveraging and pooling of resources is the first for an EU body.

To date, the EIT’s KICs bring together more than 650 leading partners from business, research and higher education from all over Europe, for the first time fully integrating business, research and higher education. The first three KICs: Climate KIC, EIT ICT Labs and KIC InnoEnergy were selected in 2009. EIT Health and EIT Raw Materials are the latest KICs selected in December 2014. The EIT will launch the next call for KIC Proposals in 2016, focusing on Food4Future and Added-value Manufacturing with a further call tentatively planned for 2018 to address Urban Mobility.

Climate-KIC Contacts

Angela Howarth

Head of Communications, Climate-KIC

+44 (0) 20 7492 1972

Catherine Ouvrard

Communication Officer France and Innovation

+33 (0) 6 24 33 73 41

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