EIT Climate-KIC is Europe's biggest network for climate-friendly innovations
Israel has seen tremendous change over the past 30 years with a substantial increase in population and economic growth and the development of a strong and dynamic academic sector.
This innovation and entrepreneurial hotbed has already resulted in the presence of partners of both EIT Health, EIT Food and EIT Urban Mobility in Israel, while the country has close links with Europe through its strong participation in the Horizon 2020 programme.
Our “Deep Demonstrations” are large-scale projects through which we offer our ‘systems innovation as a service’ model to Europe’s most ambitious ‘challenge owners’ – i.e. the mayors, government ministries, industries and community leaders, as well as funders who have the means and mandate to tackle Europe’s biggest climate change challenges.
Since 2019, EIT Climate-KIC’s eight Deep Demonstration projects act as a testbed environment for 1.5°C-consistent systems transitions called for by the IPCC, European policymakers and our own Transformation, in Time strategy. Deep Demonstrations are also sources of innovation and learning that can accelerate change elsewhere, and provide policy inputs.
Convening networks, leveraging grants, supporting climate innovators
We bring together partners in the worlds of business, academia, and the public and non-profit sectors to create networks of expertise, through which innovative products, services and systems can be developed, brought to market and scaled-up for impact. Through our convening power, EIT Climate-KIC brings together the most effective groups to create the innovation that can lead to systemic change.
We identify, source and place public and private funds that stimulate innovation. We track progress and outcomes and draw out learning and insight so that our funding partners can effectively invest their resources for maximum impact. By bringing together those with vision, with ideas, with low-carbon products and services, and with finance, we generate the critical mass needed to tackle climate change.
Since 2010, EIT Climate-KIC has supported over 1,800 climate-friendly startups throughout Europe through the ClimAccelerator.
What we offer
We support innovation, whatever its source: from large corporations, research institutes and public bodies through to start-ups and individual entrepreneurs. Our incubator programme ClimAccelerator gives structure and assistance to start-ups and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Through initiatives like our 24-hour hackathon, Climathon, or our cleantech ideas platform Climate Launchpad, we encourage fresh new thinking from beyond the mainstream to build a movement of climate action.
ClimateLaunchpad and Climathon
We help innovation teams identify and define ideas, offer support in putting together a network of partners, and provide seed funding to get things moving. ClimateLaunchpad is the world’s largest green business idea competition. Its mission is to unlock the world’s cleantech potential that addresses climate change. Each year the competition creates a stage for over 1,000 ideas to flourish, with partners in 35+ countries offering training, coaching, and financial support.
Climathon is a global 24-hour climate change hackathon that takes place simultaneously in major cities around the world every year. It attracts innovators, entrepreneurs, students and professionals to come together to create innovative solutions to climate challenges.
Tools to tackle climate change
We want to transform the way people learn, equipping individuals with the skills and knowledge to empower and enable them to tackle climate change in their communities. We also believe education should be prioritised in communities most vulnerable to climate impacts – offering experiential and transformational learning experiences.
Our programme portfolio offers practical ways to drive meaningful systems innovation – we provide learning services, four strategic programmes and free online courses. Knowledge sharing and learning continues after our programmes, with our Network of Climate Coaches and the EIT Climate-KIC Alumni Association.