Over the past 10 years, the EIT Climate-KIC accelerator programme has been a major climate innovation solution provider, with over 1,500 solutions supported and nearly €1 billion of capital secured.
As we move forward, partnerships are at the forefront of our entrepreneurship programmes. We must harness the full force of a diverse, global, connected community to create the exponential effects we need to unlock systemic change.
Our entrepreneurship pipeline has shifted into multi-stakeholder and transformational programmes. The Climathon programme for citizen activation and ideation first plants the seeds of inspiration. Our incubator, ClimateLaunchpad, then helps innovators turn ideas into climate-positive businesses – we’ve supported over 3,000 of them! Finally, ClimAccelerator scales and accelerates these start-ups through radical collaboration and sharing resources.
Entrepreneurs and their teams can only go so far. They need ideation support, business skills, access to networks, finance and mentorship opportunities. That’s where EIT Climate-KIC comes in. We pride ourselves in covering the entire pipeline of start-up development to unleash business solutions at the number, scale and speed required for systemic change.
Together, these programmes bridge the gap between climate-positive ideas and large-scale impact. Citizens, students, experts, corporates, governments, and entrepreneurs can connect with a global ecosystem of breakthrough solutions in emissions reduction and climate adaptation.
Join our programmes to unleash the innovation potential of solutions that shape a climate-positive new normal.
Successful innovation starts with a good idea
Our ideation and open innovation programmes help create the conditions to fuel inspiration, garner fresh thinking, raise visibility for or promote engagement with a climate challenge. 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Seed-funded rapid business incubation
If ideation is the inspiration, then perspiration – the hard work of refining and developing a climate product or service – is what comes next.
Our unique startup Accelerator programme offers structured business and commercial support to European start-ups in the new climate economy. It is a real-world business school for entrepreneurs with rapid development for maximum climate impact, transforming great ideas into successful climate-positive businesses.
The Accelerator programme offers coaching, training, technology validation and office space in 21 support locations and 14 EU countries.
Selected start-ups benefit from up to €95,000 in seed funding — financial support with no equity taken — exposure to customers, partners and investors as well as access to an extensive relevant international network.