Start-up Accelerator 

Applications for the 2020 edition are open until 1 March 2020.

EIT Regional Innovation Scheme (EIT RIS) Edition

The EIT Climate-KIC Accelerator is the only EU accelerator programme focused on climate impact by cleantech commercialisation - now coming to more countries across Europe.

Get access to an extensive international network, great education, intensive coaching and substantial financial support.

This edition of our start-up Accelerator is open for applications for start-ups in our EIT Regional Innovation Scheme (EIT RIS) countries:

• Bulgaria                       • Cyprus                       • Estonia                       • Greece

• Latvia                           • Portugal                    • Lithuania                    • Croatia

• Romania                      • Serbia                        • Slovenia                     

EIT Climate-KIC Accelerator: where great ideas grow into great businesses

What is in it for you?

Expert coaching, pitch training and workshops

International Bootcamp

Mentoring and networking

Financial support up to 50,000 EUR per team (depending on stage)

Access to Climate-KIC partners and network

The EIT Regional Innovation Scheme (EIT RIS) is EIT Climate-KIC's outreach programme to increase the innovation capacity of European regions that don’t yet benefit directly from the EIT and its Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs).

The programme connects EIT Climate-KIC with selected partnerships from business, higher education and research, as well as regional policy-makers, public entities and other stakeholders to spur innovation in Europe.


EIT Climate-KIC Accelerator is Europe’s largest cleantech accelerator for early stage startups. It is focused upon getting startups ready for their first investors and customers and helps them scale their business.

What is it all about?

Who we are looking for

Innovators with breakthrough ideas to counter climate change that fulfil the following criteria:

  • Up to five years since incorporation
  • Minimum of two founders OR you are you are working as a team (in total 2 FTE = Full Time Equivalents*), committed during the whole EIT Climate-KIC RIS Accelerator period
  • You have a startup based around a new technology or service with high potential for both commercial viability and climate impact.

 If you are an (early-stage) start-up fulfilling the above criteria, then our accelerator is the right place for you!

2020 Timeline

1 March 2020 (11:59 pm CET): Application deadline

23 March-23 April 2020: Live pitches for selection into programme

28 April - 28 May 2020: Contracting period

1 May 2020: Accelerator batch kicks off (Pre-Batch) 

1 June 2020: Accelerator batch/billable period starts

31 October 2020: Accelerator batch/billable period ends

*1 FTE is considered working 8 hours/day, 5 days/week

The Start-up Journey

The journey to an investible and scalable startup takes you through three stages, each with a special focus. 

The first stage of the Accelerator is intended to help early-stage Startups refine and develop their specific USP and business model. Here the first prototype can be finalised and assistance is provided to obtain industry feedback. Startups at this stage will receive support services and grants up to 10,000 EUR.

Stage 1: Business Model Development

Stage 2: Business Model Validation & First Customers

The second stage of the Accelerator builds on the first stage and helps move startups with a well-formulated business model to the next phase: validation and customer acquisition. Here again startups have access to grants and services but also funds to cover other materials that are required to help develop the business. Teams can now focus on acquiring their first customers and an iterative process of business model validation whilst receiving continuing support from expert coaches and mentors and participating in programme activities and workshops. Startups at this stage will receive support services and grants up to 25,000 EUR.

Stage 3: Onwards to Investment and Scaling

The third and final stage of the Accelerator aims to prepare fully-fledged startups for a future of investment rounds and scaling. Teams get continued access to workshops, trainings, coaching and mentoring. Startups in this stage of the programme are supported in preparation for negotiations with potential investors and partners and can tap into a network of investor contacts and partners.

Startups at this stage can receive support services and grants up to 50,000 EUR. 


Get in touch with your country's contact point by clicking on the country flag below.

Want to see what we did in previous years? Check out our 2017, 2018 and 2019 teams or watch the below video from our International Bootcamp in Frankfurt.












European coordinating partner:

The programme is run in cooperation with Provadis School of International Management and Technology AG (overall programme coordinator) as well as eleven local partners in the individual countries. Provadis School of International Management and Technology AG is a nationally accredited university of applied sciences and was founded in 2003. We offer part-time bachelor and master study programmes to our 1100 students. Being based at one of the largest industrial parks in Europe, we focus on management challenges of high-tech industries and professional service firms: The Industriepark Höchst.

The Center for Industry and Sustainability supports companies in their sustainable developments and hosts the EIT Climate-KIC accelerator initiatives in EIT RIS countries since 2016. 

Climate-KIC is the EU’s largest public private partnership 

addressing climate change through innovation

 to build a zero carbon economy .

We address climate change across four priority themes: 

urban areas, land use, production systems, 

decision metrics and finance. 

Education is at the heart of these themes to 

inspire and empower the next generation of climate leaders .

Climate-KIC is supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union.

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