Join the #1 European Climate Innovation Accelerator

Climate-KIC Accelerator is the only EU acceleration programme focused on climate impact by cleantech commercialisation.

In three stages, our 18-month program brings you the knowledge, resources, tools and the coaching a cleantech start-up needs for success.

Technology start-ups seldom fail on technology, they fail on commercialisation. Join us and we’ll let you in on all the secrets of achieving global domination in your market niche!

We recently showcased some of our start-ups at Slush, one of the world’s leading start-up events:


How does it work?

Stage 1: Fundamentals 

  • Find your market niche, develop a financial model and figure out how to make money and scale your business. Depending on where you follow this program, this stage comes with a grant of up to € 20,000*.

Stage 2: Validation

  • Are you solving real customer problems? Talk to customers and verify your business assumptions. The grants in Stage 2 are meant to cover your travel costs and could add up to € 25,000*.

Stage 3: Delivery 

  • Get your business ready for take-off. Find launching customers, development partners or investors. Form partnerships that make you grow fast. This final stage, you may get up to € 50,000.
Get your business ready for takeoff: find customers, development partners and investors to help you grow fast.
Transforming ideas into climate-positive businesses
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500m capital raised in external investment by our start-ups
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1000+ climate-positive companies incubated
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2500+ jobs created through our start-up community
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33 partners supporting the accelerator programme

Ready to fast-track your business?

Climate-KIC Accelerator is the world’s first real-life business school for cleantech entrepreneurs.

You learn whilst building your business better. You get great education, intensive coaching, substantial financial support and access to an extensive relevant international network.

Every year, Climate-KIC Accelerator supports over 150 start-ups in Europe, and this number is still growing.

Have a look at our top start-ups featured in Climate-KIC’s Investor Marketplace:

Investor Marketplace


How can you apply?

Participants need to have a breakthrough idea with a substantial impact on climate change. Still in doubt if entrepreneurship is your life calling? If you are a student you may want to check out our pre-incubation programme first. You need to be extremely motivated, because being a start-up is hard work. We expect your full commitment. Convinced and dedicated to achieve global success? Then we would love to hear from you.

Climate-KIC Accelerator is run from all our main locations: Austria, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Nordics, Spain, Switzerland, as well as the UK and Ireland, where the programme runs in London, Birmingham, Dublin and Edinburgh. Our Regional Innovation Centres have also started to offer acceleration activities: Central Hungary and Lower Silesia (Poland). Grants and terms may slightly differ per location due to local regulations.

The Climate-KIC Accelerator is now accepting applications from startups in even more countries thanks to the EIT Regional Innovation Scheme (EIT RIS). If your country isn’t listed above, find out more here.

Climate-KIC Partners are encouraged to apply for the Partner Accelerator Programme.

You can attend in any country, yet bear in mind that you need to be able to frequently attend the Climate-KIC centre that you apply in!

Sign Up HERE