Amplifying the support for emerging climate start-ups and initiatives

EIT Climate-KIC, IDB Lab, and the Clean Technology Fund have partnered to advance climate innovation in Latin American and the Caribbean. We are supporting innovation agencies, incubators, accelerators, ecosystem builders, venture capital investors, co-working spaces, and hubs to enhance their entrepreneurship offering for local climate start-ups across Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, and Peru. Implemented from June 2023 to May 2025, the initiative sets a pathway towards inclusive, sustainable growth, resonating with the goals of the Paris Agreement.  

The programme at a glance
25 Entrepreneurship Support Organisations
12 Countries
100 Climate Start-Ups

Phase1: Capacity building for accelerators

Up to 25 organisations will receive tailored capacity building and knowledge transfer in specific areas around supporting climate innovations. This will enable local entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystems to participate more proactively in addressing the climate crisis, promoting acceleration and commercial deployment of locally relevant innovation mitigation technologies.

Open Call for Entrepreneurship Support Organisations

We invite all organisations that wish to initiate or deepen their involvement in fighting climate change by supporting start-ups focused on mitigating carbon emissions. This invitation extends to innovation agencies, incubators, accelerators, ecosystem builders, venture capital investors, co-working spaces, and hubs. Female-led entrepreneurship support organisations are strongly encouraged to apply.

Programme benefits

  • Expert knowledge & training to elevate your involvement in climate innovation.

  • Collaboration & networking to engage with like-minded organisations.

  • Visibility & recognition as a key partner in our regional network.

  • Investor network and potential funding that can help scale the impact of your organisation.

Eligible countries: Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, and Peru.

Minimum requirements:

  • Experience in entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship support of at least two years.

  • Previous experience working on, supporting, or leading accelerator programs for start-ups in the region.

  • Size: minimum 2 people with high dedication to the organisation

  • Working knowledge of the entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystems in their region.

  • Ability to develop and deliver analytical and audience-friendly insights.

  • Adherence to professional ethics and quality standards in evaluation.

  • Basic written and spoken English competency. Legal constitution as an organisation (private, public, NGO, etc.).


22 August 2023 – Launch Open Call for ESOs

31 August 2023 – English Webinar – Register 

14 September 2023 – Spanish Webinar – Register

30 September 2023 – Deadline for Applications

31 October 2023 – Announcement of selected ESOs

November to March 2024 – Capacity Building and Co-Creation of ClimAccelerator Plans

To access the call document in English click here

To access the call document in Spanish click here

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Phase 2: Acceleration of local climate innovations

A handful of entrepreneurship support organisations will receive funding to implement EIT Climate-KIC’s ClimAccelerator programme, designed to scale early-stage start-ups for climate impact. The accelerators will support a total of 100 start-ups across three stages of business development. We will also guide start-up founders through a climate impact assessment to determine the emissions mitigation potential of each solution. 

Our funding partners

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IDB Lab is the innovation laboratory of the IDB Group, the leading source of development financing and expertise for improving lives in Latin America and the Caribbean. The purpose of IDB Lab is to drive innovation for inclusion in the region, mobilizing financing, knowledge, and connections to test early-stage private sector solutions with the potential to transform the lives of vulnerable populations affected by economic, social, and environmental conditions. Since 1993, IDB Lab has approved more than US$ 2 billion in projects deployed across 26 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.  

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The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) is one of the largest multilateral climate funds in the world. It was established in 2008 to mobilize finance for low-carbon, climate-resilient development at scale in developing countries. 14 contributor countries have pledged over $11 billion to the funds. To date, committed CIF capital is mobilizing more than $62 billion in additional financing, particularly from the private sector, in over 70 countries. CIF’s large-scale, low-cost, long-term financing lowers the risk and cost of climate financing. It tests new business models, builds track records in unproven markets, and boosts investor confidence to unlock additional sources of finance. Recognizing the urgency of CIF’s mission, the G7 confirmed its commitment to provide up to $2 billion in additional resources for CIF in 2021. Headquartered at the World Bank building in Washington DC, CIF works with six multilateral development banks.