Join the #1 European Climate Innovation Accelerator
EIT Climate-KIC Accelerator is the only EU acceleration programme focused on climate impact by cleantech commercialisation.
In three stages, our 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!
The programme is currently accepting applications from even more countries – Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia – thanks to the EIT Regional Innovation Scheme (EIT RIS).
Search for EIT Climate-KIC Regional Innovation Scheme in this page if you have a specific interest in one of these locations or click the button below to access the application form and apply by 1 March 23:59 CET.
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*, or €10,000 for EIT Regional Innovation Scheme locations.
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.
Ready to fast-track your business?
EIT 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, EIT 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 EIT Climate-KIC’s Investor Marketplace, the platform connecting investors with climate change start-ups across Europe:
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 achieving global success? Then we would love to hear from you.
EIT 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.
Start-ups from Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Portugal, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia) are encouraged to apply to the EIT Climate-KIC Regional Innovation Scheme Accelerator. Apply until 1 March 23:59 CET.
EIT Climate-KIC Partners are encouraged to apply for the Partner Accelerator Programme.