The Partner Accelerator programme is modelled on the EIT Climate-KIC Start-Up Accelerator and can be tailored to specific Partner needs.

The programme is divided in two stages: Stage 1 focuses on the creation of a viable scaling model, while Stage 2 focuses on the validation and refinement of the scaling model with a view toward the activity securing a pilot, a customer or investment.

Through EIT Climate KIC’s extensive experience of working with partners and the start-up community across Europe, we have learned that the most successful bids will require coaching support to develop viable scaling models. The Partner Accelerator programme provides an excellent opportunity to secure this valuable support.

EIT Climate-KIC’s country offices can help you with requesting the support that best meets your needs. In addition to coaching, this could include a range of other support formats, for example, market research, mentoring, training or financial planning assistance.

Eligibility Criteria

Partner Accelerator projects must fulfil the following requirements to be considered eligible for funding:



Maximum duration 12 months, but not spanning multiple calendar years
Maximum EIT funding request €50.000 (Fifty thousand euros)
Co-funding Total declared co-funding must be at least 25 per cent of the total EIT-funding requested

Quality Assessment Criteria

EIT Climate-KIC will use the following quality assessment criteria in assessing Partner Accelerator proposals:

  • Strategic fit and contribution to the climate innovation impact goals
  • Demand assessment systems
  • Innovation potential
  • Expected impact
  • Project consortium/partnership
  • Project plan and clarity of outputs
  • Value for money

For more information and to apply please consult the relevant documents in the Research and Innovation Opportunities page.

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